Sunday, February 19, 2006

Archway Usher


This is a scene that I sketch or paint every once in a while. Often it finds its way into the background of other pieces i've done as a framed painting on the wall. (including a development painting for the Incredibles I did with Lou Romano - which i'll post when i get to a scanner, but it's in the "art of" book if you have it.)
This composition has some meaning for me as it is based on two separate paintings that my grandmother did when i was child. After many years I had merged both paintings in my mind and thought that there was this one painting. Later, after she past away I discovered that the painting in my mind did not exist but rather it was fragmented into two.
Ever since I've sketched and painted the version I've seen in my mind.

11 comments:

pile of poo said...

Holy Cow! that is so old school looking. Very pretty. Well done...Don. Bravo

Clarke (Csnyde) said...

Great gadzooks thats a beauty.

Lovely compositon, color and lighting.

God bless that grandma of yours for inspiring such an amazing piece.

Rebekit said...

awesome work!

miles said...

nice scribbling style man - reminds me of eastern brush and ink technique!

beautiful color!

RoboTaeKwon-Z said...

Wow! Beautiful stuff! I enjoyed the story behind the painting, too. It's funny how our memories interpret things over time.

Clio said...

Beautiful! Very nostalgic.

Goobeetsablog said...

very nice.

I really like the touches of red in the city. The mind plays great tricks
-in this case:)

Shellie K said...

I love this painting don...
remember the one you gave me after i put quarters in the machine so your car wouldnt get towed. i still have it. HA..you probably dont remember

Don Shank said...

of course i remember it shellie, it was a tree with two birds and a pink sky!
maybe I'll put it up on my blog.
wow, i did that one so long ago.
i'm feeling old. hahaha.

Cenzi Stiles said...

hello I just bumped into your website by freak accident... google... and wow! what a GREAET pic!!!

Peter said...

I have been immensly inspired by this painting,A print was given to me by my ex,when I was going through a tough time.

Thank you, it is beautifull!