I created this one this past weekend but it was an idea that had been brewing in my head for quite some time and it wasn’t until now that I decided how I wanted to execute it. This plate is a throwback to the theater marquis that commonly lit up busy streets many years ago.
Archive for January, 2013
This plate is where it all started. Prior to this plate I did the traditional thing and painted only on canvas. One morning I awoke and decided I should attempt something different. Somehow I came up with the idea to do plates and told my wife to keep a look out. Whle helping my brother in law move she rescued this plate out of his things to be thrown away and so it began… This plate is fairly basic but it gave me some practice and some ideas going forward with how to deal with certain problems such as working on an uneven surface. I prefer to paint a stamped plate and if the plate is bent or warped slightly that is even better. In my opinion those imperfections only serve to give the plate character.
Over half of the winters of my life have been spent here. Amazing thing is how unchanging my feeling is for the place…you tear up a bit. You know as I read my early entries, my first reflections and impressions, I actually like the person that wrote them…I found the right place.
John Weamer arrived at Yosemite on November 25, 1974 to research a doctoral thesis on John Muir and be the winter caretaker of the Ostrander Ski Hut…and he’s still at it almost 40 years later. He is an acclaimed photographer and sells his works at San Francisco Art shows in the off season. Check out his amazing work at his website. This short and moving three-minute clip will give you some sense of his love for Yosemite.
Good Sunday Morning.
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