I always loved clocks. Being an accumulator, clocks became a subject of my acquisitiveness: clocks themselves; books about clocks, about time; pictures of clocks and pictures of clock stores. Here is a photo of my time travel collection I used to have:
When I used to walk up Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, I would love to walk past the Sutton Clock Shop. It was across the street from Bloomingdales. I went upstairs several times to marvel at all the clocks. I brought a pocket watch there for repair once (the one pictured above), and I bought a small oval windup clock which contained a Dutch scene that included a windmill. The windmill blades clicked off the seconds of the day, like any second hand of a clock. However, they rotated counterclockwise. The Sutton Clock Shop was a wonderful place.
Today’s watercolor experiment:
I continued with my series of miniatures today with a pen and ink sketch of the Sutton Clock Shop. The clock faces, handwritten and printed signs added character to the window, more character than any other dressed window on the street, in my opinion.
After I penciled in the right proportions, I inked the lines, then erased the scaffolding that allowed me to apply the permanent lines correctly.
I don’t remember taking a color picture of this building, so I had to use my imagination to choose the correct pigments when I applied the watercolor. I am sure that the signs were printed in red, probably on a yellow or off-white background. The letters of the jewelry store sign were attached to rectangular pieces of marble. Each slab was a slightly different shade of gray than another.
The best use of watercolor in this study was in the depiction of shadows. Perhaps I could have packed the ink lines more densely to accomplish this, but the tooth of the paper prevented me from doing this. A smooth Bristol paper would have been a better choice for pen and ink alone. I don’t remember the color composition of the bricks or the awning to the left of the shop. Perhaps I should have chosen more muted colors or some other way to emphasize the clocks in the window.
Below is my color rendition of the Sutton Clock Shop, otherwise known as ‘The Clock Building’.