Watercoloring Ghost Signs and Weathered Bricks

Savoy Coffee Shop and Hotel

I awoke this morning with a passion for working on ghost signs and weathered bricks in watercolor.  I had been avoiding that part of this large watercolor I began a few days ago.  For several hours now, I have been masking, drawing, spattering, pouring and salting layers and layers of flowing watercolor onto the weathered side of this historic building.  It has been years since the last time I pursued this kind of a subject.  Ghost signs have fascinated me since I was a child on road trips, trying in vain to read through the layers of the painted palimpsests adorning the sides of recycled businesses.  Fortunately, I have a number of photos of this building to study and seek to emulate.

The intellectual company has been sweet this morning.  I listened (for the thousandth time) to the DVD of Robert Motherwell and the New York School:  Storming the Citadel.  I miss him since he passed away, and will always be grateful that he left these sensitive interviews behind.  John Donne’s Meditation has always moved me, his words saying that someone else’s death diminished him.  I certainly feel that concerning Motherwell.  I share his intellect, his aesthetic, and his love for literature, even if his style is totally foreign to what I attempt to do as an artist.  The poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins and George Herbert have also kept me good company during the drying stages of this watercolor that have forced me to walk away from it.  And speaking of which, I suppose it is dry enough to resume, so I guess I’ll go back and see how much further I can kick it this afternoon.

Thanks for reading.

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2 Responses to “Watercoloring Ghost Signs and Weathered Bricks”

  1. Ghostsigns (@ghostsigns) Says:

    Look forward to seeing more of this. I have written about a number of other artists who have used ghostsigns in their work or as platforms of inspiration: http://www.ghostsigns.co.uk/tag/art

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