Ohio entry 2 going into color

After a cold, wet, and dangerously stormy week, it looks as though we are going directly into the heat of summer. Today’s high is supposed to be in the 90’s. Thank goodness for air conditioning. I worked enough in the studio to finish up the inking and have started the coloring. So far so good. It has a lot of the same colors as the last, but as you see. the entries are totally different. Both are quite nice in their own way, and I wouldn’t mind either one for my own.

Tudor style entryway

If you notice, also, some of the brick on the right side is canted 45 degrees as well as four rows that are angled at about a sixty-thirty offset.  Many of the houses there had this combination of straight and angled brick and it is quite striking.  One or two went over the top with it, reversing the ratios and the effect was not nearly so appealing.  In fact, in some cases it was actually quite dizzying.  The eye never had a place to rest.

I hope everyone is having a great Memorial weekend.  Let us not forget the reason and celebrate those who serve and who have served.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lesliepaints
    May 31, 2011 @ 00:08:05

    The labor that went into this! I really like the composition. The two trianglular shapes sliding past each other draws me right into the doorway. Lovely shapes you have chosen with your crop.


  2. ruthsartwork
    May 31, 2011 @ 15:56:18

    Thanks Leslie. When I take my reference photos, I alway try to take at least 3-4 of the area I am particularly interested in as well as an overall shot. When I layout the picture I also leave extra margin space in case I need to make an adjustment to the overall size. In this case I added onto the top. I decided I needed more of the Tudor stucco area for balance. You can’t always tell just from windowing on the photo how it will lay out on the paper. Been there a few times when I didn’t leave enough extra and regretted it.


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