Saturday, July 10, 2010
This is the side view of a house in Twentynine Palms, CA. Perhaps it is the heat, perhaps the lack of view that kept the builder from putting a window in this wall. It isn't the traffic, since the street deadends just beyond the house. But there is a satellite hookup, so perhaps looking out is not necessary.
The dog outside the fence was added, from a picture taken in Mascota, Mexico. He has an appropriately mean, defensive look to him. The dog inside the fence was actually there, barking ferociously as I took the photo.
TC One is joined by it's mirror-image twin, cleverly titled TC Two. A complement to the brown house retreating into shadow, this is a painfully white house in full sun. A lot of subtle manipulation was done on this one to alter the vanishing point to match that of TC One.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
One in a series of partial paintings of signs. This one is the Sincere Trading Company in Chinatown in Los Angeles. Cropping it, and changing the sign color from green to red, changes the meaning a bit. The dilapidated and peeling paint adds another moral comment. Not sure what the lightbulb symbolizes, maybe knowledge, in which case this become a take on the "original" sin.
A little painting on board from a photo of ripped and fading signs pasted on a utility pole in San Francisco (San Pancho), Mexico. Looks like a poster for some sort of musical event, overlaying another poster of which you can see just an eye. This borders on abstract, and is fairly loose. It was painted mostly during my stay in Puerto Vallarta. Not exactly on-site, but close.
Another house in the series. This one is in Traverse City, Michigan. It's one of a pair. My first attempt at doing a subject so much in shadow. Turned out to be fairly easy to execute. The shadowing gives the house a real depth.