Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Long Beach Landmark-Breakers

watercolor on paper, 2012
8" x 6" (20.32cm x 15.24cm)
For Sale at Daily Paintworks, CLICK HERE

Here's a simple watercolor of a notable building in nearby Long Beach California that has had a roller coaster history. It's 14 stories, was built as a luxury oceanfront hotel in 1926 and designated as a Historic Landmark in 1989. Its seen more than its share of ups and downs over the years and never quite maintained its luxury hotel status for very long. It now operates as a retirement home.

This time of day the sun reflects from nearby glass buildings creating interesting patterns across the side and illuminating the bottom half while leaving the top in shadow.

It is these kinds of atmospheric effects I look for, and quite often add to a painting myself, for turning what would otherwise be an ordinary image of a city building, into one with some life and vigor.207


  1. Life and Vigor!
    Love this one David!
    Also enjoy reading your wonderful text about the work!
    We were in Long Beach not too long ago while attending the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena and I may have sketched that building from my hotel room! We were smack in the downtown area. A short walk to the beach! I remember that it seemed very different from other buildings in the area!
    Hope you get some warmer weather soon! Nineties?
    East Coast Michael Who Would Love Temps in the Fifties!

    1. Thanks Michael,
      Hope you enjoyed the Rose Parade. I went to art school in Pasadena, right above the rose Bowl, it is beautiful there.
      Long Beach is one place I spend time looking for subject matter for my art, mostly the cityscapes. If you click LONG BEACH label you will see some others I've done.
      Looks like you guys are getting a third snow storm out there, hope you have plenty of firewood!
      It's warm here (sorry).
      Keep painting...
      West Coast Warm(er) Painter,