Finished with pastels

This was a hard one. I probably had at least an extra day in each phase, if not two. The house itself was very complicated to lay out with its almost modular, broken up form, as were the trees in the landscaping. Colorwise, it is almost bi-chromatic (is that a word?) being predominantly gray and green. I had to find a way to accent with some other colors for establishing depth and visual interest. Fortunately, even if there were no flowers to speak of, I was able to use the pink of the garage doors and some yellow in the grass and trees to help break up the color. The chimney and the patio furniture helped some too. I ended up being pleased with it. It is actually one of the few portraits that I have done that I could see the finish of in my head before I started. Mostly I let portraits take me where they want to go. For some reason, this was different.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Des
    Nov 16, 2020 @ 10:22:50

    It’s interesting to read that it’s one of the few you’ve done where you could see the finished product in your head beforehand. To me it seems like a very balanced home portrait (maybe it’s the garage doors vs. the driveway…but it works) with lots of depth. They’re going to love it!


    • ruthsartwork
      Nov 16, 2020 @ 10:30:54

      Thanks, Des. I was most concerned with the trees in front and back – how to separate them in the mass of green. I don’t know why, but thank God, i could picture how it needed to be before I started. So much foliage relative to the size of the house image is unusual.


  2. The Eclectic Contrarian
    Jan 19, 2021 @ 18:51:11

    That’s pretty amazing!


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