I live a few blocks from this Victorian apartment building. I painted this last year around this time. Since then, one of the apartments in the building burned, and now it’s behind scaffolding.
In bed, early morning. I was captivated by the light on the wall. [/caption]
I think of this place as the Carrie House since it reminds me so much of the house in the original Carrie with Sissy Spacek. The architecture is similar, but far from identical.
It’s a happy story of this area of urban renewal- undergoing a slow renovation by a do-it-yourselfer with black chickens in the yard (chickens not pictured). This house is just a couple of blocks from mine- (already renovated, built circa 1905) and recently got a historical designation. I think the plaque outside says it’s from the 1890s.
Like every sane person, I love San Francisco and its many charms. On my latest trip I decided to just go ahead and indulge my nerdy aspect and explore Russian Hill, where so much of the Tales of the City novels took place.
A Google Maps search did not return a Barbary Lane, but I was glad to see the Searchlight Market and Swensen’s Ice Cream- pictured here- both of which were featured in the books.
Swensen’s showed up in Mary Ann in Autumn, which I highly recommend. I did not get any ice cream, which I now regret.
This summer we moved a couple of miles to the Sherman Heights historic district in San Diego. This great old house is around the block from us, and every time I’ve walked by I thought about how to go about painting it. Then they decorated for the holidays… and voila!
This Victorian block in the Gaslamp Quarter- downtown San Diego- now houses a Hooters franchise.
Painted over breakfast in the Mission. With gray fog shrouding the skies overhead, everything was bleached and pale.
We agreed this building was a polluted seafoam color, and that it would be much better in the painting to change it to a nice, clean seafoam color.
The house next door. I didn’t feel like traveling to paint. 😉
Now a yoga studio, next door to my trusty laundromat.