|Trouble in Callville|
image size 12" x 16"
acrylic painted papers on watercolor paper
My inspiration comes from my reading about Hoover Dam. I am particularly interested in the author's descriptions of the various accidents, hazards, working conditions, and subsequent deaths from working in the desert on this huge project. What an undertaking the dam must have been. Really, I don't think a written description can do it justice.
In any case, I learned a little bit about the group of companies that came together to build the dam. No one company was able to fund or build it so six companies/individuals came together to form a conglomerate. They called themselves Six Companies, Inc. and were responsible for working with the Bureau of Reclamation (US Government) to get the project completed on time. It isn't hard to imagine what might have occurred on the job site when a group of high powered men, working under tight deadlines, tried to make as much profit as possible.
The title for my piece references a small town, now submerged under Lake Mead, that was quite near the railroad line operated by Six Companies during the building of Hoover Dam. My original idea for the piece was simply the two figures, one standing and one falling, and some references to railroad tracks and the name of Six Companies itself. It came together at the end when I read about Callville. I sort of made up a little story in my head, connected to the workers at the dam and the hazardous conditions. There actually was a company town called Boulder City I believe and so I built on that idea too. It all makes sense to me at least!
Lastly, I am having real trouble with using color. I stalled and stalled and even when I finally decided on something, I still changed my mind. I don't actually know what is wrong but I know it is connected to how I started to learn to paint. I learned from direct observation of color, trying to recreate those ideas. I also learned in an academic way, studying the color wheel and learning a little bit about color theories. I also mix my colors from the primaries-no black and no earth tones. I have some hang ups to be sure! So, now I am trying to figure out how to sort this out and to use what I see as a negative as a positive instead. And incidentally, I am not sure how people have managed to show up in my work. I have an idea though and I will talk about that in another post. Maybe!
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