Frances M. Shloss: Travels

Frances M. Shloss and Mark Morris during the exhibition
Frances M. Shloss with Visiting Associate Professor Mark Morris, while they discuss her work in the John Hartell Gallery. William Staffeld / AAP
Luncheon with Frances Shloss in the John Hartell Gallery
Class of 1945 luncheon with Frances M. Shloss (B.Arch. '45), in the John Hartell Gallery. William Staffeld / AAP
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Watercolor of Tallinn, Estonia by Frances M. Shloss. image / provided
Frances M. Shloss with Visiting Associate Professor Mark Morris, while they discuss her work in the John Hartell Gallery. William Staffeld / AAP Class of 1945 luncheon with Frances M. Shloss (B.Arch. '45), in the John Hartell Gallery. William Staffeld / AAP Watercolor of Tallinn, Estonia by Frances M. Shloss. image / provided

Since childhood, Frances M. Shloss (B.Arch. '45) she has always enjoyed sketching and painting buildings and scenic landscapes. Shloss's first introduction to watercolors — while studying architecture at Cornell in the early 1940s — was in Kenneth Washburn's class.

During the past 30 years Shloss has enjoyed more than 37 cruises, on which she completed more than 500 small-scale watercolor vignettes of cities around the world. These watercolors were never intended to be finished masterpieces, but only a remembrance of the beautiful places she visited.

Many pieces were painted while sitting on her balcony as the ship sailed in and out of foreign ports. Others were painted while on shore excursions; some while sitting on the front seat of a moving bus, and others while riding a train or flying in an airplane. Moving by gave Shloss three to five minutes to capture a scene. On land excursions the stops ran 15 to 20 minutes, at which time she was able to create a more detailed painting. Shloss found that "less is more" and the shorter time produced the better results.