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.

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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.

My big commission work starts

Pencil drawing

Partially inked

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celelebrate today.  I have been working hard the last 2 weeks on my five house commission. They are only 8×10’s so the work is pretty quick. Here are both the pencil-up and most of the inking for the first one located in Florida.  This one is white stucco with salmon pink accents.  There is Spanish moss on some of the trees and evergreens to go along with the palm trees.  I wonder what that little one by the driveway is called.  I bet it is one that stays small.

Mushroom Painting

mushrooms

Because I was gone quite a bit in September and October, I ended up doing only one small painting of some mushrooms as well as the Jayden portrait.  I went back to the kitchen for a little 7×5 after the larger Idaho landscape.  I have a matching canvas to this one, but it will probably have to wait for the Christmas rush to be over before I get to it, as well as some more Idaho landscapes.  On the day I was coming home from Boise, I was contacted for a 5 house commission and am currently working on that.  Hooray for that.

Jayden’s portrait

Jayden’s portrait

After spending Jayden’s birthday with him, I decided that the next thing to do in the studio might be a portrait  of him.  As you might know, I rarely to portraits of people, but I thought this might be an exception.  I have done self portraits and a few of my kids with their pets, but that is about all.  I’ve never accepted a commission for one, even though I’ve been asked.  People are hard and while I can experiment on my own and have it wnd up in the circular file, I am not confident enough to accept outside work where someone is counting on it as a gift or remembrance.

I feel okay about this.  It’s not great, but it’s not too bad.  The mouth seems a bit off to me.  Sometimes that’s what happens.  I may try again next year around his birthday again.

Boise foothills finished

Boise foothills landscape

After about 4 sessions of painting, I am pretty well finished with the Boise painting. I’ll check again in a week or so and see what changes I think it needs, but I pretty happy with it so far.  At 16″x12″, this is the largest acrylic painting I have done in a very long time.  I tried to keep the style loose and concentrate on color rather than specific details.  For me, the heavy bodied paint works against minute brush strokes, even though I use a paint drying retardant and it thins it somewhat.  I’ll be ready to try my other big canvas with another Boise landscape soon.

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