paintings > street lights
Teale Hatheway is known for her intimate paintings of old street lights scattered across our cities. These turquoise and copper lights are from her first series of urban light paintings on paper. It depicts the tall, fluted, lights lining the Glendale Hyperion Bridge, over the Los Angeles River. Teale was in the midst of studying the LA River Bridges for a series of more complex architectural paintings, when she became enamored with the beautiful, jewel-like quality of these small, urban details.
These blue-green architectural details caught the artist's attention because they appear to be formed in copper and their color is a natural result of oxidation.
To make these paintings, the artist hand cut stencils, over which she atomized india ink on cold pressed watercolor paper. The fanciful colors were added with watercolor and the shimmery lights were emphasized with gold leaf.