In revisiting the town of my alma mater I found a number of places for inspiration. One was the old movie theater which was still in use. It was somewhat dilapidated, and I found the lights an interesting focal point.
This painting has been shown as a vertical piece, and could really go either way, but the more I see it horizontally, the more I feel that the depth is working better. I wanted to sort of emulate the depth of field of a camera and feature the bokeh lights effect further back. I used a new tool to get those round shapes protected with masking fluid—I discovered round foam brushes for crafting for quick, perfect circles.
The topic of this work is one of those that watercolor painters delight in—glass refractions and distortions. But, many artists try to have Everything in focus, so I made my background more abstract to keep the focus where I wanted it.
Transparent watercolor on Arches 300 lb cold press watercolor paper.
Exhibition History: Signs of a Recent Past Solo Exhibition, Cultural Activities Center, Temple, TX, 2020. Signs of a Recent Past Solo Exhibition, Vivé Les Arts Theatre, Killeen, TX, 2020.