Unique House Portrait Subjects – Historic Victorian to Classic Modern.
It was another fun week with an interesting array of homes, this time in seven different cities and eight distinctly different architectural styles.
One of my favorites was this Victorian Row House tucked away on Willard St NW in the heart of Washington DC. The architecture in this area of DC is quite outstanding and applaud the homeowners and the city for the care that is taken to keep the historic beauty of these home in tact. Built in the late 19th century, note the wonderful detail of this home. I love the color choice too, especially against the warm colors of Fall.
Here is the portrait along with the homeowner and her extremely cute baby!
The next two are in Bethesda Maryland. This is a thriving urban district in the Washington, DC metro area that is well known for outstanding restaurants, excellent shopping, exciting nightlife and great art galleries. It also has a broad array of historic homes and buildings and I discovered it is easy to explore on foot or bike.
This home has made a great addition to my Chevy Chase House Portrait Series. I particularly love the red door, which is a perfect contrast to the grey color of the house, the black shutters and white trim. I felt this was the right time to do the portrait as well with the trees starting to turn golden.
Heading back over to the west side to the sunny state of California, here are a few interesting subjects. Let’s start with Burbank, CA.
Burbank is an very interesting city and is referred to as the “Media Capital of the World”. It is home to Warner Bros. and Disney as well as hundreds of media and related support companies such as ABC, Cartoon-Network Studios, Nickelodeon Animation, Yahoo!, Clear Channel, and other post production, film processing, special effects, equipment rental and related businesses. In 2011 the city celebrated it Centennial year where the city honored its important birthday with “100 & More Ways to Celebrate Burbank,” which included 100 community events for residents and visitors alike.
Not surprisingly, Burbank has a huge collection of interesting architectural styles, old and new, large and small. Check out this beauty on Country Club Drive in Burbank. This building was brought to life by a local company, MCR Construction, that specializes in custom design and construction. Note the cool waterfall and stone work. This portrait is followed by a Tudor cottage in Burbank. Both were very fun projects!
South of Burbank, nestled in suburban Glendale, I discovered this elegant Spanish home which is now part of my Glendale series with the original painting on display inside the home.
Lastly here is a lovely home in the south west region of Los Angeles, followed by a more modern creation in Santa Monica. I specifically chose to add it to my Santa Monica series because it reminded me of my stay in southern Italy and the Mediterranean villas there.
That’s my update for this week. I have a full line up in ahead of me for this week. Many are commissions for Christmas gifts so I will be racing to complete them. This tends to be the busiest time of the year for me. But I am certainly not complaining! I am so lucky to be able to create original unique art for a living and get to paint so many interesting art inspiring subjects!
Ciao for now and I hope you enjoyed the architecture!