Purple Rain, oil on panel

Purple Rain, oil on panel

895.00

  • Purple Rain, oil on panel - Sarah Pollock Studio Original Cityscape and Landscape Paintings
  • Purple Rain, oil on panel - Sarah Pollock Studio Original Cityscape and Landscape Paintings

Purple Rain, oil on panel

895.00

One of my older brothers graduated from our local high school in southern Wisconsin a year early and promptly fled the cornfields and dairy cow pastures to the East Coast for college. I had just begun middle school at the time, making me an impressionable kid anxious for something cool and different. I consumed all of the music that he brought home on his "mix tapes" (yes, we're that old) during each semester break when he returned.

As a child of the 80s, I maintain a soft spot for the pop musicians of that era, especially Prince. Indeed, to this day, my favorite color is purple, and it figures heavily into my artwork as you see here in this painting from midtown Manhattan.

So imagine my elation when I was rummaging through the plastic cases of my brother's various mix tapes during one winter afternoon and I came across a tape that had several Prince songs.

"Holy cow! My super smart older brother and I share similar music taste!" I thought, proudly beaming in a moment of solidarity.

And then I turned the plastic case and looked at the spine, where he had handwritten, "Twit Music."

My elation turned to deflation. When I later asked him why he had a tape of "Twit Music," he explained that it was only something he used for parties. It most surely was not music that he actually liked.

But my opinion holds that if the music is good enough for a party, then it's good enough for me. I remained a steadfast fan of Prince and I was heartbroken when we lost him earlier this year. As you can surmise from the title of this painting, it's named in honor of Prince's blockbuster album from my youth. I never "make up" or fabricate the details of my paintings. When I saw this woman's sharp silhouette and her purple umbrella against the backdrop of NYC cabs, I knew I had a great composition.

Finally, if you doubt Prince's legitimacy as a musician, I encourage you to take a look at his performance of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" during the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction with Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and Steve Winwood. Where does his guitar go?

  • About: Original oil painting on linen panel (More information)
  • Artwork size: 12" x 18"

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