Telegraph Hill Painting by Gregg Chadwick

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Telegraph Hill

Gregg Chadwick

United States

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Size: 18 W x 24 H x 0.5 in

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Painting: Oil on Canvas.

A couple, dressed for an evening out, saunters down a steep San Francisco hill. The early evening light blends with the incoming fog from the Golden Gate to create a seemingly timeless, poetic scene. Living in San Francisco for many years, I often found inspiration in such fleeting moments. Echoing my own travels, I began this painting in my San Francisco studio and finished it in Santa Monica.

When I lived in San Francisco and often on return visits, Lawrence Ferlinghetti's bookstore City Lights beckoned. A few years ago with my great friend Phil Cousineau on a book tour for our joint effort “The Painted Word”, we were able to stand together in a packed upper room at City Lights and express our deep admiration for Ferlinghetti's inspiration. My painting “Telegraph Hill” seems to carry the feelings we all felt in the bookstore that night. Ferlinghetti's poem “The Changing Light” (see below) embodies that wistful moment.


The Changing Light

by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The changing light

at San Francisco

is none of your East Coast light

none of your

pearly light of Paris

The light of San Francisco

is a sea light

an island light

And the light of fog

blanketing the hills

drifting in at night

through the Golden Gate

to lie on the city at dawn

And then the halcyon late mornings

after the fog burns off

and the sun paints white houses

with the sea light of Greece

with sharp clean shadows

making the town look like

it had just been painted

But the wind comes up at four o'clock

sweeping the hills

And then the veil of light of early evening

And then another scrim

when the new night fog

floats in

And in that vale of light

the city drifts

anchorless upon the ocean

"The Changing Light" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, from How to Paint Sunlight. © New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2001.


Note: "Telegraph Hill" is painted on a 24" x 18" oil primed linen canvas acquired on a painting excursion in Japan. Typical of many Japanese and European canvases, the stretcher bar depth is 1/2" .


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