How architecture and photography capture a painter’s heart

“New Morning Town,” beginning painting, oil on linen, KG Taylor, 2012

I began a new painting and love the rough texture of the linen surface. I need to keep this very loose, not worry about edges defining shapes too much. Sometimes it’s harder for an artist to let things alone, let them be rough and looking spontaneous, rather than finished and refined. Another note to self…

Photo by John Frumm, A Year in Architecture, by Stauble and Fox, a remarkable book

I am in love with this photo and the way it captures the building in a beautiful abstract image. The colors are wonderful, the shapes and patterns hit all the right notes.

Berthoud, Colorado, grain building with mural, artist unknown

Near the art museum, Denver. Shapes, light, pattern and forms inspire me. Photography is one of my best loved tools.

My favorite building in downtown Denver, the public library. I used to go here in high school to research reports and then skip out for the rest of the day to have some fun.

Police station building, Berthoud, Colorado.

Somehow this little building is as inspiring to me as any other. The beauty of architecture as an art form is that it is based on the same design principles any artist uses. It’s up to us to study and learn how to use these simple shapes and patterns to make something unique for ourselves and our work.

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4 Responses to “How architecture and photography capture a painter’s heart”

  1. Barbara Says:

    Karen – Your painting is wonderful! And it’s not finished? I love it at this stage. And the photo by John Frumm is incredible too. Will you be painting something like it?

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    • karen Says:

      It’s very close, thanks, Barbara. I’ll look at it again in a week or so in different lighting to see if it needs those lightest highlights and some other tweaks.
      I like the unusual angles in the Frumm photo of this building, and the color palette is also intriguing. Did you notice how the blue sky seems to “invade” the building edges with narrow streaks? Lots to think about for twists on the next cityscape.

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      • Barbara Says:

        Karen – I did not notice those blue streaks at first look, but of course now they stand out. Even if the photo is upside down or sideways, the design is wonderful. Love it.

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  2. Leslie Ann Clark Says:

    well now! that was a delightful journey through all the buildings you love. How fun! Love your new painting too. it looks DONE!

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