Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Elmer New Jersey is one of the many small farming communities scattered through the state's "deep south".  This village, which I always found difficult to take seriously because of its name, is 15 miles from my home town, and for years I drove through the town on my way to Wilmington, Philadelphia, or anywhere west of our farm.

It took 40 years for me to discover, to my utter amazement and delight, Elmer's incredible architectural gem, a worn out and fading grain elevator located only blocks from its small main street, and towering over everything else in the vicinity.  It did not take long before it showed up on my drawing table, not just once, but three times.

the first time - pastel and ink

second time - construction

third time - pastel


Katherine Thomas said...

I like the holiday cards you've been posting, especially the Sunday edition, wow! This is so fascinating, though, to see the different moods of this structure, portrayed with different colors and values and media. Do you sometimes select your medium based on the feeling you want to convey?

William F. Renzulli said...

My selection of medium is usually determined more by the subject than the mood I want. The construction was done for fun and not mood.

I feel I can best manipulate the mood of a painting with pastel or acrylic.

Thanks for the kind words.