New home portrait for Boise Idaho has been mailed

Finished

My second home portrait Christmas commission is finished and gone.  As it was a new build, I enlarged the landscaping and greened up the grass to help it settle into the landscape.  It was kind of fun to do a portrait from a far away place that I had actually visited near.

I did hear from the client that it safely arrived and that she was delighted.  I had wrapped it so that she couldn’t see it directly on opening the shipping box and she said it was like her own Christmas!  So happy she is happy.

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Boise home commission

Little house in the foothills

Inked in

Shortly after I received the OPO commission, a second Christmas house commission popped up.   Unbeknownst to this client at the time, I have a personal connection to Boise, Idaho, where this home was just built. As some of you may know, my son and his family moved out there last year for a new job and we have visited them several times already.  It was fun to draw this home located in the foothills of Boise which I have hiked in ever so briefly while I was there.

Since it was a new build, the client was able to get me the paint chip number for the siding paint.  It was much easier to get the color on the exterior right with that reference as the colors in a photograph are not always true.  Watercolor next.

All colored in

OPO final

I finished this commission last week and I must admit it was one of the more difficult ones.  It was on the smaller side at 10×8, but there was a lot of detail packed in there. Between the stone accents, the offsets, the brick, and the grand staircase/entryway, the facade was quite complicated.

And then there was the truck.  Having never drawn a vehicle before, I approached it with trepidation.  Plus it was such a prominent feature that held some importance to the client and the building owner as the gift recipient, I almost felt more pressure getting the truck right than the building itself!  LOL  As such a bright color, it could easily have overpowered the large building behind.

Still, I am happy at how it turned out – as is the client, which is the most important thing.

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.

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.

The Adelmann Building, Inked

Adelmann Building

If I thought the Adelmann Building would be a lot easier than the Egyptian Theatre, I was mistaken.  While not quite so intricately ornate, the Adelmann has its own quirks and embellishments.  The drawing and inking took far longer than I expected, although not quite as much as the Theatre.  I decided to remove the wooden picnic tables in front and replace them with an umbrella table that had been there in previous years.  I don’t have anything against the rustic tables currently there, but I think that this building is a bit more elegant than that.

The drawing is finally ready for watercoloring and I hope this phase goes a bit more according to schedule.  I think you’ll like the colors.

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