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.


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...


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:,+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