The Daingerfield Morris

The Daingerfield Morris – 14×10 inches, watercolor and gouache on rag paper.

This is the start of a new series – old classic movie theaters. They are interesting to me for a number of reasons:

First, they are relics of a time when our community had more shared experiences than we do now; they are places where some of that sharing actually happened. The current show might have been an action film, and you might have preferred comedies, but you would go anyway because it was the entertainment being offered and everyone would be talking about it until the next show opened.

Second, I’m getting interested in signage and letterforms, and how little specific visual information is required to communicate because the shapes are so recognizable.

Third, the buildings are so highly stylized, and the ones that have not been restored have wonderful texture. When I shot the photo reference for this piece, I thought maybe the theater had been closed. However, the internet says no – they are still showing films here at the Morris.

The first theater I painted was in my sketchbook. This is actually the second one, but it is the first full size painting.

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