After the holiday

Well, the holiday weekend is over, all of the company has returned home after a wonderful visit, and the cleanup has finally been accomplished.  I managed to get into the studio for a few hours today and start the coloring.  I had finished the inking last week but with holiday preparations and then company, I couldn’t get back to the studio.

Preliminary pastel

This is what I did this afternoon.  The colors are a little on the dull side as I haven’t sprayed it at all yet and I haven’t cleaned up the edges, especially around the exterior timber work.  It looks a little on the on the messy side since I have only used the kneaded eraser alone and not with the metal guide.  I plan to darken up the timber work with a few more layers and perhaps just a bit more subtle coloring to the brick work.  And I think I’ll make the shingles slate again.  Ahh, the privileges of artistic license when there is no client involved.  I do think I may need to add some dark on the right to balance out the windows on the left, but I haven’t quite decided how to yet.  Perhaps when I add more color to the foliage it will work itself out.  I’ll use the colored pencils after I spray with workable fixative to delineate the shadows.  All in all, I should  be able to finish by the weekend and then I’ll have to figure out what to do next.  sometimes that is harder than the actual artwork.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lindahalcombfineart
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 09:50:31

    Wonderful progress. This is a very nice piece.

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  2. ruthsartwork
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 10:26:36

    Thanks Linda, I think I still need to work out what to do on the right side yet to balance dark windows.

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  3. lesliepaints
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 11:00:52

    Beautiful doorway, Ruth. I don’t know that this needs a dark the other side. Perhaps prop it up and look at it from a distance and see. I think that large bush on the right keeps this in balance. That and that large light shape above it. Your doorways always impress! Love them.

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  4. ruthsartwork
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 18:31:00

    Thanks, Leslie. I think I’ll have a better idea when I put in the roof colors and spray the fixative.

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