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