Monday, March 12, 2012

New Historical Folk art painting

Greek Revival maiden

Greek Revival Maiden shows a elegantly dressed lady to the side of a pink and white stucco Greek Revival cottage inspired by the 1840's Isaac Bogart home located in New Orleans Garden district. The home is a beautiful blend of Gulf Coast Creole and South Carolina classical architecture. Behind the front door is not a hall but a open air gallery. The pedimented front porch has box paneled columns as well as Tower of the winds fluted columns. The 3 bay openings all have Dog eared Greek Key frames. The wrought iron railings is Greek inspired. In front of the home is a woman of color street vendor selling citrus fruit. she stares at the viewer of the painting.

The New Art displayed at the Kangal Gallery

Last week I was very busy completing 7 painting for last Friday's artwalk in downtown Mobile, AL. I dropped the newly finished paintings off at the Gallery that displays my art a hour before the artwalk. I have over 20 paintings that I have been working on for a few years with most of them being about 90% complete. I was hopping to complete 10 for the open house but 7 was fine. The day after the artwalk I got a show for next months artwalk April 13th at a new upscale gilfshop. So it looks like I will be busy for the next 30 days working on paintings for that show. I wanted to share the new paintings with you. Enjoy.

Detail Greek Revival maiden

Detail Greek Revival maiden

Christ Church

This painting depicts the Greek Revival Christ Church located in Mobile, AL with mother and daughter in front between crape myrtle trees and a potted lemon tree on a flagstone sidewalk. The church was established in 1823 as the first Episcopal congregation in Mobile, Alabama and the first in the State of Alabama. The first Anglican church services had been conducted at Fort Charlotte during the British occupation of Mobile in the 18th century. The cornerstone of the current Greek Revival building was laid in 1838, with construction being completed in 1840. The building is stucco over brick painted the "blood of Christ red" with granite stone accents. In 1906 a major hurricane swept through the Mobile area and the storm crashed the original classical Greek Revival steeple through the roof, destroying both in the process. After repairs were completed the steeple was not replaced, and the church assumed its modern appearance, Although there are plans to reconstruct the steeple and cupola. The interior features stained glass windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The church became the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast in 2005.

Antebellum engraving of Christ Church

Greek Revival Bathroom

Greek Revival Bathroom depicts a Classically appointed American bathroom of the mid 19th century. Interior bathrooms in America of this period were very rare and  were a luxury for America's wealthiest citizens. The Greek Revival entablature built out from the wall with paneled pilasters and anthemion's, thunderbolt of Zeus and gilded eagle and cornucopias on the top pediment. Inside to the left is a English blue & white ceramic bowl Flushing water closet encased in paneled mahogany and classically stenciled ebony wood. The copper bath tube is also encased in paneled mahogany with crimson damask drapery treatment above.

Greek Revival Bathroom

Although the first flushing water closet was invented over 2,800 years ago and owned by king Minos of Crete The English were the first to invent the modern flushing water closet in the 1500's. During 18th and first half of the 19th century people did not bath as we do every day. When they did take a bath it was for therapeutic reasons then for cleanliness.  Many people thought that bathing was a health hazard. Water was drawn from wood or metal storage tanks on top of the homes roof. Gas furnaces heated water.  This 1840's Greek Revival bathroom was fitted into a older  1820's Federal style home as the door trim is late Federal in style.

Greek Revival Bathroom

Greek Revival Bathroom

This 1840's Greek Revival bathroom was fitted into a older  1820's Federal style home as the door trim is late Federal in style.

Greek Revival Dandy # 3

Greek Revival Dandy # 3 is part of a ongoing series of panting's I'm painting of stylishly dressed young gentleman in front of Neoclassical American Federal or Greek Revival style doorways. In this painted the young Beau is in front of a mid 19th century Dog eared Greek Key doorway with anthemion atop the pediment and delicate transom and side lights. The building is brown stucco with slate porch floor trimmed in granite on a red brick foundation. A classical wrought iron boot scrape sits to the side of the door.

Homme de la plantation

Homme de la plantation French for "man of the plantation" depicts a elegantly fashionable French Creole gentleman in front of his 18th century French colonial style plantation with wraparound porch, steep high pitched wood shingle roof.  The grounds are landscaped with Italian cypress, Hydrangea and Magnolia.

Mobile Sophistication

Mobile Sophistication, shows a elegantly appointed parlor interior of a Mobile Alabama home of the 1850's. With wall to wall blue and gold carpet. Carved marble mantel. The Greek Revival dog eared window trim is fitted with Rococo Revival giltwood window cornice and Burgundy drapes. The tiebacks are cranberry glass tulips with gilt brass leaves. Over the mantel is a large gilt Rococo Revival mantel mirror with a pair of cobalt blue carcel lamps and a Old Paris porcelain vase clock in the center with peppermint camellias. To the left of the painting is a portrait of "Choctaw Belle" circa 1850 originally painted by P, Romer a artist from Bavaria living in Mobile, AL on dog river from 1850-1865. The portrait look out from over a mixing table. A bronze ornate gasolier hangs in the center of the room.

Mobile Sophistication

Mobile Sophistication

This painting titled Choctaw Belle was painted in 1850 by P. Romer an artist from Bavaria who lived in Mobile Alabama between the years 1850-1865.


My painting titled "Mourning" shows a mother in mourning for her son depicted in the classical portrait above her. The mother is dressed in black and is seated on a Classical New York made stenciled couch covered in green silk velvet. To the left is a mahogany Classical upright piano with green satin screen cover and ormolu mounts. The bronze oil chandelier is English Regency.

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