Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Snowy Evening, Grand Blvd.
This painting is of our snow in Kansas City two years ago;just a mess. I walked on the link in Crown Center and was struck by how really hard it was to get around. Of course most of the traffic had left for the suburbs. Snowy evenings are always beautiful in the city, as the lighting turns the snow beautiful colors. I never finished it-kind of a mess and started to sand in down to paint over it-my husband stopped me
and encouraged me to finish it-I needed one more piece for my show in September and this is how it turned out. Sometimes it is more interesting to work on a piece unfinished then a white panel. I may paint this is a larger format in the future. I could make Christmas cards.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Westheight, Rainy Evening

In the spring, I was commissioned by a former native of Kanas City, Kansas to create a painting of Westheight, the Historic district developed in 1915. My students, at Sumner Academy created a book of architectural drawings of the city with Larry K. Hancks, writing the history of the architecture. The book is entitled A Gift To The Future. His description of the beautiful district is as follows:
The design that was developed had streets in gentle curves that followed the slopes of the terrain, large lots with generous setbacks, utilities underground or restricted to the rear property lines, and landscaped parklets at the principle street intersections. At the time, it was one of the most advanced subdivision plans to be prepared anywhere in the Kansas City area. And as the area developed in the 'teens'and early '20's, much of the architecture was equal in quality to the planning.
The paintings was displayed to the Westheight Association August 13th.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

A.M. Departure
I've been painting a series on trains this summer. I reworked this several times, as I wanted the focus to be on the city at the end of the bridge. I did like the door at the bottom as it reminded me of Edward Hopper's paintings. He also did many of railyards. I painted the door lemon yellow, but
that distracted from the city. My solution was-darken the yellow to orche. The train paintings are small, but who knows I might enlarge one. I haven't posted the other two, as I am still trying to make corrections.