14 Mar 2012

“Yellow Wall”

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Nancy Clearwater Herman, Yellow Wall, 2012

This Hopper-esque painting of houses in Manayunk, a neighborhood in the northwest section of Philadelphia, viewed from the Cynwyd Trail by Nancy Herman reminded me very powerfully of the view of house roofs I saw looking out the attic window of my boyhood home in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. I was startled and a bit moved by nostalgia. It seems that densely built, working class Pennsylvania neighborhoods have a pretty strong degree of architectural similarity.

The artist writes:

This is the last painting from the Cynwyd Trail for now. I know I will be returning to these close-ups of Manayunk from the trail sooner or later as I love the shapes created by the roof tops. While I am painting them I imagine living in these houses, which adds to the fun. Everything looks so cheery on this sunny afternoon but what is it really like to live there?

She actually sells these for only $125. If that one weren’t already sold, I’d have liked to have acquired it.

Hat tip to Vanderleun. How did he find it, I wonder?

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I wish I knew how I found many items at kaching and my other tumblr nothingvia but the memory of many eludes me.

As for wanting this painting, Herman’s active at


Write her and commission a copy. That’s what I would do. I’m sure she’d do it. Artists are very flattered by commissions.

Nancy Herman

Thank you for posting my painting and your kind words of appreciation. I would be happy to make another version of this particular painting as I enjoyed painting it very much.


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