There are SO many great homes in Denver. Quite a few of my trips across town include a stop -or two- to gape and take photos of a home that commands my attention. Every once and while, a home will catch my eye because it's such an individual expression of the owner's taste or personality.
On Monday I came across the "Little Pink House" (as I'm choosing to call it). What a gem! It screamed to me that it wanted it's portrait done. Who could resist? I have a passion for small homes - check out my Pinterest board "Small Space Living" and this home was a perfect combination of color, period style, and compactness.
It took a second trip to the house to capture more details that didn't show up in the first photos I took. That often happens and I've learned that "You don't know, what you don't know, until you don't know it". Know what I mean? In this case it mostly had to do with the windows. From the photos I took, I couldn't tell if they were the same height on both sides of the porch...they seemed a bit different, but it wasn't clear (they are!)...so off I went, with Dexter in the back seat, to grab a few more pics (and a necessary afternoon coffee). While there, I found that I hadn't gotten a good shot of the random block pattern at the base of the home or that great little light on the front porch...once I did, I had to include those elements. For me, these are the details that make the portrait come alive.
In particular, I liked how many different shades of pink had been used by the homeowner. It looks like they choose the colors based on their favorite ice cream and sherbet flavors! Whoever choose those lime green pots on the front steps knew exactly what they were doing. What a perfect color combination! I liked the combo so much that I used the lime green as the accent color for the title bar of the illustration.
I'm including a picture of the actual home...just so you don't think I make this stuff up. Word has it that Barbie did the color consultation.
Maybe on another trip down to Platt Park, I'll slide a printed copy of the illustration under their door -and hope it'll please them that someone thought their great little home was worth capturing in an illustration.
Over the last year, I've attended a number of tours given by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. First coffee, then off for a morning tour...two of my favorite things...perfect! I've gotten to see a number of buildings, venues and locations that have great architectural and historical importance to Denver. This city is so rich in history and still has quite a number of amazing structures still standing (although Denver Urban Renewal of the '80's decimated hundreds of significant structures). ICAA is a great organization that has provided me the opportunity to learn and see portions of the city that (as a newcomer) I'm not all that familiar with.
This particular tour, given on Dec. 19th, was an exploration of the Chamber Lofts and several other downtown "jewels" nearby. The tour included the fantastic and elaborately ornamented Art Deco Buerger Brothers Beauty Supply building (1929), The Ideal Building (1907), The Colorado National Bank (1915) -including the beautiful murals by Allen Tupper True- and the Chamber of Commerce "Temple to Commerce" building (1910).
A great tour, led and organized by Tom Matthews of ICAA, partnering with Historic Denver and Colorado Preservation.
Hi! I'm an Illustrator and designer, living and working in Denver. I have a life-long love affair with architecture and design. I have created this blog to share some thoughts and images that inspire me...and provide an update into what I've been up to lately.
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