New York City painter Thor Wickstrom was recently painting autumn in New York, and thinking about the wind, which was rearranging his view by the minute.
Lead Image: Thor Wickstrom painting a fall scene in Manhattan
“With an autumn scene, you need to paint fast,” says Wickstrom. “If there is a little wind, the painting might change drastically over the course of your painting. So, because of how quickly it all changes, it reminds me to keep it loose and brushy, to focus on the effect of the light as opposed to the details. I love that spot for many reasons, but one is because it’s a few hundred feet from my apartment. Painting in New York City in general is a delight. I find New Yorkers to be respectful and honest. In our neighborhood, I have lots of conversations in Spanish, and I don’t really speak it! But I can say ‘gracias.’”