Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Falls Church Wyeth



I've done a number of architectural studies of the older buildings of Falls Church. These are places that were built and used before Falls Church became "developed," when it was still a semi-rural outlying suburb of Washington DC. They are small industrial and commercial buildings which are still used, but not for what they were originally used for. For instance, this building used to belong to a lumberyard and construction supply company called "Dale Lumber." It is now owned by the City of Falls Church and houses administration and public works such as snow plowing and digging equipment. I did this study in the fall of 2006, and it is my homage to Andrew Wyeth. I tried to get the rustic textures of weathered wood and siding, the way the famous New Englander did, and I tried to get that poetic mood. The picture was in my "Buildings of Falls Church" show in June 2007. It is watercolor on paper, about 12" x 9". 

2 comments:

Mike said...

I love the colour and detail in this. At first glance, this looked like a photo, and I think it's the colour that does it. It's not overly saturated, it's "just right".

It's an interesting piece of taking the ordinary and making it something special... I get the impression as if the buildings could talk, they'd have stories for hours.

Tristan Alexander said...

I hate you! You can take something as mundane and uninteresting as this and make it art! At first I wasn't sure about the Wyeth connection but after looking at it a bit more, it does have a feel similar to his work.