Final pastels on the third portrait

Pastels are on

Well, I’m finally done with this set of three commissions. This was an easy one. Red brick and lots of foliage (but no flowers again). The house itself was not complicated and I layed it out quickly. I was able to establish tonal and color variation with a lot less difficulty than the gray/green combination of the last one. Still, there is a lot of inking that goes on for a 14″X9″ portrait and it does take a bit of time. As long as I am clear on the colors, the pastels are a breeze and the shortest phase.

These were fun to do as I hadn’t done any home portraits since late winter/early spring. Now I move back to my own work. I am starting to actually sell on Society6 lately and I need to figure out what designs to add to the shop there.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Des
    Nov 29, 2020 @ 10:02:15

    This home portrait really has a feeling of depth to me. Amazing transformation once the color is added! I really like the violet highlights in the various places (I’m sure I’m using the wrong terms for both the painting technique and the color). As always, I envy your talent.


    • ruthsartwork
      Nov 29, 2020 @ 11:24:05

      Thanks, Des. Shadows are not really gray. They pick up the colors of the reflected light that is bouncing up from the ground as well as the colors of the actual surface. I figured out some of this on my own over thre years, but my video watching during this last year has also taught me a lot.


      • Des
        Nov 30, 2020 @ 09:35:19

        Ruth, thanks for sharing that with me. I can’t wait until daylight…I will never look at shadows the same way again!


  2. denisebushphoto
    Dec 07, 2020 @ 11:04:31

    Wow … you have been busy! I can see how the contrasting colors helped here … very nice!


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