Monday, September 6, 2010

The Littlest Bar, Province Street


The Littlest Bar, Province Street Boston
Oil with a palette knife on cradled artist board

14" x 11"
SOLD

You might be wondering about the emphasis of the bright red window in the bottom right of this painting. Well, that is what used to be "The Littlest Bar". This Irish Pub, truly the littlest bar you've ever seen, closed it's doors a few years ago, but I just read recently that they opened a newer, and not so little bar in the Financial District not too far from this original location. Here is a portion of an article about it closing its doors. I just noticed the that date of the article is also my birthday.


Polo and I visited the bar when it was still open at this location and it was quite a local experience. Let's just say, they know when you are "just visiting". My friend Kim told me that she had a first date at this place. One of the patrons made a comment about her curly hair which I won't repeat here, but I guess the date worked out ok because they just celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary.

When I took the photo I used for my reference, I peered into the window only to see stacks of boxes. The new owner is apparently using it for storage. The entire street has gone through quite a transformation. That building to the right of it is full of high rise condos. I so love the juxtaposition of old and new that you see all around Boston. I sure hope they come to their senses soon and do something interesting with this space. I mean, they gave it a fresh coat of bright red paint after all. I was glad to see they kept it intact.

Here is a close up of the only part of the painting that has people. You can see that it's only a few strokes that define the woman diners. I saved that part for last and had fun with it.

2 comments:

martinealison said...

Lovely painting... Je me suis rendue tout près en juin cette année... J'ai beaucoup aimé Boston.... Bisous

AutumnLeaves said...

My goodness, Ann. Every time you post a new piece, I am truly blown away. What immediately caught my fascination were the lovely baskets of hanging flowers. Then I got intrigued by the little red bar and then got lost in the two diners...What a fabulous piece in total. You are amazing!

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