All five, finished

Florida 1

Florida 2

Georgia

South Carolina

Florida 3

All the portraits are done and were in the hands of the buyer well before Christmas. I received a photo of them framed and hung at the base of her stairway, where they can be viewed daily. The 8×10 with frame was the perfect size for the area and they look great, if I do say so myself.

While very fun to do, each portrait had its own difficulties attached, not the least of which was color. The Floridas 2 and 3 and the South Carolina house were related to me as muddy taupe, but the photos showed mostly a pinkish tone to everything.  And what the heck is taupe anyway?  I should have asked her to go to one of the big box home improvement stores and pick out a paint chip, but, alas, I thought of that too late. Fortunately, my guesses must have been okay because the buyer was pleased.

Florida 1 had a mixture of landscaping and paint combinations that varied in the reference photos, so I had to find out what was apropos for when she lived there.

The Georgia house had lots of flowers (potted and otherwise) and bentwood porch furniture to add.  The house color was to be a brownish yellow, but the flowers were to be the special feature.

All in all, it was the largest commission I have ever done, but it was well worth all of the difficulty and hard work.  When the buyer saw the pictures she cried with pleasure.  It’s one of the reasons I love my work.

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The last commission

Pencil-up

Preliminary watercolo

I forgot to photograph commission five, too, so here is the pencil-up and the initial watercolor wash. This was the hardest one to do.  All they had for me were two aerial photos of the actual house and a frontal shot of a similar one that had a courtyard only as wide as the doorway.  I had to cobble together a wider entryway with different ladscaping and it wasn’t easy.  But she liked it so that is all that matters.

Commission four

Pencil

Partial watercolor

For commissions four and five. I neglected to take the pen only photos.  Too busy to remember, I guess.  It was hard to keep it all straight sometimes as I just was trying to keep forging ahead.  Anyway, here is the pencil-up for four and its preliminary watercolor, too.  After they were all done, I think this one was my favorite.

Number three in the commission set

Pencil sketch

Here is number three of the commission set.  Somehow I erased the inking for this one, so all you’ll see is the pencil sketch this time around.  It has a stucco facade, lots of bright flowers in the front and a metal roof.  I’ll tell you now though, those white railings were hard to keep clean with all of the action in front and on the porch.  I’ll be posting all of the finished photos at the end so patience is required for now.

Second of the commission set

Pencil

Commission two is now ready for the watercolors.  This one had lots of interest with the flowerbeds and the raised porch. The client wanted a small wagon and some bent wood furniture to show through the  railings.  This is never easy as I usually have to try and keep the spindles a semblance of white against the darker porch area.