Tanvi Buch Architecture + Watercolors

2019 - later

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ALL LINED UP (15"x19" FRAMED, 2019)

Done quickly with a big brush in limited time in Moss Landing, I find that it is these constraints that bring about a freedom and freshness in my work.

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LET's STOP FOR A WHILE (17"x21" FRAMED, 2019)

This was done en plein air at Stevens Creek Canyon Park.

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PILGRIMAGE TO GAZTELUGATXE (12"x15" FRAMED, 2019)

The watermarks in this painting remind me of this hike and the 241-step climb to the San Juan Church at the top of the rock island near San Sebastian in Basque Spain, and hint at the mistiness of the coastal weather.

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NUMBER EIGHTEEN IN CASCAIS, PORTUGAL (12"X15" FRAMED, 2019)

This was an unmarked building - I still cannot believe it is not on some historical register or even a chapel of some kind. It stopped me in my tracks twice as it presented very different shadows. over the course of the day.

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under the capitola wharf (12" x 15" FRAMED, 2019)

These structural piers in sharp perspective supporting the wharf above remind me of a cathedral, the echo of the waves as musical as a church choir.

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THE FLAG ON CAPITOLA WHARF (12"X15" FRAMED, 2019 - SOLD)

This was the first painting I sold at Capitola's 5th Annual Plein Air event in early November. It was an intense 5 days of painting and showing - a huge learning curve and an incredible experience.

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COLORS OF CAPITOLA (16" x 20" FRAMED, 2019 - SOLD) - HONORABLE MENTION IN CAPITOLA's 5th PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL NOVEMBER 2019 - JUROR: PAUL KRATTER

It was tricky to do this painting as I had to pre-plan all the white spaces. The Venetians are actually a mix of brighter, more gaudy colors, and it was important that the painting capture the essence of multi-colored buildings, but not be a facsimile. I got many compliments on my use and linkage of white space, from the sand in the foreground, to the alternate rows of the buildings in the middle-ground, to the sky in the background. I was thrilled when this painting sold at the end of the show.

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STILL CAPITOLA (13" x 17" FRAMED)

I'm still enjoying painting scenes from Capitola well after the plein-air event.

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SHALL WE SIT OUTSIDE? (12" x 15" FRAMED)

I had so many good pictures from my five days in Capitola that it is was obvious to just keep going with those scenes. Even after I returned home, the images and beauty of the little town were swimming in my mind.

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Driving home on HIGHWAY 17 (4.5" x 7" UNFRAMED)

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PULGAS WATER TEMPLE (12" X 15" FRAMED)

A hidden gem with manicured lawns and a serene setting. This Grecian structure is a mini version of the Palace of Fine Arts.

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CHARLESTON SLOUGH (13" x 19" FRAMED)

The birds outnumber the humans at these baylands. It was a bleak day so I chose a neutral palette which helped bring out the pinks and lavenders.

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CAPITOLA WHARF - REPRISE (12" x 1 5"FRAMED)

After the other Capitola Wharf (in greens) sold - see above - I wanted to try the same simple silhouette in another color scheme. 

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LOOKS LIKE RAIN (13" x 17" UNFRAMED)

After fussily painting Hayes Mansion across the way from this cafe, I felt loose and free enough to try this scene with a large brush and a limited color palette.