I’m not a fan of the cold weather to begin with. Why would someone live in a city where the wind hurts your face? I will never understand why people choose to live there. But the city lit up with Christmas lights and the Drake hotel lobby with a giant decorative Christmas tree in the middle will always be one of my favorite memories.
My birthday is in December and when I was thirteen, my mom surprised me with a trip to the city. We stayed in the Drake Hotel for a long weekend. I fell in love with the city and that hotel during Christmas time. With everything decorated and the lights gleaming, there was a certain magic about the city at that time.
This particular year, my family and I went back to the Drake Hotel on Michigan Avenue. We walked into the lobby and standing before us was the gorgeous Christmas tree that seemed to touch the high ceiling of the heavily decorated lobby. We relocated to the bar after snapping a few pictures in front of the tree.
On the way home it started to snow and while walking down the street, I snapped the photo on the top right. It had been a perfect night and dinner with my family and friends and I felt as though the year was coming to an end very nicely, wrapped up with a big Christmas bow.
The inspired look that I came up with for this photograph and painting took on the golden hues that the city displayed that night. As the snow came down and the photo was taken, the streetlights glowed. The fences and cars all seemed a black in contrast to the light shining off of the newly fallen snow.