This piece began as a class demonstration? in monochromatic painting and was later completed in the studio. I like the mood and film noir feel of the finished work. It reminds me of the opening shot for a black and white Hollywood crime movie from the 1940's or early 1950's.
The voiceover - "Corrupt cops and politicians, hookers and junkies, delinquents and gangsters ...you'll find them all on the COLD HARD STREETS. (Title scrawled across the screen as orchestra comes in)
?Rain drops and rivulets create a dancing prism of colored lights, on the window glass, against a backdrop of the city at night. ...and it's even raining as I write this!
A woman leans out of the old hotel window hoping to catch a breeze as the sounds of the rundown neighborhood drift up from the dirty pavement. The full moon shines down on the shabby buildings as traffic noise and sirens pierce the night ...down at the end of lonely street.
The tugboat is one symbol of New York. Along with its more famous icons of Lady Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the Brooklyn Bridge, the sturdy little tugs, once all steam powered, working quietly in the harbor became a sight in the city. In this painting morning dawns, and the city looms in the background with pleasure craft nearby. This working class boat chugs along, followed by a flock of noisy seagulls.