I painted this over 25 years ago, when I was just getting the feel for watercolors. It was also when I used to take my 35mm film camera with me wherever I went. You just never know when inspiration will appear, so you have to be prepared. As Picasso said, "Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working."
The original photo was taken in downtown Chelsea, Michigan. (I'll show it to you if I can find it!) Something about the storefront caused me to pause and take another look, and then a photo. It seemed a sad end to a chapter of someone's history, as the windows stood covered in a red paper, the awning tattered and faded. While progress moved along the sidewalk, this spot looked as though it had been left behind.