Almost inked storefront

Inked shop front

The inking has almost been finished on the Jasper store front.  I just have the signage and the left background to do.  I am looking forward to using the watercolors on this one.  It has red brick with white brick patterned in across the top and under the windows.  Once again, the trim will be a light green and yellow but a band of painted brick also carries across the top.  I wonder if the shops here got together and coordinated the color schemes.

All of these details will be harder to paint, but it will make this shop streetscape unique.  Once it’s done, it will go into my etsy store.  Two of my Jasper drawings have been sold, so it appears that some townspeople appreciate their lovely town square as much as I do.

The last one done

watercolored

The triplex finished and off to its new home.  Since this was pretty monochromatic, I added color in the landscaping with the flowers, echoing the yellow doors.  I added some reds and mauves in the shrubs and trees as well as the shadows.  For a simple structure, it came put pretty well.

I think I am going to use my acrylics next and paint some small fruit pieces.  After seven weeks of architectural commission work, I need a change of pace.  I’ll put them into my etsy store when I’m finished.  I haven’t added anything new since well before Christmas due to the portrait work (not that I am complaining) and I need to.

The wedding commissions are finished

Finally finished

The last of the wedding portraits is finished and all are in the mail.  After over a month of steady work, the entire commission is done.  With so many portraits scheduled in a row, I found that working about 2 hours a day kept the creative juices flowing but not staled, especially towards the end.  All four proved to have their own set of challenges,

For this one, because the house was so long and linear, I decided to curve the lawn in front to add some softness.  I rather like the effect now that it’s done.

Finally finished

It's finally done

It’s finally done

After 8 days of work, this one is finally done. For a pen only architectural, this took a lot of time. Way more than usual.   From the pointed arches atop the windows to the spires on top of the railings, it seemed as though everywhere I looked there was some little detail that needed to be addressed.  Still, I am pleased with the way it turned out.  I saved the patterned corner area for last.  I wanted to make sure that its angles looked good with the rest of the details and it was going to be easy to mess that up.  I must have drawn and redrawn them in pencil half a dozen times before I was confident enough to finally use the ink.

The next one up will be easier on my eyes and brain.  It is pretty straight forward as it is an house entryway with lots of landscaping.

First of four pen and ink wedding gifts

Pencil

Pencil

This is a complicated one.  The pencil up took two long sessions and a lot of detail is still left out. I had to quit working each time because my eyes were crossed and my brain fried.  There are so many details here, it is mind boggling.  I can’t even imagine structure like this being built today.  Still, I will enjoy the challenge of making this special memory for the recipient.

After I do the palm trees and grass, I think I will work a building section at a time. Usually after the plantings, I move in to work on all of the windows, but this is so detailed that I will try to mostly complete a smaller area except for the facade surface detail.  Even though there will be no color, I bet it takes just as long.

We saw something very interesting yesterday afternoon when  we were almost home after buying some supplies to fix a leaky water line from Lowe’s.  Up ahead of us on the side of the road, I saw a large black and white bird.  My first thought was that it might be a pileated woodpecker.  However, as we got closer, we both saw it was an adult bald eagle!!!  We couldn’t see what it was trying to feed on at the edge of the road, but as we approached, it rose slowly into the air and flew off into the trees on the other side and out of view.  Almost made the leaky water line worth it.

Back to Jasper

Back to Jasper

Back to Jasper

After all of the holiday work, I have returned to doing some of my own for listing in my etsy store.  This piece has sat half finished since sometime last fall and I decided I should go ahead and finish it. Two of the three streetscapes I painted of the unique shops in Jasper have sold already so this is a logical choice.  I may have to dig out my pictures of other small Indiana town main streets to work from. There is obviously pride of place here.

All of the decorative brick work took some time, but it is finished now and time for the watercolors.

A brick ranch commission

Brick ranch

Brick ranch

Last week I got a nice surprise – a portrait commission from a Virginia realtor.  Fortunately, it didn’t need to have Christmas delivery so I can working at my regular pace and still get myself ready for the imminent holidays.

It is a nice brick ranch house with a variety of roof lines and some pretty window details.  The corners have a single raised brick line every 5 courses or so.  At first I thought it was a square quoin, but on much closer inspection (and an emailed question), it turned out to be just one row at a time.  I’ve not seen that particular brick corner detail before and my eyes kept wanting to make more of it.

The portrait’s coming along so far.  There are quite a few architectural details here for an 8×6 drawing, but that just makes it interesting.

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