These are from the new series I am currently working on: abandoned – neglected – forgotten, yet beautiful! America has a lot of them. Old School houses, depots, Victorians beyond repair, and so on. For a European like me, it is quite fascinating and also a bit alarming to see these! When I grew up I learned about the gold rush in the American west with ‘boom towns’ and ‘ghost towns’. I think ghost towns are interesting places, especially from an artist’s perspective. You can’t help but wonder what happened to the people that once lived there. Why did they leave? What were their hopes, their dreams?
It may be a bit of a sad subject, but of late, I find myself looking for more than just a beautiful setting to paint. I’d like to dig a bit deeper. Maybe move my art forward, I don’t know…we’ll see where it will take me.
I am out searching for beauty in California and I have to say, I am finding plenty of it. I took the drive around the Palos Verdes Peninsula and came across this row of houses, situated right across the rocky coastline. What a perfect subject for a painting! The Victorians, the palm trees, and the amazing late afternoon glow! As luck would have it, the coastal fog stopped just right behind this scene and didn’t move in while I was there.
I like how it came out. I was able to capture the far house with the truck and the suggestion of figures all in one wash. I didn’t really paint the truck but it is there. This is exactly what I am trying to achieve in all my work. To quote my favorite painter and teacher Joseph Zbukvic, “Indicate, don’t state!” Ultimately, I’d like for the viewer to fill in whatever detail they want to see.
I am going to do a series on downtown Los Angeles next. The subject matter there is endless! I have to plan my attack, find out where to park and the best time to go etc.