Friday, December 3, 2010

Capital Inspiration














Oil 30" x 24"




As a young teenager some of my buddies and I would hang around a nearby supermarket in the hope of being hired to haul some shopper's groceries home for a big twenty-five cent coin.

All the while I had the notion of a larger arrangement behind these brick walls.

The encouraging owner of a bookstore next door elevated my capitalist endeavor and self-image from delivery boy to loftier heights.

3 comments:

Sharon Katz said...

Lovely Neil, is this your first oil painting? The colours are clean and bright, and you're fearless when it comes to painting people. I just noticed, even Zoe made it into the picture!

Anonymous said...

Simply love this rendition. Reminds of the first generation of Steinberg's stores in the 30-40s...

Neil Toulch said...

Thanks for the comment.

The Steinbergs portrayed here was inspired by the location at Bernard and Bloomfield in Outremont.

We lived a few blocks over on Durocher and my mom only shopped there.

The actual building can be seen by zooming in at the following link presently occupied by Les 5 Saisons:

http://maps.google.com/maps?client=safari&rls=en&q=google+maps+bernard,+outremont&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=Avenue+Bernard,+Outremont,+QC,+Canada&gl=us&ei=OYZSTZaYJ4-p8Aba8MidCg&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CB4Q8gEwAA