Artistic Inspirations: Cities I love to Paint

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Welcome back to Art Thursdays of my B.R.E.A.T.H.S. blog where I invite you into Brainerd’s Brushstrokes and Photography studio. This is a space where I share my artistic right-brained side which is a nice balance from my research-loving left-brain. For the four weeks this April, I will be posting about my artistic inspirations. Last week, I  shared some of my favorite inspirational artists. This second week, I am sharing two cities that inspire me to paint a series, Long Beach, California, and Paris, France. 


Long Beach, California Paintings

In January 2013, I started doing social paintings with my friends at Brushstrokes and Beverages located in downtown Long Beach, CA. At least once a month for five years, I would attend one of their paint and sip parties they held in multiple restaurant locations and some in their art studio downtown. On August 15, 2016, I painted my first Long Beach painting, “Summertime in LBC,” at Linden Public Restaurant. On my walk home passing a bar, there was a guy traveling to Long Beach who asked to buy my painting as a souvenir, so I sold him my painting for a beer and a few bucks. The next day, I was painting at Alegria Restaurant, and decided I would recreate a similar painting, but included a rainbow-style sunset to reflect the LGBTQ+ presence in Long Beach. 

Paris, France Paintings

Although I have never been to Paris, that is one of the most inspirational cities I aspire to visit soon! My first Paris painting I created on November 20, 2013 at District Wine in Long Beach called, “#AbstractParisStamp.” My second painting called, “Moonlit Paris,”  was done on April 20, 2015 at Sip restaurant in the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel. The third Paris painting I completed in Long Beach on August 8, 2015, was at Alegria Cocina Latina called, “Pastel Sunset in Paris.”

Conclusion on Inspirational Cities Series

While I have several art pieces of cities, there are two cities that have inspired multiple paintings, Long Beach, California, and Paris, France. I lived in Long beach for eight years and fell in love with the art, culture, and of course the beach. I have not traveled to Europe yet, but the first city I would like to visit is the romantic and stunning Paris, France. While I am there, I plan to sit in front of the Eiffel Tower and paint a picture for myself as a souvenir. I have given away most of my paintings, sold a handful, and kept a couple for myself, so it will be nice to have one I painted to keep as a special token of my traveling experience. 


Thank you for reading and viewing,

Dr. Jaime Brainerd, E.d.D.

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Dr. Brainerd

Hello, I am Dr. Jaime Brainerd Ed.D., a lifelong learner, beauty consultant, author, financial specialist, artist, traveler, health enthusiast, and self care advocate. Please follow my website for my B.R.E.A.T.H.S. blogs.

4 thoughts on “Artistic Inspirations: Cities I love to Paint

  1. Jaime, your article brought back some pleasant memories. I lived and attended fashion design school in Long Beach, California, many moons ago, when I too decided to cater to my right-brain to balance my left-brain research-loving side. Although I’ve visited France twice, i’ve never visited the Eiffel Tower. It’s on my bucket list. Thanks for the memories.

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