by Carolee Clark
28″ x 22″
acrylic on wrapped canvas
My abstract paintings always start with something that I see. This was the back of a building in Albany, Oregon. While I was painting I had a lot of strange looks by passers-by trying to figure out where I was getting my imagery. I pointed out where I got each shape or detail and they understood! Even though I was painting plein air (for the first part, finished in the studio), the viewer understood at what I was looking. It was fun to explain my strange way of seeing. A fellow painter said that my painting could have been done anywhere, but I beg to differ. I was taking actual shapes and designs from what I saw. I wish that I could conjure up such interesting imagery from my mind, but I really appreciate the view!
This building, as I was told by the owner of the building next door, was a brothel up until WWII.