Something new

Preliminary

Final

After the eight fall home commissions were finished, I decided that I needed a change of pace.  I went back to my Idaho photos and selected one of the landscapes for an acrylic painting.  Right off the bat you can see this one has a lot fewer red tones in it than the first one.  Since I took the photos in August, the lusher spring foliage and flowers were long gone. However, there were a few daisy like yellow flowers still blooming and of course the evergreens and sage added a nice pop of color.

I am pretty pleased with the way it turned out.  Maybe I am finally re-learning about how I should use the acrylics.  There is finally an acrylic class in our art center this spring so I will have to check it out.  I could use the technique pointers.

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Final of three

Finished two story

This one made it by Christmas, too.  It was for the client’s grandmother and she was thrilled.  So many memories were held by that simple front porch, it seems.

In a funny mix-up, I got paid twice for the painting.  I shipped it to my client’s father for wrapping, but he thought the packing list was a bill and sent me a check for it!!  We all had a good laugh –  and then I shredded it.

Christmas commission three

Pencil

Inked

Commission 3 was the largest at 14×11.  It also was an older family home with lots of memories.  The four chairs on the porch were for sitting in and having family time.  I changed the landscaping up a little for them, adding more shrubs and flowers, as well as a clematis vine up the left wall.  It’s funny sometimes, the things we remember and are important.

Final of 2

All done

The watercolor of number two was sky blue and white.  I ended up adding some flowers in the front for a little pop of color.  This was a well timed gift.  The parents closed on selling their longtime home on December 23 and their adult children were able to give this to them on Christmas day.  I am so glad it worked out that way.  USPS really came through for me this holiday season.

Christmas commission 2

Pencil drawing

Pen before the watercolor

December commission two was medium sized at 10×8, but it too needed to have the landscaping cut back some.  The two trees in front covered most of the upper story so I moved the right one over a bit and lessened the spread of the left one.  Also, that let me show the bench and woodpile on the left part of the porch.

Lots of grass blades here so while I waited on some questions being answered, I went ahead and started those little strokes that seem to take longer than the rest of the landscaping put together.  I don’t mind it though.  I find it’s kind of relaxing creating all that randomness.

final of one

Number one all done

This two story commission was more difficult than an 8×6 should be, but it turned out well.  After a few more (of not exactly what I needed) pictures and consulting with my builder husband, I managed to figure out that inner corner between the house and garage.  I never had a clear picture of it, but we deduced that the eaves turned the corner and indeed met up with the main house wall.  I’m glad we spent the time figuring it out.  At first blush, it didn’t seem that way and I would have had the eaves stop beforehand.  A telltale downspout cleared it up.

I wasn’t sure it would make it by Christmas when she ordered, but USPS came through on time and delivered it with a week to spare.

Christmas commission one

Pencil up

Inked

Happy New Year to all!!  After the set of five commissions was completed, I started on the first of the Christmas orders.  In the middle of working on the larger set, I started to get inquiries on what I might be able to get done by Christmas.

This was a little 7×5 that didn’t take very long.  The biggest problem was that the major photo I had to work from had the garage and the inner corner at the left totally blocked.  After a little back and forth, I managed to work out all of the eave placements and heights.  I also trimmed back the greenery and added some flowers.  In the end, the client was so pleased about her gift that she said she was going to have me draw her own house as a gift for her husband’s birthday.  A project to look forward to later this winter.