This is going to be one of my submissions for the annual Tustin Art League's "Scenes of Tustin" juried show. If it gets juried into the show it will hang in Chemers Gallery in Tustin for a couple of weeks.
This is a quaint building that I've always loved in Old Town Tustin. Unfortunately, it was damaged by a fire last December. From the outside it looks like it might be able to be saved but I don't know if it is structurally sound. Anyway, I had taken pictures of this building a few years ago intending to paint it and never got around to it. I thought this year would be a good time to immortalize the image since it is no longer the Vintage Lady. I hope someone is able to save this building and bring it back to its original charm. I'll be very sad if it has to be torn down.
I had a lot of fun creating this silk painting. I used techniques that I've never used before. I wanted the foliage to have a softer look so I painted the lightest green color then after it dried I covered some of it with wax to save the light green. Then I painted progressively darker greens and saved them with the wax. By doing it this way, I was able to not have the foliage surrounded by the white resist lines. I like the look of the resist lines but by having some areas without them I think the painting has a more complex look.
I also used a product called "No Flow" which keeps the dyes from spreading. This made it possible to paint the sign and filigree at the top of the facade. This painting took a long time to finish but I'm very happy with the result.
The Vintage Lady
Image Size 22" x 20.5"
Silk Dyes on Silk
I work in just about every art medium I can get my hands on with my favorites being watercolor and silk painting. I love to experiment with different mediums and styles of painting. I try to paint every day and will post my paintings here as I finish them. I really appreciate any comments you may have on the paintings. You can sign up below to receive the postings automatically by e-mail. If you would like to see my artwork divided by medium, visit my website. If you would like information on purchasing one of my paintings, please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org