Saturday, June 22, 2013

Gutted Like a Fish

"Press Telegram #1"
watercolor on paper, 2012
9" x 12" (22.86cm x 30.48cm)
For Sale at Daily Paintworks, CLICK HERE

This is the first in an intended series although I sometimes get so busy that some series don't go past 2 or 3, we'll see.

The old Long Beach (California) Press Telegram building as seen from the backside.

The end of an era and a local newspaper, at least as newspapers once were. At one time the four story building housed the entire news operation, including the presses which could be seen at street level.

This building is being refurbished, opened up and gutted like a fish. It is urban renewal. It is not getting knocked down but certainly has been, the last few years, and currently is a shell of its former self.

On the left is the former, being removed, deleted and swallowed by the dumpster. On the right is the revamping as shown by the machinery at the ready and the slung ropes. Right in the middle, the transition, the pile I intentionally shaped like a dead fish. The holes punched in the side of the building painted nearly black like hollow lifeless eye sockets.229

Other similar themes of Long Beach California urban renewal herehere and here.
One from San Pedro California here.
Two from Oceanside California here and here.


  1. Hi David!
    I am so glad your work honors noble buildings!
    Love it for so many reasons! Gritty comes to mind!
    Love the dumpster. Love the fact that you brilliantly thought of painting the back of the building. Thank you for pointing out the fish shape. I enlarged the photo and got a much better view! Another gem buddy!
    I am so glad you post your great art for so many to enjoy! Especially me!
    Take care buddy!

  2. Hi Michael,
    Thank you. It is that sort of melancholy subject we all see, the disappearance of things that have been around forever. We artists like to record it in some way.

    Keep painting...