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Finished Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis, January 16, 2010

January 16, 2010

Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis

I finished my second watercolor today.  This image was posted several days ago, when it was nearly complete.  Both watercolors finished today have been “in progress” for a couple of months now.  Too many interruptions and holiday-related events impeded my progress on them.  Delighted to be past them now, and ready for a new and fresh composition.  Maybe tomorrow . . .

January 4, 2010–St. Louis Jazz at the Bistro

January 5, 2010

Facade of a St. Louis Jazz Club

I have this watercolor about 99.5% finished now, so I thought I would go ahead and post it.  As noted in previous blogs, I feel a tug-of-war between the Andrew Wyeth/drybrush/neutral technique that has been my focus for some years now, over against the more recent Impressionist/plein air/saturated color technique that I have enjoyed.  My eye delights in both.

Last August while visiting my hometown St. Louis, I came across this incredible edifice of a jazz club near the renovated Fox Theater.  Standing outside of it made me feel a sense of loss as I noted the darkened interior, and thought the business had closed its doors.  As it turns out (see the post below) the club was closed for the month of August.  I paused that afternoon in silence, trying to conjure up in my memory the fading distant notes of Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Dizzie Gillespie.   In my watercolor sudies, I have made a few jabs at blues musicians and environments, but this is my first attempt at jazz, and hopefully not my last.

I look forward to visiting Jazz at the Bistro next time I visit St. Louis.  I’m ecstatic to know the place still thrives, and can’t wait to see the inside and hear what they have to bring.