This is one of a series of paintings depicting the beautiful bicycles of San Francisco. I found this bike and was attracted immediately to the bright yellow parking meter contrasting the teal green bicycle. The contrast is stunning, and, like most of the things I paint, I am always so surprised to actually find those contrasting colors or elements together. My eye out are always on the lookout for them, and they seem to almost magically appear.  I spent a lot of time on this painting figuring out how to reduce the background shapes and colors in way that would bring forward the bicycle and the yellow parking meter. The green and red opposites and the yellow and purple in the middle and foreground come together to help the bicycle and its old friend Parking Meter pop off the page. The painting is on watercolor paper affixed to a cradled wood board.

- Nancy Muren

Strange Friendship

Watercolor painting on wood
Stained wood edges
Varnished and Ready to hang

Signed on front and back

16" h x 20" w x 1.5" d
2 lbs. 4 oz.



Nancy Muren
Tacoma, Washington

Getting to Know Nancy

Nancy Muren likes to slow down and appreciate the unique qualities in overlooked items. She feels that in our rapid lifestyle, and with all our new gadgets, “we might miss something very interesting and beautiful.” That’s what she hopes to portray in her paintings. She also finds inspiration in her four grown children. When she’s not painting, she enjoys walking, swimming, riding her bike and hunting for treasures at thrift stores and estate sales. She currently lives in California. Fun fact: on her dad’s side, her ancestors were on the first boat of settlers headed to the shores of Quebec, Canada.