Boise’s Central Fire Station

Pencil up

Completed inking

The Boise Central Fire Station was finished and occupied in 1903.  It was the first fire station in Boise to house full time paid fireman in the city.

This brick structure has been described as Romanesque due to the tower, the semi-circular windows, and the symetrical patterning.  The corbelling on the tower and above the second floor add a lot of visual interest.  I don’t normally like awnings, but they do dress up the windows here.  Watercolors will be a lovely orange/red color for the brick and the awnings a darker accent.

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Plant acrylic

Underlayment and pencil-up

Mostly painted

Since I couldn’t get to the watercolor board for my next piece (it was in my flat file cabinet and blocked by the panels of a dry sauna my husband bought but not yet assembled), I had to use what I already had out and available in the studio.  Between the cold weather and unseasonable snows, I am tired of waiting for spring.  I decided to make some of my own green with the acrylics.  It’s only a little painting at 10×8, so it didn’t take long and I’m pretty happy with it.

And an April Fool’s Day joke from Mother Nature  –  1-3 inches of snow predicted for this evening.  Fortunately it has been warm enough that it will mostly stick on the grass and melt off of the roads.  Next up on the table is a pen/watercolor of the Central Fire Station in Boise Idaho.  (I did finally get into the flat files for the board.  My husband will soon be in sauna heaven.)

Something different

Circles

My eyes and mind needed a break from the ink linework and here it is.  I decided to do something that required little conscious thought and was more free form.  I started with drawing the larger circles and went down from there until the page was filled.  (Do you know hard it is to draw and then paint little circles?  LOL)

Once I decided on the color scheme, I again started with the larger circles.  I tried to just go with the flow and not think about much of anything.  It turned out to be a kind of a positive/negative space exercise only with colors and circles.  I am actually rather pleased with the result and have listed it in my etsy store.

Second of the set

Initial sitting

Almost done

Here is the second painting with the same theme and coloring.  The color palette for the last two is much cooler than the first two.  Maybe because I made the sky a deeper blue in these.

They have set for a couple of weeks due to our family vacation back in Boise, so I will be looking at both with fresh eyes before I varnish them.

Change of pace painting

Idaho foothills

Mostly done

After the intricate detail of the last few pieces, I decided to go back and paint something with a looser style.  So it’s back to the Boise foothills for a bit.  I did a fairly dark underpainting before I started with this one. I was tired of fighting the lighter colors underneath and decided to try it this way.  All in all, not too bad, but the tree still needs work.  I am doing a companion piece to this, so we’ll see what happens.

The Adelmann Building

Watercolored

I’m almost finished with the Adelmann Building in Boise, Idaho.  I’m not happy with the shadows on the lower right and the folded umbrella quite yet.  I just have this little niggling feeling that it needs a little something more.  Maybe I’ll see what it is after a couple of days.

Overall, I enjoyed working with the colors and architectural shapes in this one.  That red turret set against the painted brick is delightful.  Old town areas have the best architecture, don’t you think?  These days no one can afford to do buildings like this. Not much whimsey left in architecture any more, it seems.

The Adelmann Building, Inked

Adelmann Building

If I thought the Adelmann Building would be a lot easier than the Egyptian Theatre, I was mistaken.  While not quite so intricately ornate, the Adelmann has its own quirks and embellishments.  The drawing and inking took far longer than I expected, although not quite as much as the Theatre.  I decided to remove the wooden picnic tables in front and replace them with an umbrella table that had been there in previous years.  I don’t have anything against the rustic tables currently there, but I think that this building is a bit more elegant than that.

The drawing is finally ready for watercoloring and I hope this phase goes a bit more according to schedule.  I think you’ll like the colors.

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