View Full Version : "Deco Decay"

08-20-2008, 12:24 AM
So I was driving to work last week and the light that particular morning was so gorgeous. I passed this really cool deco apartment building and whipped around the corner to snap some pictures. This one was from while I was driving past and just stuck the camera out the window. I came back with an odd angle, but I thought it aptly expressed the state of semi-disrepair of the building. There was this sad broken tree next to the entrance and that's what inspired this painting.

It's acrylic on 18 x 18" cradled birch panel which was prepped with gesso, gel medium and pumice gel with a hint of burnt sienna mixed in.

C & C welcome.

08-20-2008, 12:34 AM
Now that is wonderful Celeste.
I think that by keeping the angle of the reference photo you really captured the loneliness of once lovely buildings, that have been neglected.
Kind of a symbolic way of looking at it!

08-20-2008, 01:27 AM
Agreed! That is AWESOME! Love the tilt in the composition...


08-20-2008, 01:35 AM
Wow! Firstly I love the title!:-) Great angle and lovely character to that tree. A very different piece from you I think, but totally cool.

08-20-2008, 02:04 AM
I really like this ...It looks like the building is about to just slip right off the side and disapear... Anyways has my two thumbs up!

chammi kaiser
08-20-2008, 04:02 AM
I like this too, Celeste. The angle is unusual and interesting. The tree is great - has a gnarled old look which complements the old building.

08-20-2008, 04:09 AM
Feels like I am looking up. The window over the door is nice, a breezy painting :-)


08-20-2008, 04:28 AM
Lovely brushwork on the facade.

08-20-2008, 04:36 AM
At the expense in sounding juvenile, your style rocks!! Great job with this!

08-20-2008, 07:36 AM
Thanks gang - it is a bit different for me. For some reason, I really enjoy doing cityscapes - and particularly old, interesting buildings. I'm glad this one worked out.

08-20-2008, 12:26 PM
I really liked the colours and brushwork.

08-20-2008, 12:56 PM
Nice work!

08-20-2008, 06:51 PM
Thanks a million!

08-20-2008, 09:10 PM
Love it!

08-20-2008, 09:19 PM
I really like the subject and it's perspective....and it's possible it'll make EVERYONE come and look at it since it's not straight=on...hmm...you may be onto something!! Well done, Celeste!!

Margaret 59
08-21-2008, 12:08 AM
I knew it would be interesting by the title - very nicely done!

08-21-2008, 12:10 AM
Thanks my friends.

08-21-2008, 12:32 AM
Fabulous Celeste, I love the tilted canvas angle. Just wonderful!! Realy makes it look more.. delapidated!!

08-21-2008, 09:30 AM
Thanks Kathie. I'm glad the symbolism of the angle and composition reads well.

08-21-2008, 11:42 AM
Great job on the windows and reflections! Fantastic old building!

08-21-2008, 07:26 PM
Thanks very much Lillian.

08-22-2008, 09:58 PM
Celeste, the tilt has give it a wonderful, whimsical feel combined with the pink. Love your rendering of the steps and path too.


08-22-2008, 10:08 PM
Gee! Love this.

08-22-2008, 10:54 PM
Thanks. Working on a more "serious" view of this building. Larger, but in oils this time. Hopefully if it turns out I'll post it in landscapes.

08-23-2008, 03:45 AM
Love the angle that you have painted this. Great work.

08-23-2008, 12:26 PM
:wave: I'm inspired by old buildings myself Celeste! This is a real winner! Hopefully you won't let us miss the oil version, even if you just post a link to it. :D


08-23-2008, 04:32 PM
Thanks Grace and Elizabeth. I'll try to remember to post a link here. Not ready to see yet though!

08-23-2008, 10:52 PM
Well, I went ahead and posted as far as I've gotten on the oils version of this old apartment complex you can see here:


quite a learning curve between mediums for me mind you!

08-24-2008, 04:23 PM
love the angles!