I purchased this small watercolor painting today at a garage sale in the Cleveland neighborhood of Oklahoma City. A dirty old frame did a good job masking its beauty. I paid $2 for it. The young woman who was managing the sale didn’t have any information about the painting other than it belonged to her mother. As best I can tell, there is no artist’s signature on the painting. The church reminds me of two different churches in Oklahoma City – First Christian Church, which Sully affectionately refers to as the “egg church,” and St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.
I recently completed a freelance writing assignment about an upcoming exhibit at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, which will highlight the work of Julius Shulman, the renowned architectural photographer, He photographed many of Oklahoma’s modern buildings.
I did a fair amount of reading about modern architecture as I prepared to write the piece about Shulman, thus, when I saw this painting, it appealed to me more than it might have just a few months ago. I’ve never been fond of modern architecture, but my recent review of Shulman’s work and Oklahoma’s modern buildings has given me a deeper appreciation for it.
There are two “modern” blogs, which I discovered during my research, Oklahoma Modern and Modern Tulsa. Check them out!
Finally, I thought discovering this painting the Saturday before Palm Sunday made it a fitting find. At the top of the bell tower is the Good Shepherd, and there in the center of the arch is Jesus on the cross. Below him are the 12 disciples. And, tomorrow, in the Christian faith, marks the beginning of Holy Week.