Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Stewart Burgess White

Stewart Burgess White
I met watercolorist Stewart White at the recent Wayne Plein Air Festival here in Southeastern Pennsylvania, where he was drawn to the architectural elements of the town’s 19th century train station.

White’s background in architectural illustration gives his work a solid geometric underpinning and lends his loose application of washes a pleasing graphic strength.

White works on location, and his online gallery includes work from his home town of Baltimore as well as his travels in Europe and other locations around the US.

I particularly enjoy his use of atmospheric perspective, and his ability to find beauty in industrial subjects. He uses a controlled palette, often with one color predominating, accented by touches of its complement.

It’s unfortunate I couldn’t find more examples of White’s architectural work (above, second from bottom), as that kind clear, crisp watercolor rendering is largely being replaced by colder, more impersonal 3-d renderings.

7 thoughts on “Stewart Burgess White

  1. James Gurney

    As well as being a great plein air painter and a nice guy, Stewart is also involved with the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. He hosted the ASAI’s annual convention in Baltimore last year. The ASAI has a student competition that any student who loves painting imaginary buildings should consider entering.

  2. Donald Pittenger

    I’m years away from being anywhere close to the architectural rendering loop. But one reason why you might not find much of Stewart’s rendering is that (I suspect) most of it is now done on computers.

    If he were alive today, Hugh Ferriss might be digging ditches instead of rendering.

  3. Mark

    Hey Charley, hadn’t stopped by in a couple weeks and I had a pleasent surprise. As I studied the first watercolor I was quite certain it was of the mill center that lies 1/3 of a mile from my childhood home in Balto! I love to see nice watercolors, my mother was/is a watercolor painter and adherent and I suppose it has passed onto me. I am certainly glad you brought Mr. White to my attention and I will have to catch up on some of his other works. As is I recognized as having visited in person or lived near all but one of the posted works.
    Thanks again for the work on blog…I’m gonna paint today!!!

  4. David J Teter

    Beatiful watercolors. The architectural rendering is clear and crisp without being too sterile, which some were even before digital rendering took over. Great drawing, design, color and atmosphere. Really enjoy these, thanks Charley.

  5. Stewart White

    Hi charlie,
    Thanks for the kind attention to my work. If you need any other images of architecture, I have a ton of them. Glad to hear there still might be room for hand drawn renderings . They have a pleasure factor that digital work lacks. There is however some extraordinary work done digitally these days. Look up Cyril Farey , English illustrator, clean and crisp watercoor work of early 20th century

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