This is my newest painting, 11x14 watercolor. I came across this old barn a couple of years ago, on a county road south of Hillsboro, Texas. I was on my way to a friend's house, rounded a curve & driving into the sun, I saw it in my rearview mirror after I was already past. One good thing about gravel county roads is the absense of traffic....and there's no danger of causing a wreck if you slam on the brakes & back up a couple hundred feet to take a photo! The huge bird landed & perched on top just as I snapped the shot. I couldn't have planned it any better! Anyway, I uploaded the photo then forgot about it until this week when I found it while looking through my reference photos. It's a great old barn that has stood for decades.....lots of character; with or without the bird.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
My work in the studio this week was a "labor of love"....a home "portrait". This painting is of a 1920's bungalow on a quiet street in one of Waxahachie's historic districts. My clients purchased the home as newly-weds and as the family grew in numbers, it became necessary to find a larger home.
Two weeks ago, on the day they sold the house, they contacted me and comissioned a painting.
Intimate conversations with clients are as important as sketches and photographs. As I snapped photographs and made quick sketches from several angles, I listened carefully as they talked about the house - and after a short while, I began to see the home through their eyes. It was evident they are excited about the move to their new home, but at the same time, there's the sadness of leaving their first home; one filled with love and laughter and children. A photograph gives me technical information, but there's no emotional connection....it doesn't share memories. It doesn't tell "the story".
Elements in the painting - the big tree and dappled light; the flower gardens; the red door; faces in the picture window - are all connected to a family memory. Everyone - except the family - will see a painting of a house...but the family will see and remember "the story".
Commissions like this one give me great pleasure. I'll deliver "105 E. University" tomorrow to it's new home with the knowledge that it will continue to tell "the story" in the Traugott family for generations to come.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
I just downloaded a new app for my phone that allows me to blog on the go! Now I can post new paintings while still on location....as long as I have a good "signal".
To start (and test) my first post from my phone, this is a painting recently completed in the studio..."High Plains Windbreak" -watercolor 11x14.