For many years, finding inspiration for my artwork was as simple as taking daily walks through the streets of my hometown of Kingston, PA. I love to paint houses nestled in their suburban lots, and always felt lucky that our town featured homes built in a wide range of architectural styles. In Kingston, elegant Federal homes mix and mingle with Victorian gingerbread houses, Cape Cod saltboxes, mid-century modern ranches, and humble little 1930s cottages. This haphazard arrangement was like eye candy to me, and I usually ended up taking hundreds of reference photos on my walks each week. Only a few of the photos would end up being saved and put on my painting "to do" list.
The house in "Crystal Morning" was always one of my favorites in the neighborhood. With its smooth stucco exterior, interesting roof lines, and those two "porthole" windows near the front door, it satisfied and excited my interest in geometric shapes. The house sits snugly on a corner lot, surrounded by trees and one marvelously long sculpted hedge. I knew some day I'd paint it!
One day in February on a cold and crisp morning I spotted the house glowing in the early morning light. A dusting of snow covered the landscape, and the rays of the rising sun highlighted the house's rooftops and the sweep of trees behind it. No one was around. It was very, very quiet and deeply cold...I could practicly hear icicles forming and the crunch of snow under little birds' footsteps. I stopped and took some photos, thinking the composition and the color palette of this winter scene were pretty cool! Interestingly, the painting literally was done in a cool color palette, with lavenders and silvery baby-blues, complimented with a soft rosy-orange for a little warmth and contrast.
This is a painting that you can "take a walk in". As your eye travels along the horizontal line of the hedgerow, you come to a spot on the right where the sidewalk turns, extending into the background. As the viewer of this scene, you may decide to take a walk down that sidewalk, lined by a row of houses and trees fading into the sunlight.
I was very honored that "Crystal Morning" won an award at the Salmagundi Club in New York City at the 60th Annual exhibit of the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic. It now hangs in my living roomm where I enjoy its calming colors. The painting is awaiting a new home, and I know it will find one when the universe feels it's the right for it to be on its own.
"Crystal Morning" is also February's featured Giclée print in our online website shop, and comes available in two sizes, printed on archival fine art paper.
It's a Beautiful World
Do you have a favorite house in your neighborhood? I'd love to see it! Feel free to post a picture below. Perhaps it will go on my "paintings to do" list!
For a look at available original paintings, including "Crystal Morning", click here.
If you'd like information on commissioning a portrait of your house, simpy contact me and I'll be happy to tell you about my process and answer any of your questions.
Wishing you a wonderful day!