Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Memories of Matinees Past

"Memories"
10" x 14"
Watercolor

This final piece of the Granada Theater in Morgan Hill is done in sepia tones. In the early years of this theater, the films were not in color. I also thought it appropriate that I include a 1951 Packard in front of the theater, as that is the year this theater opened after a fire destroyed the old theater across the street. I kept the lines and picture planes very clean, in keeping with the "Art Moderne" style of this building. African Queen, one of the 10 most popular films of 1951, is playing at the theater. The smell of popcorn wafts through the theater as I fling my pigtails over my shoulders and take a seat at the Saturday matinee. How daring of Mom to take me to the show.

Bob will cut some mats and I will frame the art and deliver it for the event at Rosy's at the Beach.

5 comments:

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Oh Mary, I LIKE the sepia! The clean lines and simplicity really help set the mood. It makes me think of what I imagine might have been the 30s! Wonderful!

janice said...

It's the best piece yet! Good for you for keeping after it.

Nina E Jørgensen said...

lovely simplicity with colours!

Charlene Brown said...

Like so many of your paintings, this one tells a great story! It's a lovely painting, Mary.

Mary Paquet said...

Thanks, dear friends, for encouraging me. This is my favorite, too. Interesting how the monochromatic piece is the one I like best.