Whenever I'm in Boston, I always look for the Citgo sign which is located in the Back Bay area and overlooks Fenway Park. Some years back, Citgo was going to tear down their weather-beaten sign. However, they were met with tremendous resistance from Bostonians who have great affection for this landmark.
This painting is based on a photo that I snapped while caught in traffic on Storrow Drive. The red tail lights create a line that moves your eye into the lower right corner of the canvas. This balances nicely with the red Citgo sign in the upper left. To get the composition that I wanted, I used Photoshop to modify my reference photo and moved the sign (along with some buildings) further to the right.