I decided to go with the look of an old photo with this pen and ink above. and gain I followed the same formula that has worked for me so well. First, I took my own photo.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Last year I noticed that it was being fixed up. I made a point of spending a day walking around and sketching bits and pieces. I made friends with the Chef of the Cafe inside and as a result I met the building owner. As a member of the Landmark Society I was pleased to see it featured as a model for remodeling and restoration. This year when asked to offer a piece of work for the annual Gala I decided to do a watercolor painting of this building. The Gala this year is called "The Art of Preservation" and will be held tomorrow at the Memorial Art Gallery. So - for the first time in my life I will have a piece of my work on display in an Art Museum(at least for one day - lol).
For most building portraits I start with a photo that I have taken to get the dramatic angle that I want. This gives me the basic layout for my painting or print. Then, as with all these buildings built so long ago I go online and do some research to find images taken of the same building when it was new(if they exist). This gives me the details that have changed or taken off.
In the photo that I took there are trees and as you can see from the older ones there were none. I did leave one in the painting to set an edge or frame the shot but the others I had to come up with something to block the view as it is in my photo. So I went back to the archive photos from Rochester and chose the delivery wagon you see in the painting. It was of a local store and as you can see in the older photo above they were using horse drawn wagons.
In the end I finished up with a dramatic Image of one of Rochester's unique gems as seen during the pinnacle of our city's history
Friday, November 21, 2014
I will be doing a review of a lot of the landmarks in Rochester, since I love the old buildings around here. I begin with this guy above. It was originally built to be a clothing store for the National Clothing Company whose manufacturing was done here too. I don't have the details as to when it was built but figure it was late 1800s' to early 1900s' just because of the detail included on it. I did my best to represent most of the small details and I know I have missed a lot since some is inside. Thank God they are preserving that too. It was for a while a bank then for years it sat vacant. This past year I have watched as they have been gutting it and remodeling it into the Hilton Garden Inn.
It has been attached to the Hilton Hotel ever since the hotel was built but they bought the property and are making some fancy suites out of it. Another example of the SLOWLY reviving downtown here in Rochester. I fretted for a little bit as I watched them demolish an adjacent building then the old smoke stack. But, they seem to be sticking close to the original, beautiful detail that give this site its character. I can't wait to see the inside once they finished.