Mary Ann Kitchell Art Blog
The Summit Diner was built in 1938. As far back as 1910 there was a horse-drawn lunch wagon on wheels on this site in downtown Summit, New Jersey.
The Summit Diner is listed in a book titled "Jersey Diners" written by Peter Genovese. The author states his 1996 research found 570 diners in New Jersey. A persistent rumor has been that Ernest Hemingway ate at the Summit Diner.
Patronized by police, public works people, and corporate suits alike, the Diner has been painted by many artists.
I've done numerous studies in ink and watercolor, as well as a three-dimensional piece in wood. This painting is a watercolor. I found it a challenge because the only green was a straggly tree growing in the alley behind the restaurant. I admit I enhanced the size and shape of the tree to create a break in the hard geometric lines on the Diner and surrounding buildings. Artistic license!!!