I used to think after I removed the masking there wasn’t much else left to do. Wrong. Tiny brush strokes symbolize shadow shapes that define architectural details. I’m not trying to produce realism here. Just a suggestion. The viewer does the rest. To me, a more interesting interpretation.
Next, a little more landscaping.
But may I please use some artistic license…
…when it comes to the majestic trees surrounding the house?
I don’t want the trees to obscure and overpower. Just a suggestion serves to nestle the house more into the painting.
Add a few branches, sign my name and the house portrait is finished and ready to be delivered in time for Christmas.
Thank you, Becky & George.
Create Harmonious Neutrals
On Palette & Paper
Blending color opposites creates lovely neutrals. Here I am blending red and green to create a range of choices for the shutter colors. Shutters in sunlight will appear differently than shutters in shadow underneath porch roof.
Applying first wash.
I like the windows to appear lit from within. To achieve this I apply saturated hues. Again color opposites, this time purple and yellow.
I drop in more water allowing the colors to blend and neutralize on the paper.
When completely dry, I remove the masking.
Masking is removed. Time to step back, analyze and evaluate before moving on to detailing trim work.
Subtle Definition Makes Big Impact
Probably one of my most often used techniques…lost and found edges. I love the illusion this creates. I feel like I’m sculpting in watercolor.
Feeling the need to add some dark values to give me a better reference for judging mid to light values. Time to put on that roof.
I try to use the largest brush possible for the area I’m working in. But every now and then, a tiny round comes to my rescue
There, that’s better. How about those shutters next…
Here I am mindful of value and temperature to symbolize depth and light. The cool washes are cast shadows and warm washes under eaves and base of porch wall are reflected light.
Adding a darker value second wash under front porch. This will really bring the porch roof forward and accentuate the distinctive trim work.
Blending and losing edge with a warmer wash.
At this stage all I want to do is put everything on hold
and paint, paint, paint…
Keeping my fingers crossed, that is what I am doing the next two days. Maybe, tomorrow, we will put on a roof
Hope you are enjoying seeing this lovely home come into being.
Hold on…Here We Go…
This is quite exciting. Especially when working on a tilt. A tad different from tiny detail. I’ve put away my magnifying glass and put on my parachute.
Adding background shrubs and trees…
…and a few clouds.
Feeling good about today’s progress
More to follow…
Hoping To Add Color Tomorrow.
You’ll Be The First To Know.
Above is a commissioned house portrait in process. For the last few days, I’ve hovered over it with a magnifying glass, finding and fine-tuning little details. A dot symbolizing a front door key lock and a dash for a mail slot. I know these tiny symbols will hold so much meaning for the home owner and I carefully seek them out.
It takes a different state of mind to ease into the details. I pass through a resistance of what my left-brain thinks is minutiae. But as I work, my right brain imagines what it would be like living there and something shifts. I’m learning if I can slow down, there can be flow in detailing too.
Hoping for blue skies tomorrow, but for now, I need to tidy up the front porch
My freedom-loving inner artist that lives to splash color
is needing to wait her turn today :/
Structure, her counter-intuitive partner, is hard at work, laying a firm foundation.
This stage is not my favorite.
Funny, this morning’s reading from Christine Valters Paintner’s, the Artist’s Rule, Abbey of the Arts, was:
Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter – like the riverbanks - forcing the spontaneity into various forms which are essential to the work of art or poem.
- Rollo May