The Adelmann Building


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.

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.

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


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.

Christmas commission one

Pencil up


Happy New Year to all!!  After the set of five commissions was completed, I started on the first of the Christmas orders.  In the middle of working on the larger set, I started to get inquiries on what I might be able to get done by Christmas.

This was a little 7×5 that didn’t take very long.  The biggest problem was that the major photo I had to work from had the garage and the inner corner at the left totally blocked.  After a little back and forth, I managed to work out all of the eave placements and heights.  I also trimmed back the greenery and added some flowers.  In the end, the client was so pleased about her gift that she said she was going to have me draw her own house as a gift for her husband’s birthday.  A project to look forward to later this winter.

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