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Watercolor Paintings in San Antonio

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. . .

Rough preliminary sketch of home on Wildrose Ave, San Antonio by Leisa Collins
Rough preliminary sketch of home on Wildrose Ave, San Antonio
Sketch of Spanish style home in San Antonio by Leisa Collins
Sketch of Spanish style home in San Antonio
Leisa Collins stopped for a coffee, but sketched it first! Nice historic rehab'ed San Antonio building
Stopped for a coffee, but sketched it first! Nice historic rehab’ed San Antonio building

Homes in King William Historic District – Before and After

One of the first areas I spent time in was the King William Historic District and I found a street there that had some really charming subjects!  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 coffee table book!

BEFORE PHOTO OF ABANDONED VICTORIAN HOME
BEFORE PHOTO OF ABANDONED VICTORIAN HOME
MY AFTER HOUSE PORTRAIT OF THIS FORMALLY ABANDONED VICTORIAN COTTAGE
MY HOUSE PORTRAIT OF THIS FORMALLY ABANDONED VICTORIAN COTTAGE

 

BEFORE PHOTO OF OLD HOME BEFORE RENOVATION
BEFORE PHOTO OF OLD HOME BEFORE RENOVATION
AFTER HOME PAINTING OF THIS HOME NOW TRANSFORMED INTO A STUNNING ART STUDIO!
MY HOME PAINTING OF THIS HOME. NOW TRANSFORMED INTO A STUNNING ART STUDIO!

This is another elegant Queen Ann – Victorian from around the same era in this district.

ELEGANT QUEEN ANN IN THE KING WILLIAM HISTORIC DISTRICT

 

According to an article in My San Antonio , it claims that the King William Historic District is one of the coolest place in San Antonio due to its “majestic homes, romantic restaurants and friendly watering holes.  That did not surprise me.

And per a ranking by Thrillist, an on-line site devoted to good food and entertainment, it describes King Williams as the “most beautiful historic neighborhood” in Texas.  Citing its Greek revival, Victorian and Italianate architecture, the website ranks the district, just south of downtown, as the 11th-prettiest neighborhood in the country,

And then there is the city of Alamo Heights which has a charm all of it own. This was 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.

PORTRAIT OF A UNIQUE TUDOR IN ALAMO HEIGHTS, GREATER SAN ANTONIO 
PORTRAIT OF A UNIQUE TUDOR IN ALAMO HEIGHTS, GREATER SAN ANTONIO

I discovered that there is no such thing as tract builders in this Alamo Heights area of quiet tree-lined streets.  Many of the homes were built in the early 20th century, meaning that they differ significantly from home to home. They range from small, charming cottages, to large Mediterranean manors> Many of the homes have been either newly constructed or lovingly restored.  I went on to create more Alamo Heights paintings, as you can see further down.

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 style in more of a wooded environment. Like this one below.

RANCH STYLE HOME WITH MID-CENTURY ELEMENTS IN TERRELL HILLS

 

Here are most of the remaining home in my greater San Antonio house portrait series, broken down in architectural styles to show the diversity and breath of the stunning homes in this city:

San Antonio Spanish Style Home Portraits

If you love Spanish homes, here is my Spanish Homes Gallery on my website to browse through.

San Antonio Craftsman Style Home Portraits

CRAFTSMAN HOME BEFORE RENOVATION
CRAFTSMAN HOME BEFORE RENOVATION
CRAFTSMAN HOME AFTER RENOVATION
CRAFTSMAN HOME AFTER RENOVATION

If you are a fan of Craftsman homes, here is my Craftsman Homes Gallery on my website to browse through.

Tudor Style Home Portraits

Here is the Tudor Homes Gallery on my website to enjoy.

Tasteful Mid-Century and more recently built Home Portraits

More Historic Home Portraits in different architectural styles:

Beautiful Italianate historic home in San Antonio
Beautiful Italianate historic home – a favorite!
Historic Colonial Home Portrait in San Antonio
Historic Colonial home
Delightful historic cottage in San Antonio
Delightful historic cottage
Italianate historic home in San Antonio
Interesting Italianate home
Cape Cod style cottage in San Antonio
Cape Cod style cottage

Thanks to the owners of these homes for making them art inspiring and I hope you are enjoying my art on your walls.

Here is some more about the history of San Antonio, thanks to the Texas State Historical Society website.    I find that knowing the history gives one a much broader understanding of the architecture and of course the people of that city and its origins.

If you live in San Antonio and would like to commission me to create a portrait of your home, I am always honored to do so. Just get in touch with me and to discuss the project.

Cheers, Leisa