Caroline Henry Art Blog
by Caroline , September 20, 2008—12:00 AM
Painting "landmark" sites can easily be dismissed as trite, but you know Claude Monet did okay with that cathedral at Rouen, and an entire generation of impressionists did some memorable work while almost tripping over one another in that forest jsut outside Paris. Whether it is a local spot or a well known national or international monument, I think the key is painting your own vision of it, not echoing someone else.
Every local area has its own beloved sites that visitors are always taken to see. Sometimes a particularly nice rendering will catch the eye and the desire for ownership of both locals and visitors. Such a work is a good candidate for reproduction. I used ink and watercolor to complete the Lodi Arch painting. The Lodi Arch is of historic and visual interest in the smallish wine producing community of Lodi, California, and was first built nearly a century ago to highlight a festival celebrating its grapes. It is often painted. When I completed this rendering of the Lodi Arch and the nineteenth century buildings that line the street over which it arches, I thought it might be worth creating a few digital reproductions with my Epson printer in 5×7 and 8×10 size and mat them up for sale in my art group's gallery. I've had to replace them a couple of times as they have sold out.
Painting or photographing a local landmark in a style that is uniquely yours and reproducing it, starting with modest numbers, at low cost, but in enduring materials, could be a nice seller which could lead buyers to take an interest in your shows and your original works.