Thursday, September 26, 2013

Orange Charmer-Hyde Park

"Orange Charmer-HydePark",  8x10, oil

I was attracted to this house because of the bright color and the stubby columns on the front. To me the columns are quite oversized for the house and make it look like something out of Disney. Maybe a house where the seven dwarfs live.

There are actually quite a few houses in the Hyde Park area with these type of columns. I tried researching to see if it was a particular type of American Craftsman architecture, but I haven't found anything yet. Craftsman houses typically have thinner square tapered columns.  I'll keep looking, there must be a story there.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Prairie Gem–Hyde Park, Tampa

"Prarie Gem–Hyde Park, Tampa", 8x8, oil on board

When I started out on this Saturday I didn't have high hopes for painting because it was a cloudy day, and I prefer subjects in strong sunlight. Which means I usually only paint houses on the west side of the street in oder to get the sunlight on the front. But when I came upon this beautiful prairie-style gem on the east side of the street, I was glad it was cloudy.

I was lucky enough to be able to talk to one of the homeowners, who told me that this Frank Lloyd Wright look-alike was actually designed by M. Leo Elliott, who was a prominent architect in the Tampa area in the 1920's and 30's. He designed many homes and public buildings, some of which are on the National Register of Historic Places.  This is the Leiman-Wilson House, which is his only house designed in the prairie style, indicating, according to the owner, that it was modeled after Frank Lloyd Wright's work at the original owner's request.

The homeowner was so pleased with my portrait they bought it!  Cool, huh?

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