I made this painting as part of my watercolor collection for @uofmichigan students and alumni as well as Ann Arbor residents. This piece will conclude my Ann Arbor portion of the collection.
While every painting is its own experience for me, this one is very close to my heart as this is my hometown.
I designed this painting around the Michigan and State theaters, both of which are hallmarks of the city and carry a rich history. The bright summer colors reflect the brilliant, artistic nature of the architecture as well the lively vibe from the city’s colorful residents. There are a number of tributes to the University of Michigan in the painting as the city radiates Wolverine pride. I also paid a large tribute to the very popular and artistic John Leidy shop, which inhabited the space next to the Michigan Theater for over fifty years before closing its doors approximately ten years ago.
A little bit about my process--I start by taking my own photography of the scene at different times of the day. I work from a handful of photos with varying light and pull different elements I want to make the most “perfect” fantasy-like picture. The paintings start with a pencil drawing, then I paint away! When the painting is complete, I take it to a professional printing house in Ann Arbor whom I’ve been working with for over a decade. They scan my painting at an extremely high resolution to capture literally every drop of paint and I use the electronic file to make my prints. I have my own HUGE state-of-the-art professional Canon printer, and with a background in graphic design myself, I personally print and package every single one of my products. I am a very detail oriented and my customers receive nothing short of perfection✨ Prints of Liberty Street are on sale now! Link in bio ➡️ @nikileeshipman_watercolors
Liberty Street, University of Michigan
Watercolor on Paper
24” x 18”
Prints: Multiple Sizes