Also just flew back from Chicago, which we got to by train from San Francisco. We took a break from the 60-hour journey by stopping in Denver for a couple of days: a clean and beautiful city. What impressed me most was the vegetarian restaurant Watercourse Foods, which is filled with paintings of prairieland creatures by Denver artist Ravi Zupa. A thoughtful and beautiful installation down to the drawings that trickle off the parchment-colored canvas onto patinized walls, and I'm telling you, they love bison art in Colorado, but Ravi's is the best. How I would love to fill a restaurant with paintings and get to really create an immersive experience like he has.
Chicago of course is amazing for its architecture, Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate in Millenium Park, and the Art Institute with its Impressionists and Edward Hopper's Nighthawks. Also my friends there, and the polar bear at Lincoln Park Zoo. Travel ought to be great inspiration for many more paintings.
We could see Blue Line Arts from the train as it passed through Roseville. Find out about the gallery here: http://www.bluelinearts.org