The first of many interesting home portraits …
I ventured into San Antonio for the first time last year while touring Texas and was pleasantly surprised at the sheer diversity and impressive array of house portrait styles. I guess I was expecting to see many more Spanish style homes but I found that the Greater San Antonio area has it all!
In studying up more, I learned that architecture in San Antonio comes from a wide variety of sources. While it is true that many of the city’s homes reflect Texas’ Spanish and Mexican roots; with some influence from French builders, rapid growth in the city since the mid twentieth century has led to a fairly wide variety of interesting contemporary architectural buildings as well. San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the U.S. and the 2nd largest in Texas and still it continues to grow. The city also has some really cool historic neighborhoods where I spent a lot of my time. Not to mention hip coffee houses and yummy food.
While there I took LOTS of photos and did some quick sketches as well. . .
Here are my first completed paintings with more to come. . .
One of the first areas I spent time in was the King William Historic District and I found a street there that had the most charming subjects ever! I ended up selecting three Victorian cottages on this one street and discovered that two of them (below) — they are side by side — are owned by the same person! The owner is an artist and uses one of the homes as her studio. It was the aesthetic and artistic touches that were added to these beautifully restored homes that drew me to them. The owner also shared with me what the homes looked like BEFORE she brought them back to life. Good material for my book!
This is another elegant Queen Ann – Victorian from around the same era in this district.
And then there is Alamo Heights which has a charm all of it own. This is my first portrait in this area. It’s a unique Tudor what is quite a contrast to these other homes. The cool Hobbit door and inviting patio attracted me to this subject.
I moved onto other districts. Another favorite proved to be Terrell Hills which has historic homes as well as a broad mix of interesting ranch and mid-century modern styles. Like this one below.
Thanks to the owners of these homes that made them art inspiring and for their support of original art by a living artist!
That’s it for now. Stay tuned!