Another Boise landmark

Adelmann Building Pencil

I am staying with downtown Boise for my next drawing. There are several really lovely historic buildings there and I am having fun drawing them.

This is the Adelmann building.  It combines Romanesque, German and Chinese styles, reflecting the many city cultural influences.  It was originally built as a one story in 1902 by the German Richard Adelmann and then, I am guessing because of the nameplate on top, a second story was built on and finished in 1906. The corner pagoda was added in 1937.

The colors are a wonderful mixture of reds, yellows, greens and browns.  Gray stone accents the arched windows.  Just wait until you see.

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Egyptian theatre finished

Downtown Boise

The final watercolor for the Egyptian Theatre is finished. After almost a week’s worth of work, the coloring is done and I have listed this in my etsy store. It took almost 3 weeks to complete this from beginning to end, which is a long time for me on one piece.  There was a lot of detail here and the layout took extra time as did the inking. The watercoloring was a breeze in comparison, although even it took extra days.

Don’t you love the vibrant colors and bird motifs?  There were many buildings inspired by the discovery of King Tut’s tomb at the time this was built.  This is one of the few survivors of the era.  I am so glad that it did, aren’t you?

The Egyptian Theatre

Penciled up

Inked

I’ve stayed in Idaho for the next painting, too, but switched over to the pen and inks.  The Egyptian Theatre in Boise is an historic landmark opened in 1927.  Its Egyptian revival style was quite popular at the time as King Tut mania was sweeping the world.

It took almost two weeks to get it to the inked up stage. Drawing and inking turned out to be quite an intricate affair and very time consuming.  Still, I’m happy with the result.  I haven’t quite made a decision on what will be on the marquee, but it will probably be something about silent movies.

Final of three

Finished two story

This one made it by Christmas, too.  It was for the client’s grandmother and she was thrilled.  So many memories were held by that simple front porch, it seems.

In a funny mix-up, I got paid twice for the painting.  I shipped it to my client’s father for wrapping, but he thought the packing list was a bill and sent me a check for it!!  We all had a good laugh –  and then I shredded it.

Final of 2

All done

The watercolor of number two was sky blue and white.  I ended up adding some flowers in the front for a little pop of color.  This was a well timed gift.  The parents closed on selling their longtime home on December 23 and their adult children were able to give this to them on Christmas day.  I am so glad it worked out that way.  USPS really came through for me this holiday season.

Christmas commission 2

Pencil drawing

Pen before the watercolor

December commission two was medium sized at 10×8, but it too needed to have the landscaping cut back some.  The two trees in front covered most of the upper story so I moved the right one over a bit and lessened the spread of the left one.  Also, that let me show the bench and woodpile on the left part of the porch.

Lots of grass blades here so while I waited on some questions being answered, I went ahead and started those little strokes that seem to take longer than the rest of the landscaping put together.  I don’t mind it though.  I find it’s kind of relaxing creating all that randomness.

final of one

Number one all done

This two story commission was more difficult than an 8×6 should be, but it turned out well.  After a few more (of not exactly what I needed) pictures and consulting with my builder husband, I managed to figure out that inner corner between the house and garage.  I never had a clear picture of it, but we deduced that the eaves turned the corner and indeed met up with the main house wall.  I’m glad we spent the time figuring it out.  At first blush, it didn’t seem that way and I would have had the eaves stop beforehand.  A telltale downspout cleared it up.

I wasn’t sure it would make it by Christmas when she ordered, but USPS came through on time and delivered it with a week to spare.

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