It’s off to California

California cabin

California cabin

I finished the little California cabin and it’s in the mail today. I am pretty pleased with the way the portrait turned out. The house seems to be a cozy place that the owners have put a lot of love into.  The trellis, climbing bougainvillea, and those cute yellow chairs are wonderful additions to the curbside appeal as well as the livability of the house.  They certainly add color and interest to a very simple house.  The recycled siding adds an aged look to a modern remodel.  The owners have worked hard to change a small, one room building into the lovely home of their dreams with thoughtful additions and landscaping.

I am already at work on the next Christmas gift portrait and expect to get another order very soon.  It is getting closer to the holiday season and I am always happy when people are proactive about their order request.  I hate turning someone down because it is too late to get it out in time.

California cabin commission

A California cabin

A California cabin

Just when I went back to the Jasper streetscape, I got a surprise Christmas commission. Not that I am complaining of course, but usually people contact me first, asking lots of questions about me and my process before they purchase. This one just appeared in my Etsys sales as a nice surprise.  I guess she just liked my samples and feedback and didn’t feel the need for reassurances.

I was able to start pretty quickly after she sent the pictures and this is the result.  It was a small one room structure that they have added onto and made into a full time residence.  Its simple design will be enhanced with the trellis and accompanying bougainvillea vines as well as bright yellow chairs on the patio. The siding is weather boards, either gray with brown undertones or brown with gray undertones.  I’ll have to get that clear before starting the watercolors.  The furniture and flowers will have to provide the colors for this one.