Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Red Finial, Cambridge

Here's a study of some of the magnificent woodwork displayed on turn-of-the-last-century houses in Cambridge. I did most of the drawing on site and watercolored it in the studio. I'm especially fond of the stately pediment dormer at the top, not to mention the red conical finial which would look like wood turning ornament if it were not as big as a roof turret. As I remember from the time, this house was in poor repair so I hope that someone saved it for future generations. This drawing was given to a neighbor who did me a favor. In those days I traded art for services or just friendly actions. 

Ink and watercolor on Bristol board, late 1980.

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