An Online Artist's Coop for Artists who Paint on Location
After completing much of this going out for just the right sun's angle 7 to 10 am each day for three weeks June of 2011, at this local former college campus of the Ursuline Sisters in Ironton, Mo, I couldn't look at the painting any longer until a year later June, 2012, when I finished the academic building at left, approximating how student and nun may have looked forty years ago in between classes and, finally, scratched out with a No. 11 X-acto knife the rock doves above. The whole theme with the pigeons cooing reminded me of the song, "Feed the Birds", in Walt Disney's Mary Poppins. The pigeons seem to suddenly disappear about 8 A.M., but are cooing into late morning, so they're still up there somewhere. On these rural town streets big-city pidgeons are rare, so it's very strange to walk on campus here and suddenly feel not only a very urban, sophisticated and maybe even European seriousness but, also, an instant connection to the ancient history this structure represents -- like only yards away you are in a very different world. Except for signing, and a deeper blue wash of ultramarine blue to the sky I added back at the studio on a spontaneous, but dangerous, whim, all of the painting was done right there. The sanctuary is still used for weddings, but the windows at left are open, the classrooms now bare to the elements, the roof weathering untended. 21" x 29", on stretched 300 lb. Arches cold-press watercolor paper.