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Chicago Skyline Sunset Watercolor #063Z

Chicago skyline watercolor of near north side skyscrapers at sunset.

This article is about Chicago skyline #063Z Sunset Watercolor, which is for sale at discount with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery, offering JPEG & PDF scans. This is my watercolor painting of the Chicago, Illinois, skyline at sunset.

Chicago Skyline Sunset Watercolor #2309. Key elements in this work of art are as follows:

  • John Hancock Center
  • Lake Michigan
  • Sunset
  1. John Hancock Center: The image of the John Hancock Center is done in soft lilac in accommodation to the same tones in the sunset. This soft color gives a gentle touch to the monarch of Michigan Avenue.
  2. Lake Michigan: Without the gentle curve of the shore the watercolor would be flat. Lake Michigan is crucial in every way to the pulse of this paintings as it is to the city.
  3. Sunset: The sunset sets the mood for this great city preparing for another nights rest. The glow of yellows and oranges fill the sky whose tones are echoed on east Lake Shore Drive.

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Chicago skyline watercolors

Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

312-303-0207

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ BFA

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Chicago Skyline Watercolor #062Z

Chicago skyline watercolor painting overlooking Lake Michigan.

This article is about Chicago skyline #062Z Skyline Watercolor, which is for sale at discount with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery, offering JPEG & PDF scans. This is my watercolor painting of the Chicago, Illinois, skyline overlooking Burnham Harbor.

Chicago Skyline Watercolor #158. Key elements to the work of art as follows.

  • Color
  • Burnham Harbor
  • Contour Lines
  1. Color: The color that I used for the overall tone is that of green, an almost terquoise green. This color permeates the entire fabric of the watercolor. Having this tone thoughout the work give continuity to the composition.
  2. Burnham Harbor: This is the most popular view of Chicago. Burnham Harbor is the front door of Chicago leading us from the waterfront to the Buckingham Fountain up to the foot of the Chicago Loop.
  3. Contour Lines: The lines of the watercolor are made of black pen & ink and carefully delineate the detail of each of the buildings without going into too much detail and then losing the caliber of the composition with dark spots and over hatched ink lines.

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Chicago skyline watercolors

Chicago skyline watercolor painting overlooking Lake Michigan.
Chicago skyline watercolor from Burnham Harbor.

Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

312-303-0207

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ BFA

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Chicago Skyline Watercolor Of Near North Side #061Z

Chicago skyline art in watercolors and pen & ink drawings

This article is about Chicago skyline #061Z Watercolor Of Near North Side, which is for sale at discount with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery, offering JPEG & PDF scans. This is my watercolor painting of the Chicago, Illinois, skyline of the near north side.

Chicago Skyline Watercolor Of Near North Side #1449. Key elements of the work of art are as follows.

  • Streeterville
  • John Hancock Center
  • Lake Michigan
  1. Streeterville: This area of Chicago is commonly called the near north side, however, in reality it is called and designated by the city as Streeterville. Famous for it’s fine shops and luxurious homes and condominiums, this area is one of the most sought after neighborhood in Chicago.
  2. John Hancock Center: The John Hancock Center looms over the skyline letting everyone know where you are. In this watercolor I have toned down the strong black paint of the building and removed the exoskeleton. Making these changes to the structure make it fit into the framework of the watercolor better. I rarely ever put hard black into any of my work, I most often tone down the black.
  3. Lake Michigan: Lake Michigan is indispensable in the watercolor for the glimmering reflections seen in the water make this scene come alive.

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Chicago skyline watercolors

Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

312-303-0207

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ BFA

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Chicago Skyline Watercolor Sunset #060Z

Chicago skyline watercolor painting over Lake Michigan at sunset.

This article is about Chicago skyline #060Z Watercolor Sunset, which is for sale at discount with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery, offering JPEG & PDF scans. This is my sunset watercolor painting of the Chicago, Illinois, skyline.

Chicago Skyline Watercolor Sunset #1170. Key elements of this work of art are as follows.

  • Sunset
  • Burnham Harbor
  • Lake Michigan
  1. Sunset: The sunset hold the theme of this gracious skyline watercolor. This time of day is very popular amongst all genre of paintings due to the large range of muted colors in the sky. The yellow nicely delineates the contour of the skyscrapers which are mirror by the waterfront of Burnham Harbor.
  2. Burnham Harbor: The front door of Chicago is none other than Burnham Harbor. This view of the city is the “defacto” image that all the world thinks of when Chicago comes to mind. The harbor in named after the great Chicago architect Daniel Burnham who designed many ground breaking building.
  3. Lake Michigan: The waterfront of Lake Michigan offers an added element of light. The water never, however, reflects the colors of the sky at sunset, it only reflects the city lights. When you look at this painting and all other waterfront sunsets the same will hold true.

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Chicago skyline watercolors

Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

312-303-0207

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ BFA

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Chicago Skyline Pen & Ink Drawing ~ Article #059Z

Chicago skyline pen & ink drawing of near north side on the lake.

This article is about Chicago skyline #059Z Pen & Ink Drawing #975, which is for sale at discount with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery, offering JPEG & PDF scans. This is my black pen & ink drawing of the Chicago, Illinois, skyline at Streeterville with the John Hancock Center.

Chicago Skyline Pen & Ink Drawing #975. Key elements of this work of art are as follows:

  • John Hancock Center
  • Black Pen & Ink
  • Lake Michigan
  1. John Hancock Center: The John Hancock Center is the highest element in the drawing and beautifully complimented by the Four Seasons Hotel and other  adjacent office buildings. This view of the Chicago Skyline, with the two elegant clusters of skyscrapers, on the near north side, or Streeterville, gracefully compliments each other. Though the John Hancock Center is taller and more robust being in front of the Water Tower Place building, it’s tapered shape gives an elegant balance to the cluster of skyscrapers across Michigan Avenue.
  2. Black Pen & Ink: The black ink makes for a strong bold statement at this image of these towering skyscrapers deserve. I have given elegant lines to indicate the stratus nimbus clouds that pass over the cityscape.
  3. Lake Michigan: The undisputed queen of Chicago, Lake Michigan gently sets at the bottom of the drawing with her calm and undulating waves giving support to the titanic images that rest upon her.

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Chicago skyline pen & inks

Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

312-303-0207

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ BFA

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Chicago Skyline Pen & Ink Drawing #058Z

Chicago skyline pen & inks

This article is about Chicago skyline #058Z Pen & Ink Drawing, which is for sale at discount with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery, offering JPEG & PDF scans. This is my brown pen & ink drawing of downtown Chicago, Illinois, in the area of east Randolph Street and east Wacker Drive.

Chicago Skyline Pen & Ink Drawing #871. Key elements in this drawing are as follows:

  • Skyscraper Formation.
  • Brown Pen & Ink.
  • Elevation.
  1. Skyscraper Formation: The formation of skyscrapers culminates with the Aon Center (formerly the Standard Oil of Indiana Building). From the left you are looking at east Randolph Street and from the right you are looking from east Wacker Drive, both of which are parallel along a four block stretch giving us this peninsula of office buildings and residential complexes.
  2. Brown Pen & Ink: The brown ink works wonderful for this type of drawing as it brings in the structural elements together and forms one sculptural piece.
  3. Elevation: The elevation is approximately at the bottom third of the drawing and the tree lined waterfront gives way to the luminous imagery of the skyscrapers glimmering in the reflections upon the water.

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Chicago skyline pen & inks

Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

312-303-0207

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ BFA

Chicago skyline pen & inks
Red pen & ink drawing of downtown Chicago by artist Stephen F. Condren.
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Chicago Skyline Pen & Ink Drawing #057Z

Chicago skyline pen & ink 870A

This article is about Chicago skyline #057Z Pen & Ink Drawing, which is for sale at discount with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery, offering JPEG & PDF scans. This is my brown pen & ink drawing of the Chicago, Illinois, skyline near Lincoln Park.

Chicago Skyline Pen & Ink Drawing #870. Key elements to this drawing are as follows:

  • John Hancock Center.
  • Brown Pen & Ink.
  • Landscape.
  1. John Hancock Center: The John Hancock Center is the focus of the drawing and as you see completely dominates the landscape. For this reason I have eliminated the famous exoskeleton in favor of gracious contour lines which work so much better.
  2. Brown Pen & Ink: The brown pen & ink offers a soft response to the tree lined walkway. The brown tone does not make the demand on high contrast so much as black in.
  3. Landscape: The landscape is centered on the walkway, in Lincoln Park, which leads right up to the cluster of skyscrapers that culminate with the aerials of the John Hancock Center. I have made the foliage on the trees and bushes as light as possible so as not to take away from the cityscape. If I were to make the trees dense with tedious line work they would totally dominate the drawing and displace the balance of the work of art. As large as the John Hancock Center is, this rendering of it has made it very light and a gracious architectural statement.

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Chicago skyline pen & inks

Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

312-303-0207

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ BFA

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Chicago Skyline Brown Pen & Ink Drawing Of Near North Side #056Z

Chicago skyline pen & ink 6/24/2018D

This article is about Chicago skyline #056Z, which is for sale at discount with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery, offering JPEG & PDF scans. This is my brown pen & ink drawing of the Chicago, Illinois. The view of the skyline is looking southward from Lincoln Park, along Lake Michigan.

Chicago Skyline Brown Pen & Ink Drawing #869. Key elements to the fine drawing are as follows:

  • Brown Pen & Ink.
  • Lake Michigan.
  • John Hancock Center.
  1. Brown Pen & Ink: This drawing is done in brown pen & ink so as to compliment the soft tones of the drawing. Everything about this drawing flows gracefully and elegantly. The John Hancock Center, which is the centerpiece of the drawing stands aloft in triumph over the scenic cityscape. On the far left is Lake Point Tower, drawn with just the right line work and weight to give full account of that great residential building.
  2. Lake Michigan: The presence of Lake Michigan is all pervasive in the coast drawing as she quietly dominates the lower portion of the drawing from side to side. It is along here that Lake Shore Drive nestles among the trees as it moves traffic along the lakefront.
  3. John Hancock Center: The undisputed grand monarch of Streeterville, and among the greatest skyscrapers of history stands the John Hancock Center. The line work that portrays this great structure is exact and elegant at the same time, perfectly expressing with a few strokes this mighty structure. I have gently worked every detail of this building so as to bring out it excellent proportions, and in so doing leaving the giant exoskeleton out of the drawing.

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Chicago skyline pen & inks, Chicago skyline brown pen & ink,

Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

312-303-0207

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ BFA

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Chicago Skyline Red Bamboo & Ink Drawing #055Z

Chicago skyline bamboo & red ink drawing of near north side.

This article is about Chicago skyline #055Z, which is for sale at discount with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery, offering JPEG & PDF scans. This is my bamboo & red ink drawing of the Chicago, Illinois, skyline of Streeterville and the John Hancock Center. Key points of this drawing are as follows:

  • Bamboo & Red Ink.
  • John Hancock Center.
  • Elevation.
  1. Bamboo & Red Ink: This delightful drawing is drawn from a large bamboo drawing stick that I have in my studio. With the thick surface of the bamboo it makes a wonderful stylus to make firm thick contour lines and you can clearly see here. I have made the contour of the buildings a flowing wave that characterized the structures and the bamboo pen has made this possible.
  2. John Hancock Center: The deepest red in the entire drawing is the apex of the John Hancock Center, a sort of “cherry on the cake” for the completion of the drawing which also ends this small series that I have done of Streeterville and the John Hancock Center.
  3. Elevation: The elevation is right at sea leave to maximize the height of the John Hancock Center.

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Chicago skyline pen & inks

Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

312-303-0207

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ BFA

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Chicago Skyline Red Pen & Ink Drawing #054Z

Chicago skyline pen & ink drawing of John Hancock Center.

This article is about Chicago skyline #054Z Red Pen & Ink Drawing, which is for sale at discount with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery, offering JPEG & PDF scans. This is my red pen & ink drawing of the Chicago, Illinois, skyline in Streeterville with the John Hancock Center.

Chicago Skyline Red Pen & Ink Drawing #854. Key points to this drawing are as follows:

  • Red Pen & Ink.
  • John Hancock Center.
  • Negative Space.
  1. Red Pen & Ink: This drawing is done in red in so as to compliment the small series that I have done here.
  2. John Hancock Center: The John Hancock Center has been the focus of my small series here on red pen & inks of Streeterville. This famous building makes a wonderful centerpiece for all the buildings that cluster around it.
  3. Negative Space: The use of fine red lines as an outlines give full body to the skyscrapers that make up Streeterville. I have drawn these in such a manner as to give heft and strength to the images. The use of negative space has been maximized to the extreme without any sacrifice to the robust buildings that make up this great city.

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Chicago skyline pen & inks

Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

312-303-0207

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ BFA