“A cityscape is not a landscape painted within city limits,” says Stewart White. “A cityscape is a painting that reveals the urban fabric — the textures, colors, and energy that express the density of urban life. Too often, I find a painting of a rural setting with a faint outline of the city skyline in the background described as a cityscape. It is nothing of the sort. A depiction of a townhouse may be urban in nature, but it’s hardly evocative of the city landscape. An urban park, such as Central Park in Manhattan, may show the proximity of the city and be considered a cityscape, but a boat in a pond without the urban reference is merely a painting of a boat and a pond. As a city resident, I know that there are features and lighting effects in the city environment that make capturing it a unique and exciting form of landscape painting. Whether it’s steam pouring out from below the streets or early morning shadows creeping up the side of a building as rush hour begins, the city provides an endless source of inspiration.”
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