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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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.

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 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.

Number three in the commission set

Pencil sketch

Here is number three of the commission set.  Somehow I erased the inking for this one, so all you’ll see is the pencil sketch this time around.  It has a stucco facade, lots of bright flowers in the front and a metal roof.  I’ll tell you now though, those white railings were hard to keep clean with all of the action in front and on the porch.  I’ll be posting all of the finished photos at the end so patience is required for now.

Inked commission

Inked house

After 2+ days, I’ve finished the inking.  There is some nice landscaping to add color and a red door and shutters to pop the beige facade.  It will take a few extra days for the watercolors because of the size of the drawing, but it should go out this week in plenty of time for the celebration.

The wedding commissions are finished

Finally finished

The last of the wedding portraits is finished and all are in the mail.  After over a month of steady work, the entire commission is done.  With so many portraits scheduled in a row, I found that working about 2 hours a day kept the creative juices flowing but not staled, especially towards the end.  All four proved to have their own set of challenges,

For this one, because the house was so long and linear, I decided to curve the lawn in front to add some softness.  I rather like the effect now that it’s done.

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