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James Buckhouse
Conservatory of Flowers, 2020
Watercolor on paper

During the pandemic lockdown of the summer of 2020, I painted this leaf by leaf from a photo I took the previous year with my family on a trip to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. 

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James Buckhouse
Big Sur, 2020
Watercolor on paper

We traveled to Big Sur and I made a series of paintings of the views. Here the watercolor goes all the way to the edge of the paper. Because there is no boarder, just full-bleed painted image, the image feels extra-dimensional.  As if you could rotate the plane of the paper and use it to see through time and space to another memory, another place, another existance, through the aperta finestra of painting. 

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James Buckhouse
Big Sur Wide 2020
Watercolor on paper

Here is the same location in Big Sur as before, but captured at a wider view. In cinema, this would be an establishing shot, and the close up would be a punch-in. The square-shaped hole in the rock struck me as a door to Poseiden's lair. I imagined how it might be a path to an underwater civilization. 

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James Buckhouse
Waves, 2020
Watercolor on paper

Here I painted the scence twice on top of itself, once in blue, once in white, and off-set the two layers to create the smallest shift in time. As if the waves were moving while you weren't looking. 

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James Buckhouse
Double Exposure, 2020
Watercolor on paper

What is the painting equivalent of a double exposure? Or A piece of music that is stubbornly in two keys at once. Or that braided split between story and discourse... what you say and how you say it... can a painting be two things at once? Watercolor & behind the scenes process... Masked out in the paper-white background is something of a process direction (or secret recipe) for art. 

1) Develop a vocabulary
2) Pursue a course of inquiry
3) That results in a revelation
4) That transforms the object or experience or concept into art

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James Buckhouse
High-Collared Coat, 2020
Watercolor on paper


My favorite detail on the painting in the little shadow that shows the placement of the top button. Also, there is very little information about the subject's face, and yet you can almost sense her personality. 

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James Buckhouse
Venice, 2020
Watercolor on paper

Not being able to travel, I painted images from past happy memories. Here is a scene from a family trip to Italy where we traced art history in reverse, starting with ancient Rome and working our way north to the biennale in Venice. 

Selected Works

WatercolorProject type

HomewardTotal Art and Design

Film & TVProject type

SensoriumTotal Art and Design