Saturday, June 21, 2008

Brides By Design

Brides By Design, I had to laugh when I saw this array of bridal wear proudly hanging of what I suppose are armatures but it's the name that really cracked me up.
It's a quaint shop so I thought it should be saved for posterity.
The taxi, bus and car blending into the gowns were a kick when they began to appear as the paintng progressed.
There are a lot of subtle colours that don't appear in the photo.
76cmx105cm , Arches 300gsm, all W&N watercolours


Blogger Sandy said...

I really love all your 'shop front'paintings Dave. You have taken your watercolours to a new and exciting level.
Each new subject you choose to paint will give you a whole new and different range of challenges
The colours in this one are beautiful and kind of nostalgic and "old worldy"
I love the intricacy in all the colours and especially the darks in the background.
The inclusion of the Perth Courier/taxi? is a brilliant touch!

June 21, 2008 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Another wonder for the eyes, loving those greens and soft yellows and whites, gorgeous palette. The cars and bus are great, they totally add to the design and interest and take nothing away from the subject. The upper portion of the painting just kills, dang! and I appreciate details like the flares of color (turquoise, etc) appearing at edges, I think whole series has taken your color harmony sense to another level. This could have won that show also, no doubt in my mind.

June 21, 2008 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger perugina said...

Fantastic David, everyone loves a bride!
You have an enourmous amount of patience, awesome detail in this there is so much to see in it. I agree with Sandy's comment about it having a "nostalgic and old worldy" feel to it.
The whole series is wonderful.

June 22, 2008 at 2:50 AM  
Blogger Sandy Maudlin said...

Your work is fascinating and intriguing. I love this piece especially and agree with Nick about it being a winner.

June 22, 2008 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

lovely painting!

June 23, 2008 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger William K. Moore said...

A painter's painting.. and the other shlubs might be appreciating it properly too. I hear you when it comes to enjoyment of these kinds of shops. Bogota (I'm heading there tomorrow) has hundreds of these (and in a much worse state). Preserving these areas like rare flutterbys is a good effort.

June 24, 2008 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger David Burge said...

Thanks comrades!
This was one of those paitings that had a longer than average *ugly stage* where've I heard that before?
My wife kept encouraging me to continue with it, I'd stashed it away to flatten it out(takes a few days for the ripples to subside in my "humidifyer") When I checked it out yesterday I was happy i went on with it.

Still haven't ordered the jumbo sized mat, glass and foamcore for the last two pictures.

Thanks of all your support.

June 24, 2008 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger David Burge said...

Bill, being from the antipodes(and not from St Kilda by the way) I had to look up the word "schlub". Not that it's in any way devoid of onomatopoeic inflection, but it was worthy of checking. From the yiddish to polish roughly converting to "blockhead"
Thankyou William.

June 24, 2008 at 11:42 PM  
Blogger RH Carpenter said...

David, how can you have been posting such outstanding work without receiving an award yet? Well fear not, for I've given you the most prestigious Arte y Pico award for over the top, best of the best bloggers out there. You can check out the info on my blog post for Wed. July 9. And I might be wrong but these "awards" do seem to be more of a "chick thing," but you are most welcome to participate if you choose. If not, I still think you rock!

July 9, 2008 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Nava said...

That's a greatly unique series!

July 11, 2008 at 2:32 AM  
Blogger wayne said...

David, Glad I checked by to see your fantastic artworks! Large-scale watercolour here- WOW- i know how hard these are to handle! Love the images (bridal paraphernalia, taxi, bus etc) vying for attention within a single image in this one -- very clever composition -- great piece!
One of my all-time favourite watercolour papers too, and W&N watercolours (and brushes!)--when only the best will do!

September 25, 2008 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger wayne said...

Agree wholeheartedly with the growing number of followers of your art who affirm this 'Shopfront Series' as something very special. You have made a quantum leap (i feel) into a new realm of colour, design, and, for want of a better term 'pattern interconnection' (composition). These paintings are so incredibly well balanced, asymmetrically, like a beautifully composed piece of music. Keep that visual music rocking...!!

October 1, 2008 at 5:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Richard Estes feel in a different palette. Nice work.

October 1, 2008 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Yahoo!...I now am linked to your blog. Wonderful, intriguing work, and I'll be visiting often h2o comrade!

October 2, 2008 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger JJ said...

David this is so neat. I am enjoying my journey of your blog, you have been painting some awesome works lately!

December 9, 2008 at 2:03 AM  

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