The barn, watercolored

The watercolor barn

The watercolor barn

I must say, I do like the way this turned out. I was a bit hesitant to start the watercolor process because I haven’t done anything quite like it in a long time, but I think I did okay with it.  After staring at it for a little while, I finally just picked up the brush and threw on the paint.  I started with some greens and yellows for the trees and grass.  After I had a base for the foliage on I went to the barn. The gray siding was quite intimidating but I kept layering it.  I let it sit for a day and then added more greens, yellows, and umbers.  All in all, it took 3 days to finish.  Then I forced myself to stop because I was starting to fiddle too much.

According to the owner, the siding was made from chestnut boards and you could still see a bit of orange coloring peeking through the gray in her photos.  It adds a nice bit of contrast to the mostly weathered boards.  The barn was built over a stone foundation and I’ll bet that the stone was locally quarried or even found in the fields as they were cleared.  I am sure it has seen its share of history.  I wonder how many animals have made their home in those stalls.

Oh, and the buyer got it in the mail just yesterday and she likes it too.

Commissions’ pencil work

I thought the two pencil ups for the commissions would be good to see.  I had to be out of town again last week but was able to get this part finished for both before I left.

Cottage drawing

Cottage drawing

I am pretty pleased with this smaller one so far.  It is only 10×8 but the pencil drawing is fairly detailed and took quite a bit of time.  I had to add in most of the deck steps as they were cut off in the picture.  It is nicely wooded and I wanted to nestle the cottage in the foliage.  The porch is screened in rather than glassed which will be a little bit different texturally.  It is only pen and ink so I should be able to finish it pretty quickly.

Barn drawing

Barn drawing

The barn drawing is somewhat larger – 14×10.  Someone liked the stone barn drawings in my etsy shop and wanted her barn drawn so here I am.  It is not as complicated as the cottage, but has its own unique peculiarities.  The foundation is field stone and the upper is faded chestnut boards.  The barn is surrounded by fenced in pastures and the lower part has five stall openings underneath.  She wants it watercolored like the shop barns so that will be a bit different than most of my architectural work.  I should have a large portion of the smaller one done today and maybe even finished on Monday.  the barn will take a bit longer.