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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Plaza point--watercolor

Plaza Point--3"x 3 1/2" watercolor
The Plaza District in Oklahoma City is another rejuvenating neighborhood in Oklahoma City these days, gathered around what used to be the old Plaza Theatre. It's an area of urban decay, trying to make a comeback, on 16th Street south of OCU.
For me, traveling there day after day for rehearsals and performances of the OKC Gridiron in what is now the Lyric Theatre, it's a trip into the past and future.
I find the eclectic collection of stores, places to eat and so forth energizing, but not as much as many of today's young twenty-with-it generations do, including my stepdaughter Alexx Reger and fiancee Jake Harms, who live nearby.
Still, there are remnants of old charm there, including an old architectural relic. I don't even know what to call it, but this was my first watercolor attempt of it.
Architecture that makes a point, instead of the bland sameness of today's world. No wonder the place is popular. And here, all color, no drawing, just impressions on paper of something inside.
(And the 14th watercolor in 14 days).

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