Saturday, May 3, 2014

Catalina Pacific Concrete - Ruins Study 15

"Catalina Pacific Concrete - Ruins Study 15"
watercolor on paper, 2014
5¾"  x 7¾" (14.605cm x 19.685cm)
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Studying more of the shapes within the overall mass as I have done in study 13, study 12, study 11 and study 2. Of course I could say that is true on all of them since you really can't ignore shape but these four I was focusing more intently on the debris atop the main structure.

This one, 13 and 2  I was also really looking into the shadows. There are so many great jagged puzzle pieces within the shadows that even with a predominantly horizontal composition and rectangular form, and I am referring to the upright structural nature of the architecture in its blocky squareness, it is secondary to the dynamic and lively action of its torn and shattered appearance.

There is some anguish in the shredded metal of the tank as it reaches up and back upon itself. Sort of like a fist cursing its demise.

The more I do of these, the more I see.284


  1. Hello My Avid Artist Art Buddy!
    Of course I love this latest work!
    I love to examine and enjoy your awesome work first and then read your text! I love it when I see the things you later write about! Jagged edges are so very beautiful! Dramatic and exciting! Love you mentioning the more you paint these objects the more things you see in them! I also notice the same when ever I paint any subject over and over again! I find that so interesting and exciting! I always wonder why I hadn't noticed so much I missed the first time around!
    Anyway David I am always so very happy to visit your blog and see your wonderful work! I am so happy that you find beauty in subjects that many people wouldn't even dream was there! Bravo buddy!
    Hope all is well with you and your beautiful southwest coast!
    Michael Making Effort To Catch Up On Blogging Buddy!

    1. Hi Michael!
      I always love your enthusiasm!
      Yes I do see more the more I do these studies, love the shapes, fascinating to me.
      I am doing some others including the equipment that was tearing it down so stay tuned.
      I'm sure your studies at the museum are going good I'll be anxious to see more of the results.
      Your last couple posts showed your excitement .
      It is brutally hot here right now and here come the wildfires!
      Keep painting...

  2. You captured that feeling of anguish over it's demise perfectly. I see similar moods in the old buildings that I like to draw too. Like they are trying to express their outrage or their sorrow at being neglected and destroyed. Very beautiful painting, David.

  3. It's true Katherine the kinds of things are everywhere as you can see them too. Anthropomorphic shapes and characteristics are often present if we just stop, look, and pay attention.
    Edward Hopper often recognized them and focused in on it in his work.
    But can we get others to see it too? I sometimes wonder since most comments or recognition, here on the blog and elsewhere, usually comes only from other artists and not from the general population.
    It's there. I try.

    Thanks for your comment and keep painting (drawing)...