I am starting to repair some of the bad beginnings to this painting. It started out as a poured watercolor, and much of the pouring of the foliage in the background got away from me. Thanks to the brush, and some patience, the foliage is starting to look a little better. I had also exerted considerable clumsiness in rendering this store facade in pencil. Today, thanks to the eraser and a good triangle, I “re-plumbed” the structure and now it actually appears to be standing upright as it should. Some of the faulty perspective lines of the siding have also been repaired. The building looks more “correct” now.
I had the rare privilege of spending the good part of today in my studio. The past week of school was vomitous, with state-mandated tests taking up all the mornings, and then entire “regular” day scheduled classes crushed into the afternoon hours–felt like 15-hour workdays and I came home every evening exhausted and disgusted. Glad that is behind me now. Today was a much better day.
Winfield, Missouri is a sleepy Mississippi River town on Highway 79 northwest of St. Louis. I traveled this road frequently during my university years as the highway connected my home with my campus five hours away. Two summers ago, while on vacation, I decided to follow this old river highway once more to see if there were any sites worth capturing in watercolor. I passed this establishment just as the sun was coming up. I have already painted it twice (smaller compositions that you can see on my website http://www.recollections54.com) but now have decided to go for some size and detail.
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