The Central Fire Station in Boise

Central Fire Station

After several sessions, the final watercolor for the Central Fire Station in Boise, Idaho, has been finished and it has listed in my etsy store.  The distinctive corbelled brick makes quite the statement for this corner building, don’t you think?.  The tower is pretty spectacular, too.  I believe the original signal bell is still hanging up there, although I can’t say how and when it might still be used.

The facade of the building is mostly the same since when it was opened in 1902. All of the upper story windows (sans the awnings of course) were there and the main entrance was on the right side even then.   The three fire bays had arched openings across the lower left.  If you google the station you can see wonderful old photos which have the fire crews and horse drawn fire trucks out in front.  With the signal bell clanging away, it must have been quite the spectacle to see them all charge out of the doors to head off to put out a fire.

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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.

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.

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.

Christmas commission three

Pencil

Inked

Commission 3 was the largest at 14×11.  It also was an older family home with lots of memories.  The four chairs on the porch were for sitting in and having family time.  I changed the landscaping up a little for them, adding more shrubs and flowers, as well as a clematis vine up the left wall.  It’s funny sometimes, the things we remember and are important.

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.

Commission four

Pencil

Partial watercolor

For commissions four and five. I neglected to take the pen only photos.  Too busy to remember, I guess.  It was hard to keep it all straight sometimes as I just was trying to keep forging ahead.  Anyway, here is the pencil-up for four and its preliminary watercolor, too.  After they were all done, I think this one was my favorite.

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