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This project will fund a multi-state road trip for research and documentation, in my effort to capture the perfect essence of Sears.
This project will fund a multi-state road trip for research and documentation, in my effort to capture the perfect essence of Sears.
This project will fund a multi-state road trip for research and documentation, in my effort to capture the perfect essence of Sears.
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Searses 8, 9, 10 and 11

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Here they are, a final four. *Technically* I'm now done with the basic parameters of the project, but as we all know, once you get the itch to paint Sears it never goes away. There is more work coming and a show somewhere on the horizon. 

Bakersfield, CA:

 Right before I left on Searstrip I got a hot tip that the Bakersfield Sears would be worth checking out, and boy did that lead pay off.

 This is the painting I spent too much time noodling around with. Darkening the shadows. Then lightening the shadows. Then wishing I never messed with the shadows. The rocks, however, were possibly the funnest part of any Sears to paint.

Santa Barbara, CA:

I knew I wanted to paint at least one Sears in non-local color (color that doesn't match reality). I chose this one in Santa Barbara because it was, even among Searses, very bland and unremarkable; I could do whatever I wanted color-wise. And honestly, I wasn't quite sure where it would end up--I did a hot pink undercoat, then decided on an orange sky, and that meant throwing in some blue as a complement to the orange.

Nashville, TN:

By contrast, I wanted to paint this Sears because it was so dang literal. I also wanted to try out my default portrait style--many light layers of oil over a detailed pencil drawing--on something like a Sears. 

This was one of two Sears stores we visited in the Nashville area. The other Sears was actually far more impressive, a multi-level giant that told a different story with every angle. But I ask you, how do you even attempt to capture something like this in a painting?:

(This is what I mean when I say Sears Trip has generated enough material for a lifetime.)

Los Angeles (Crenshaw Blvd):

The final Sears (for the moment) is the first. I used a photo of this Sears in a lot of the Kickstarter launch materials; it's the one that got me interested in painting Sears again and led to this project. For the painting, I wanted to do something halfway between literal and expressive. I used a thin red underpainting and just a few dashes of orange, blue, and white (sort of a Wayne Theibaud palette, although he really piles on the paint).

 That's all... for now. See you at Sears!

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      Kurt Star on April 7, 2016

      Got the prints. They are gorgeous.