One thing I have discovered in observing the back alleys of Guthrie is that this town is full of arches. Not only on the fronts of the buildings, but in the back, as well. And most of them have a double layer of bricks on top emphasizing the beautiful arched doors and windows.
I named this next painting “Back Alley Arches”, because that is what first attracted me to this back alley location.
For those who appreciate a little background, my daughter Sage and I went on a back alley discovery adventure last fall. I took photos of sites that intrigued me.
A couple of months ago, I went back to take a look and there was a woman outside working on her potted plants. The place looked adorable…
Massive vines cover a lot of the back alley buildings in the summer, in the winter all the leaves are gone and it looks pretty bare and scrubby.
And here is my preliminary sketch…
Now the painting has to dry for some months and then the linen will be glued to a masonite board and have a coat or two of varnish, before it is framed.
Hope you enjoyed seeing a little view of the progression of this oil painting.