Because I'm always thinking about the image first, I didn't even notice that I was painting a firehouse the weekend of September 11th. I've always loved the old, tile-roofed building on Union, though I suspect it might be nicer to look at if you don't have to live in the antiquated conditions. I did two versions of it yesterday, one from the Walgreens parking lot (in a banner moment for me this series, I took an actual CHAIR to paint in. Much more comfortable, if you don't have to carry it too far) and one from right beside the station. I met lots of super nice firefighters who all wanted to see what I was doing.
They ended up being the ones to remind me of September 11th, because they pointed out the new benches, one of which I was sitting on, that had been provided by Home Depot. I'm not a huge Home Depot fan, preferring to patronize Stewart Brothers and Gate City, the small, locally owned hardware places that have been in Midtown for decades, but I was pleased to know that our local Home Depot is investing in the community that way. The benches are right by the bus stop as well as the fire station, so they really are a gift to the community.
Anyway, and all in all, this seemed like a good day to post these watercolors.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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