"Oil Plant Backside (w/ Storage Tanks)" SOLD
oil on panel, 2010
5" x 7" (12.7cm x 17.78cm)
Featured in Crussell Fine Art 2011 International Survey Periodical
Here again the oil plant, (previous images under post headings 'Aging Relic' and 'Bleached White Sky' ).
A fabulous view from the back with it's white storage tanks being gradually overrun by rust, taking on a patina of colors ranging from burnt sienna to deep copper to a rich chocolate, the whitewashed wood cladding showing itself in grays, blues and greens. A palette I love.
Seen in the late afternoon, the sun reveals the ghostly structure, the top wisped in shadow. It's age apparent by the holes, missing and leaning sections, rust, stained wood and foreground growth. All contrasted against the newer power pole, it's wires, bypassing the older oil plant.
Painted with precision while allowing hints of a 'shaky hand' here and there to remind of it's delicate state. Presented from a distance but tightly cropped. A subject still robust but unsentimental. It's purpose having been served.63
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