James Reynolds: Two ship watercolor paintings

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James Reynolds: Two ship watercolor paintings
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26" x 32" and 26" x 35" framed. These two paintings make a wonderful portrayal of two scenes of men working on large ships. One is signed, but the other isn't. We can be sure they are both from Reynolds as they come to us directly from his first wife. "His oil paintings were done on Masonite and treated with gesso. The two watercolors of the sailing ships in dry-dock were done between 1956 – 1958. Outside of the two watercolors, all of Jim’s paintings were oil and tempera at that time."

From his first wife: “I was married to James Reynolds from October 11, 1956 until February 13, 1966. Jim worked under contract to the studios as a sketch artist from 1957 to 1967. He worked mostly for 20th Century Fox, but also did some work for Disney, MG, etc. In 1965 Jim worked under John DeCuir, Art Director for 20th Century Fox, on the film Agony & Ecstasy on location in Italy.

We lived in Tujunga, California in a two-story rock house with a studio upstairs that had a north skylight. The three paintings you have were done there.

Early in our marriage we visited my family in Colorado. My family lived on a cattle ranch. This location was used as a back drop for pictures that were later used for painting templates. I rode my uncle’s cutting horse, walking, trotting, galloping and running making sharp turns and quick stops. We did this on the range land where the cattle were located. Jim took pictures of me on the horse and those pictures were used to formulate his first western paintings.

Jim painted several western style paintings upon our return from Colorado and took pictures of five of them which he sent to O’Brien’s Art Emporium in Scottsdale, Arizona. Bill, from the Emporium, called and said to bring the paintings in. The Emporium took four out of the five and sold them. That was the beginning of his western painting career.” Dorothy Durocher
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