September 16th, 2016

Gate to Cathedral Green

Artist: Thomas W. Schaller, United States
Artist Statement: I was just waiting at the airport for the trip to Vancouver (where I am now and where I am teaching for a week starting tomorrow). Anyhow, I had a couple of hours and was watching how the light would stream in a window and illuminate a wall or storefront or the people in front. But it was so bright that a lot of it bounced off and more subtly illuminated objects across the hall.

So I was reminded of the Cathedral Green Gate in Wells, England – where I taught earlier this year. And so did this sketch in my trusty S&B sketchbook. The afternoon sun illuminated the unforgettable facade of the Cathedral (in my namesake town!) in such a theatrical way that it was easy to overlook the beautiful ancient gate behind us . It was also illuminated – albeit in a more subdued manner – by the light bouncing off the brilliant Cathedral many yards away…

And so I guess it was meant as a study of the things we see – those that “grab the headlines” – but can also make us overlook many other wonderful things that are right there in front of us – if we could only learn to see.

I even (embarrassingly) wrote a little poem about that moment when I was there – and this thought occurred to me

At Wells Cathedral
The late sun slants across the green
And climbs the Cathedral’s golden heights
But the forgotten gate behind us still
Quietly waits to also bask
In the same reflected, and borrowed light.
T Wells Schaller – Sept ‘16

MEDIUM: Graphite
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

After a career as an architect in New York City of twenty years, Thomas Schaller now devotes himself full-time to artwork in the watercolor medium. Thomas has long been considered one of the foremost architectural artists in the world. In the field, he has won every major award for his artwork – including being a two-time recipient of the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize. He has authored two books; the best-selling, and AIA award of merit winner, Architecture in Watercolor, and The Art of Architectural Drawing. He is increasingly in demand internationally to conduct his watercolor workshop series, “The Architecture of Light”. His strengths as a teacher are to emphasize composition over technique or medium, and light and atmosphere over specific subject matter. His artwork is collected and exhibited around the world.



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