Heritage buildings

Walking along Jackson St on a breezy sunny day, I was first attracted to this white building by thedappled shadows, then to its icing sugar colours

In the 1980s, when I began painting old grocery stores and their adjascent sites, colours appeared consistently across a variety of neighbourhoods. How had they looked originally? Hard for me to know. In Buenos Aires, where I was born, original buildings in La Boca used the bright paints from fishing boats. In the newly growing Vancouver of early construction, it is easy to imagine builders using whatever was available.

Colours alter atmospheres in both life and painting. This original is filled with soft muted hues with an occasional jewel. When I accepted a commission to paint three old hotels on Main St, north of the railroad station, I was delighted to find them of full life and detail.

B&W image: Main St. Hotel (colour below)

Published by Jo Scott-B

Exploring medieval design and fascinated by leaf patterns *Founding member of Heritage Vancouver, *Served on The City of Vancouver’s Heritage Commission *Heritage Award for her paintings of grocery stores built in Vancouver in the 1930s and earlier * Artist in Residence at Cannery in Steveston BC

One thought on “Colour

  1. My family has the original painting of the Magee Grocery and Pharmacy at the corner of West Boulevard and 49th.
    The store holds many memories for people that grew up in the neighbourhood. All three of my brothers worked at the store over the years and my parents shopped there as regulars.
    I am wondering if anyone would be interested in purchasing the painting.


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