Sunday, May 12, 2013

Local Landmarks - White Point Battery Bunker

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

A battery here in San Pedro California built for WWII and part of Fort MacArthur Museum, but never used in defense.

Originally Battery 127, its name was officially changed to honor the memory of Colonel Paul Delmont Bunker, Battery Paul D Bunker, BCN-127, hence the Bunker in the name. It's not a military bunker, it's a gun battery.

The road leading into the picture from the bottom makes a nice S line passing up through the contrails, ghostly echoes of its guns which never fired in defense and are long gone.
Adding the contrails also gives the sky some dimension. I prefer to make my skies a participant in the painting as a whole with some kind of texture, instead of smoothly rendered with no thought.

This is part of a new series of local military landmarks, many of which are within a couple miles of home.
Another local San Pedro battery drawing here.222


  1. "Bam!"
    The contrails and the road immediately draw my eye to the powerful and a bit mysterious bunker! Then it is a joy for me to glance around the piece and enjoy all the wonderful darks, and lights, colors, textures, and so much more.
    Thank you David for posting your great art for all to enjoy!
    San Pedro rocks!

  2. Thank you Michael,
    I appreciate your comment especially since I added the contrails for that purpose, happy you caught it.
    It is odd to have so much from WWII here near the port seeing that is was never used. There are traces of it all over SO CAL.

    Keep painting...