Posts Tagged ‘river town’

The Winfield Antique Store along Highway 79

May 8, 2011

Winfield , Missouri along Highway 79

I sincerely hope that this painting will be finished the next time I post it.  It’s had so many postings of its in-progress state that I fear I’m beginning to chase blog readers away.  Nothing new to say that I haven’t said before.  This is north of St. Louis on Highway 79 along the Mississippi River.  Winfield is a very small town, and unfortunately this classic antique store is closed.  I found it early on a summer morning, when the sun had just topped the ridge, lighting the facade with a magical rose glow.  I’ve tried to capture it three different times.  This is my first large painting of this subject (about 22 x 28″).

Thanks for reading.  Again, I hope to post it only once more, when signed and completed!

Summer Morning Odyssey along Missouri Highway 79

March 7, 2011

Sun Rising on Winfield, Missouri

I have completely re-written my opening blog page “Hello and thanks for entering my blog.”  That was long overdue.

I posted yesterday that it seemed unlikely that I would get into the studio today.  I have high school all day, and Open House tonight.  However, I got an early start on this day, and it now seems possible that I could get in some studio work this afternoon during the interim.  If I do, I’ll certainly post my progress.

Meanwhile here is a piece I have at the Weiler House Gallery (http://www.weilerhousefineart.com/#home).  I came across this location during a 2009 summer odyssey I took from my home town of St. Louis, north up Highway 79 en route to my college alma mater.  The location is Winfield, Missouri–a sleepy little Mississippi River town.  The sun was just rising over the Mississippi when I came across this abandoned store front–to me the most perfect setting for a watercolor study.  I photographed it at least twenty times from every conceivable angle, totally delighted at the warm early light of the sun and the cool shadows dancing everywhere.  The bright reds made me think of Edward Hopper’s Early Sunday Morning. I have painted this store a second time–the other from a frontal perspective like Hopper’s painting just mentioned.  Very soon, I hope to return to this and capture it from yet another angle.  I wish there were more structures like this in our small towns.  It seems they have all been cleared away and replaced with Seven-Eleven or comparable stores.

Thanks for reading.

Back in the Watercolor Studio, January 16, 2010

January 16, 2010

Watercolor nearing finish in studio

(Painting now finished, on sale at the Weiler House Fine Arts Gallery–$400)

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It’s terrific, having this Saturday free to return to watercolor, I’ve missed it so.  This work in progress was posted a few weeks ago.  Though it might not be readily apparent, much detail has been added throughout this day.  I know, the Devil is in the details, but I just love it so, whittling away at small areas that few viewers are going to see–blistered paint on wood, decaying wood grains, lichen on the concrete, subtle changes in the shadow colors.  I just get lost in all of that.

This abandoned store is in the town of Winfield, Missouri, a Mississippi riverfront town on Highway 79 northwest of St. Louis.  I was following this winding road back to my old college stomping grounds, in Kirksville, Missouri.  It had been decades since I last traveled this route.  I wasn’t disappointed.  Ghosts of memories past drifted across my conscious, Proust-like, as the day unrolled.  I photographed this store just an hour or so after the sun rose, and really wished to stop on the spot to do some watercolor sketches, but I decided instead to trust my digital camera, and my own interest to return to the subject later.  After all, Kirksville was still over 200 miles away via meandering state highways through farm country.  I knew I would be driving most of the day, because of the constant stoppages for photographing potential watercolor sites–and I did get out of the Jeep twice to do sketchbook work rapidly in pencil.  All the while, my tension between lingering and moving on echoed the words of Robert Frost–“The woods are lovely, dark and deep.  But I have promises to keep.  And miles to go before I sleep.”

I really hope I can get this painting finished by tonight.  I have several others waiting, and I’m interested in all of them at the same time–so scatter-brained this day!