This is a recent impressionist painting I finished of part of the Gay Village in Toronto. Set against the grey of the road and sky, they are beacons drawing the eye in. The weather and light work together to bring us down to earth, away from the urban forest or flagpoles and banners and skyscrapers all of which are receding. We are visually drawn down to a human scale but still have difficult discerning human form from street furniture. It is at this human level that we find the most to connect with.
Also, I love red lights in the rain.