In the break room last week I was looking through the surfaces
book,which is a collection of images of brick, marble, metal,
and so forth. This book was compiled as visual research for artists,
architects, and designers, and it's a staple for scenic designers and painters.
Jim, Shannon and I were talking about how cool we think the book is and how
being scenic artists has affected how we see the world. When I'm in a
restaurant, I can't help but notice the dings and scratches along the wall.
When I see the natural distressing caused by weather on a building, I take a mental note so I can have a better chance of recreating it later.
This conversation reminded me that lead scenic artist Patrick Boney at OSF
had told me I would start noticing these "surfaces" during my first
week of work, and he was right. I just can't help but notice these things
around me. Most of the time it's cracked paint on an old building or
scratches on chairs, but sometimes it's a little more majestic like
a beautiful architectural detail or the patina on a bronze statue (scenic
artists love patina.) When I came to Milwaukee I was impressed by the beautiful
architecture and there's patina everywhere! So, I thought this week I would
share inspiring surfaces images from Milwaukee.