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Watercolor Grainery, Transparent Watercolor Grainery Barn, Doug Stenhouse Art, Watercolor art

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

This painting was executed late on a Sunday afternoon in 2004, at the end of one of Henry Fukuhara’s paintouts early in May up in the Eastern Sierras.  My ability to draw buildings is due to my background as an architectural draftsman.  Older, unusual buildings like this one are, I believe, great subjects to paint.  The colors and composition of the surrounding landscape also help to make this subject attractive. 

Painting old barns and grain elevators became a very special undertaking of mine.  It started when we visited my son David and his family up in the far Eastern part of Washington state where there are many wheat fields and grain elevators.  I was driving down a country road one afternoon when all of a sudden a tall grain elevator appeared right smack on the right-hand side of the road!  I made note of this fact and returned shortly afterwards to paint it.  It soon became one of my best known paintings and won me several awards!  The range of colors and textures of materials on these types of buildings is unique.  As an architect, I understood what was going on, but as an artist I also knew how to present them so they would be attractive.

Douglas Stenhouse also wrote a book about watercolor painting.

“I decided to write about how I paint, not only to share my observations with others, but also, frankly, to do some self- examination. I wish I had done this earlier in my life! But then, how was I to know I’d benefit from doing so, certainly at a time when I had no aspirations of becoming a professional artist.” 

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Douglas Simms Stenhouse, watercolor artist, transparent water color art, watercolor painter, painting with water colors