Finished home portrait

Pastel portrait

Due to the size of the portrait (14″x9″) and the fact that it is a brick house, I decided to go with the pastels this time around. The gloss fixative brightened everything up and the deeper contrasts helped make up for the lack of color in the landscaping.  There are some flower boxes on the porch, but I do wish that there was more foliage under the first floor windows.  This was a surprise gift from a business associate so I was unable to ask the owner what might have been there in the past and  add it in.  The person who commissioned it was happy, though, and interested in me doing a few more, so that is a great plus.  I reminded him that if any were to be a Christmas gifts, he shouldn’t wait until November because I might be busy already.  We laughed and I hope he heeds my advice.

 

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Home Portrait Commission

Home portrait

Inked

I received a local commission this month for a lovely two story brick house in the older section of Bloomington.  The woman was moving away from her long time residence to be closer to family and someone wanted to give her a nice memento of a home she had lived in for many decades.  It was a bit hard to get the pictures because it was to be a surprise, but stealth prevailed and we got the job done.

I wish there had been more colorful landscaping in the front, but I have the feeling she was no longer able to keep much up exotic landscaping.  There are nice flowers on the front porch, however, to add a little pop to the picture.  I also like the little wrought iron fence on top of the doorway and the curved railing.  They are fun little details and add visual interest.  I am coloring it with pastels instead of watercolor.  It was a larger size and I like doing brick with the pastels as it gives a richer color than the watercolors when the picture is bigger.

The Waymire Building Finished

Watercolored Waymire

The Waymire Building is finished. While not as colorful as the previous Boise businesses, it is appealing none the less.  The red trim makes a nice accent to the white building.  The shop “Hyde & Seek” takes up much of the first floor and is filled to the brim with an eclectic variety of items.  We enjoyed wandering through and making a few purchases the last time we were there.

Next up is a local house portrait.It’s a lovely brick two story and it’s owner is moving away after many years of residence.

Waymire Building

Pencil drawing

All inked

After doing all of that abstract flow paint work because of the acrylic class I took, I decided to head back to Boise for some architectural subject matter.  I chose the Waymire building in the Hyde Park area of the North End.  Constructed in 1909, it was designed by John E. Tourtellotte who also designed the Idaho State Capitol building, St. John’s Catherdal in Boise and numerous other major buildings in Idaho.

The Waymire now houses a delightful little antique/speciaty shop named Hyde & Seek on the first floor.  Did you notice the wings that hang on either side of the doorway?  Fun and eclectic items abound inside the entrance.  We cetainly enjoyed our little excursion there and even bought a couple of small things to bring home.

The Central Fire Station in Boise

Central Fire Station

After several sessions, the final watercolor for the Central Fire Station in Boise, Idaho, has been finished and it has listed in my etsy store.  The distinctive corbelled brick makes quite the statement for this corner building, don’t you think?.  The tower is pretty spectacular, too.  I believe the original signal bell is still hanging up there, although I can’t say how and when it might still be used.

The facade of the building is mostly the same since when it was opened in 1902. All of the upper story windows (sans the awnings of course) were there and the main entrance was on the right side even then.   The three fire bays had arched openings across the lower left.  If you google the station you can see wonderful old photos which have the fire crews and horse drawn fire trucks out in front.  With the signal bell clanging away, it must have been quite the spectacle to see them all charge out of the doors to head off to put out a fire.

Boise’s Central Fire Station

Pencil up

Completed inking

The Boise Central Fire Station was finished and occupied in 1903.  It was the first fire station in Boise to house full time paid fireman in the city.

This brick structure has been described as Romanesque due to the tower, the semi-circular windows, and the symetrical patterning.  The corbelling on the tower and above the second floor add a lot of visual interest.  I don’t normally like awnings, but they do dress up the windows here.  Watercolors will be a lovely orange/red color for the brick and the awnings a darker accent.

The Adelmann Building

Watercolored

I’m almost finished with the Adelmann Building in Boise, Idaho.  I’m not happy with the shadows on the lower right and the folded umbrella quite yet.  I just have this little niggling feeling that it needs a little something more.  Maybe I’ll see what it is after a couple of days.

Overall, I enjoyed working with the colors and architectural shapes in this one.  That red turret set against the painted brick is delightful.  Old town areas have the best architecture, don’t you think?  These days no one can afford to do buildings like this. Not much whimsey left in architecture any more, it seems.

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