Posts Tagged ‘Savoy Hotel’

Best of Show, Desoto Art League

June 7, 2013
Best of Show, Desoto Art League

Best of Show, Desoto Art League

My “Trinidad, Colorado Morning” just took Best of Show at the 2013 Desoto Art League Annual Art Show.  I was shell-shocked.  The quality of the works surrounding me was overwhelming.  They gave awards in the categories of Photography, Dry Media, Watercolor, Mixed Media, Oil & Acrylic, and 3-Dimensional art.  All the categories were so top-heavy in quality, that I didn’t feel much surprised to be passed over for all the places in watercolor.  I had no idea Best of Show had been set aside for me.  I’m quite numb tonight.

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Working into the Night in the Watercolor Studio

August 23, 2012

Close Up of Savoy Watercolor

I have no doubt that my recent surge in watercolor activity is due to the fact that I have three days remaining before school begins.  I know that my best intentions are not to allow school to cut into my production, but frankly it happened this summer (though I’m pleased to find out that I did actually complete 21 paintings this summer) and it will probably happen again once the school year moves into full swing.

I am fascinated with the complexity of the facade of this Trinidad, Colorado building.  Today I began working on the tree foliage and the upper story windows and brick textures.  The ghost signage is still getting plenty of my attention as well, as I try to darken the shadows and make the bricks more distinct.

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Studio Watercolors on a Quiet Saturday

August 11, 2012

Savoy Hotel and Coffee Shop

It’s a hot Texas Saturday, so I’ve chosen to stay in and enjoy the air conditioning and work at my leisure on my latest large watercolor.  This is part of an historic downtown scene I photographed and have always wanted to paint.  The building is covered in ghost signs and still features a viable cafe.

I blogged earlier this morning that the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins put me in a reflective state of mind, and in the mood to pursue watercolor.  This afternoon I have been listening to Andy Warhol documentary DVDs.  I’m always inspired by his genius, his business sense, and his amazing sense of color.  Recently I traveled to North Park mall and photographed a set of ten of his silkscreen prints on display there.  I’m saddened that he died prematurely, before he had the chance to pursue graphic arts on the home computer.  I’m thinking of re-opening a couple of books I read over this past year: Pop: The Genius of Andy Warhol and Popism: The Warhol Sixties.  Several years back, I read and thoroughly enjoyed Factory Made, but darn it, someone stole that book, and I regret having to buy another just to mark it all up again and retrieve the information I found so valuable.  I hate book thieves.  I guess that’s what I get for moving half of my private library into my public school classroom for easy pickins.

I don’t have too many hours of quality daylight left to pursue this one, and I hate painting after dark, under artificial light.  I think it’s dried enough now that I can go ahead and give it another push.

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