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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