Tanvi Buch Architecture + Watercolors

2019 - earlier

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A MEDITATION ON PERSPECTIVE (12"X15" FRAMED, 2019)

This was done en plein air at San Jose's Buddhist Church Betsuin. I was intrigued by not painting to the edges of the paper, not touching the masked rectangle, and creating a shape of the painted area that enhanced the subject - the feeling of walking deep into the perspective, like an invitation from the temple.  

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LOS ALTOS GRILL (6"x6" unframed, 2019)

A beloved icon in Los Altos, California, this is a small color study in preparation for a larger painting.

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MEXICALI GRILL (3"X5" UNFRAMED, 2019)

Changing the color palette to give this a more lazy, Spanish feel, this was a small color study done in preparation for a larger piece. 

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SOLITARY IN KOYASAN (12" x 15" - FRAMED)

This was painted from a picture I took in Koyasan, Japan. The temples formed this negative shape in the middle which invited to be filled in by a solitary woman in a kimono.

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ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH, LOS ALTOS (11"x13" FRAMED, 2019 - SOLD)

A complementary palette brings out the form of this beautiful church tower and makes it glow.

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RELAXING AT THE ROSICRUCIAN (12"X15" FRAMED, 2019)

The brilliant mosaic of the water fountain reflects into the pool as a visitor lazes on the steps beyond. 

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REFRACTION IN ASPARAGUS (12"x15" FRAMED, 2019)

The shift of the stalks in the water is what drew me to paint this from a photograph in a book. 

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WALKING THE BRIDGE (11"x13" framed, 2019 - SOLD)

The mostly neutral color scheme of the bridge brings out the warm spots of color in the stone giving it a historic touch.

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STRIPES AT THE SFMOMA (16"x16" FRAMED, 2019) - SOLD

The bright backlight coming in through the doors made the photograph I took almost black and white, so I had the liberty of playing with colors bringing out the interaction between the neutral stripes of the crosswalk and the bright stripes inside the museum.

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CHINATOWN, SAN FRANCISCO (12"x15" FRAMED, 2019)

A loose painting of San Francisco's Chinatown with the historic Empress of China building.

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RAIN IN SAN FRANCISCO (12"x15" FRAMED, 2019)

From a photograph taken from my car as I was waiting at a red light, this loose watery painting is reminiscent of rain.

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RUSSIAN RIDGE HIKE (14"X18" framed, 2019)

The meandering trail through the luscious greenery drew my eye as I painted this en plein air.

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FORTUNE COOKIE ALLEY (11"X17" FRAMED, 2019)

Painted in monochrome, this is the narrow alley dotted with bright red Chinese lanterns that leads to the historic fortune cookie factory.  

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BIRTHDAY HIKE AT TOMALES BAY (12"X18" FRAMED, 2019)

In May every year, I drag the family to do a 10 mile hike as a birthday present to me. This stunning cluster of buildings is Pierce Point Ranch at the head of the Tomales Bay hiking trail, my favorite hike in the world.

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GRANITE ROCK, SANTA CRUZ (15"x19" FRAMED, 2019)

I was drawn to this very fascinating structure with shapes and shadows. Little did I know that it would start a series of paintings of aggregate crushing machinery units in other cities.

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SHAMROCK MATERIALS, PETALUMA (15"X19" FRAMED, 2019)

I saw this whizzing past on the freeway, and took a picture to paint from.

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MILPITAS MATERIALS (16"X20" FRAMED, 2019)

So far, this appears to be the last of the trilogy.

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CAREFUL UP THERE! (16"x16" FRAMED, 2019)

I've always watched workers precariously balanced on structures in construction sites and doing their work like ants on a hill. The golden color of wood stud framing against the blue of the sky while the structure is still open to the elements has intrigued me, and I have always wanted to paint such a scene.

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ARCHITECTURAL ABSTRACTION 15"X19" framed, 2019)

The triangular shadows shapes falling on this portion of the Sunnyvale Heritage Museum were so striking as created miniature jogs on the horizontal wood siding.

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ORCHIDS FROM SHARON (12"x15" FRAMED, 2019)

My lovely friend Sharon visited a very frazzled me at my booth during my first Silicon Valley Open Studios weekend, carrying this beautiful pot of orchids.

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SHADOWS IN A VASE ( (12"X16" FRAMED, 2019)

The bright and dazzling spot of reflected sunlight in the shadow of the vase drew me to paint this arrangement.

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SHY IN THE SUNLIGHT (6"x6" FRAMED, 2019)

A study of a single sunflower from the arrangement on the left, focusing on all the shadow shapes that make it what it is.

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MISSION SANTA CLARA DE ASIS (15"x19" FRAMED, 2019 - SOLD)

This was painted en plein air at the stunning Santa Clara University campus, full of beautiful Spanish architecture. A light drizzle for a few moments was startling before I realized that this was, after all, a watercolor.

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CHINESE GATE AT OVERFELT PARK I (12"X15" FRAMED, 2019)

Painted en plein air, I chose this asymmetrical profile of the gate against the backdrop of the trees.

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CHINESE GATE AT OVERFELT PARK II (13"x13" FRAMED, 2019)

This much looser version of the same gate was attempted later in my studio - I feel the values better set off the shapes.

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HIDDEN AT HIDDEN VILLA (12"X16" FRAMED, 2019)

Painted en plain air at Hidden Villa Farm in Los Altos Hills, this Hostel was hidden in the shadows of a tree and the forest beyond, and I almost passed it by. What drew me were the strong horizontals of the steps, the railing, and the gable vents.

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MARYKNOLL (9"x12" unframed, 2019)

So many architectural gems at Maryknoll, it was hard to pick just one. I must go back and do more.

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BLUE AGAVE CLUB (16"X16" FRAMED, 2019) - SOLD

A different style from my usual, I first did this drawing in pen and ink, and then lay loose watercolor on top en plein air.

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HOFN BOATS, ICEland (13"x13" framed, 2019 - sold)

Painted from a photo I took in Iceland, I remember this day when we were walking around until our restaurant reservation near this boat dock.

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REFLECTIONS IN NEW YORK (11"x13" FRAMED, 2019)

Painted from a photo taken from a taxicab on the streets of Manhattan, I painted this in my hotel room the same night.

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HAKONE GATE, SARATOGA (15"x19" FRAMED, 2019 - SOLD)

The cerulean blue of the sky peeks from other parts of the painting, unifying the whole.