Sentinel II by Don Stinson

Pencil drawing on paper of an isolated gas station pump from the 1930s or 1940s
Sentinel II
Maker
Don Stinson
Origin
United States
Date
2007-2010
Medium
graphite

Details

Detail image of pencil drawing on paper of an isolated gas station pump from the 1930s or 1940s
Text

Pay attention to the text in the image. The sign has the word gas on it, but can you make out any other text on the sign? If so, what does it say? Think about why the sign is almost impossible to read. What does that say about the building as a whole?

Detail image of pencil drawing on paper of an isolated gas station pump from the 1930s or 1940s
Structure

The building in the drawing is a gas station that was built sometime between the 1930s and 1940s. The building appears to be quite outdated. Have you ever seen a gas station like this one before?

Detail image of pencil drawing on paper of an isolated gas station pump from the 1930s or 1940s
Shading

Look at the shading in the drawing. Shading plays an important role in making this image look as realistic as possible. Shading helps provide dimension for the land, as well as the sky in the background.

Pencil drawing on paper of an isolated gas station pump from the 1930s or 1940s
Land

The landscape in this drawing is of the American West. It appears that the land is quite desolate and that there are no people around. What does the desolation of the land say about the Western terrain in this image?

About

What is it? 

This artwork is a graphite drawing on paper mounted on a wood panel. The style of this drawing is photorealistic, which means that it captures an image almost as accurately as a photograph would.

Who made it? 

Portrait of Don Stinson. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Colorado-based artist Don Stinson drew this image after traveling around the Western American land. Don is also known for his panoramic oil and watercolor paintings of those Western landscapes. He is interested in the natural elements of earth, air, fire, and water. His work captures how these elements affect human-made structures within the landscape. The Western landscape includes a mixture of cultural and natural beauty; therefore it is the perfect inspiration for Don’s work.

How is it made? 

This image was inspired by a series of photographs that Don took while traveling along the Western terrain of the United States. Don typically takes hundreds of photos at sites that he wants to capture as inspiration for his work. However Don does not simply copy the photograph, instead he uses the abundance of images to recreate a new and unique image of the location, in this case with graphite and paper.

What inspired it?

Stinson was inspired to capture images of the American West because he grew up traveling around these locations as a child, since his father was a geologist. He is particularly inspired by the evolution of the terrain and the structures that inhabit the land. He wants his audience to think about what the present, abandoned, and desolate architecture says about the future of the landscape.

Look

  • How do you think this artwork was created?
  • Do you think this landscape is a real or imaginary place?
  • How does this artwork make you feel?
  • What does this artwork make you wonder?