A while back I took some photos of an old fire escape in Sandersville, Georgia. It’s pretty well known in the area because of its proximity and obviously intricate ironwork.
It then occurred to me that I could paint different angles of the iron staircase, thereby increasing the chances of selling more than one, if not all three of the prints.
I must say, though, that this was the first time I had ever attempted something so complicated and intricate. Not only was it difficult to replicate the spiral in the spiral staircase, not to mention the actual intricate ironwork, but painting the color “black” is not as simple as one might think!
Yes, I understood how that trying to paint snow and clouds is always going to be hard, partly because there is no such thing as “white” snow or “white” clouds; there are ALWAYS more colors at play. But I never really thought of “black” being as complicated as it was.
Finally, since I recently resigned from the church I pastored in Warthen, it seems like these paintings will be the last done of scenes from the area. That does make me sad, but for me to paint something, there needs to be some motivation. Now that we are most likely moving away from the area, it stings too much right now to invest my emotions into any more reminders.
But if you are a fan, don’t worry. I don’t plan on quitting art; I’m just changing scenery.
3 thoughts on “An Iron Staircase Trifecta”
Wow Anthony, you are getting quite good, especially the really hard detail. I remember some of your first paintings. My brush has never been able to resemble what my eyes see and even less than my brain imagines.
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I get frustrated until it looks real. But finishing leaves me with a feeling of accomplishment. I guess the only dirty little secret is that I always stop at the point where I can’t do any more. That makes me want to keep getting better.
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The hard part is getting the look “real” but leaving something for the imagination to fill in. Otherwise cameras are stuck with the real. The ironic part is that my best photos look painted, especially when put on a canvas print. As a pastor you work with people (who will never be finished and often don’t allow any more perfection). I needed to build things after bein a youth worker for 10 years. I needed an outlet for accomplishment.
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