I knew while I was taking art classes in high school that I was attracted to abandoned buildings, and wondered how one could call such a subject matter for art “beautiful.” The Andrew Wyeth drybrush studies drew me in, because he was always painting ruined architectural structures in Pennsylvania and Maine. Every time I looked at his paintings, I thought of the outbuildings on my grandparents’ farms in all their ramshackle appearance. I liked the look, and still do. I think that stories ooze from the details of such buildings.
This tire shop I came across in Atoka County Oklahoma arrested my attention to the point that I turned my vehicle around several miles down the highway and went back to see it and photograph it. Now, leading up to this Thanksgiving Day, I have watercolor sketched the site three times, and feel that I am just now “getting into” the subject. I think it deserves some short stories, some poems, some word sketches to depict it. And it is highly possible that I will be doing something further with the subject before I return to work next Monday. In the meantime, I am looking over these three watercolor attempts and pondering my next move.
Thanks for reading.
I paint in order to remember.
I journal when I feel alone.
I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.