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Painting - Magic Shop Storefront

Watercolor painting of a small town magic shop that might exist in a world where magic is real and mainstream

Watercolors, pen, and pencil, from November 2018.

This started from a photograph of a shop, but I decided to alter quite a few details. I started and finished this ink, colored pencil, and watercolor painting around Halloween, so my thoughts were on quaint settings set in a world where magic is quite real—and commoditized.

I didn't feel like, say, sketching an industrial factory pumping out magical goods, and focused instead on imagining and rendering a small shop of hand-crafted magical items. I've fond memories of small town main streets; I'm definitely not a fan of cities.

(During my early twenties I was fascinated by malls, but as I've grown older the din of those places has become far less pleasing.)

Sketch - Memory of a Parking Lot Bridge in Seattle

Dream tunnel half-remembered

I started this sketch from a single arc and roof shape with a perspective curving the tunnel into the distance. After that I added some dreamlike elements all around it based on nighttime Seattle memories, with physical space not quite matching up (especially inside the tunnel, which curves in the opposite direction from outside the tunnel).