Portrait number three finished

Pastels finished

Do I even know what a peachy mauve color is?  When I got the photos of this house, it was obvious that they had been taken at different seasons and in different light conditions.  In one set the house had a reddish/mauve tint, but in the other it was more pumpkin orange.  A rather large difference.  I asked for clarification and, along with some new photos, I got the word that the house could be described as a peachy mauve, with blue trim and peach spindles.  And could I make the foliage indicate the summer.

So, what did I do?  I went for the mauve first and then put peach colored pencil over the top after I sprayed on the fixative.  Evidently, I came close because everyone was happy when I delivered it.  It is a cute little house, isn’t it.  Like so many other times, I wish I could see inside.

I’m back from vacation and back to work

New commission

New commission

What happens when you try to go on a little vacation in the dead of winter after the Christmas holidays?  That’s when someone decides that she needs a commission piece done for a February birthday gift. Right in the middle an out of town trip to visit family, I got a request for an 8×10 architectural watercolor and a few days before I returned the etsy listing was purchased.  So there I am, happy to have a job to come back to, when the woman who has had me draw wedding venues as gifts the last couple of years contacts me about doing four 8×10 pen and inks for her.  So I am back in the studio and booked for February.  Yippee.

This first one has quite lovely landscaping, with irises and peonies flanking the pebbled concrete stairs.  The facade is various sized rough stone work with an archway over the front door.  I think it’s going to be quite lovely when it’s done.

Pretty greens and blues in Jasper 2

Jasper 2

Jasper 2

Even though I worked on this streetscape over several days, I had a hard time with the green for some reason. The color would not lay evenly and even slicked up and separated some yellow out.  I don’t think I ever used this particular color so thickly and I am not sure I like the way it performed.  The color is interesting though and makes quite a statement.  Looking at it after some days remove, I think I need to rework the area at the left corner, under the overhang.  It looks slightly wonky to me and I think a small adjustment with the pen will fix it.  I still like all of the vivid colors that the store owners have chosen.

Lion

Lion

Now, here are two older pieces for the challenge.  I looked at quite a few of my older works and I have used far more of them in the early days than I thought I did.  I selected several and looked back to see if I had published them before and unfortunately I have used most of what I had.  Still, here are two more.

California creamery

California creamery

I saw Mr. Lion at a zoo and I took the photo for the creamery while I was at a family wedding in northern California.  The creamery photo is under glass already so the colors are not precisely true.

Starting the color on Jasper

Jasper streetscape

Jasper streetscape

I’ve started the watercolors on the second Jasper streetscape. I need to let it dry totally before I add more depth and shading tomorrow. How do you like these colors? Jasper’s town square is a pretty lively colored place.  I really like the bold green and blue accents. This should be a nice companion to the last one when it is finished.

Florida commission

Florida commission

Last week, Tim Livingston (whose blog is linked on my blog roll) asked me to join an art challenge of posting 3 pieces every day for 5 days.  I can’t quite manage every day but here are two older pieces.  Part of the problem is that 4+ years ago when I started this blog (I can hardly believe it has been that long), I posted a lot of my older pieces to get me by until I knew were I was going with it.  I have had to dig around and take some new photos as well as go through some earlier photographs. I came across this Florida pen and ink commission which I have always liked.

Father and daughter

Father and daughter

And lastly for today, there is this one.  I rarely do people, but I did this of John and our daughter a few months after she was born.  For obvious reasons, it is one of my favorite pieces.  And it’s not too bad either.

More to come with my next post.

Finished my bout of modern medicine and am totally ready for spring.

Well, at last I feel fine. I calculated that it has been 7 weeks since the start of my illness, even though at the time I had no idea what was really happening and thought that  a few days of antibiotics would be all that was needed. Little did I know that in the ensuing weeks, I would see way more of modern medicine than I ever hope to see again. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad it was available, but I have just had my quota for the forseeable future, thank you.

Anyway, I did manage to finish my latest picture earlier this week. It took three weeks instead of the usual 4-7 days.  This one has a little bit different color combination than some of the others.  It’s amazing what some of the smaller towns come up with for the colors of the main street.  I really like the boldness of the choices.  You can tell where every different proprietor is, just by following the changes in architecture or paint all the way down the street.  Who says midwesterners are staid and stodgy.  You’d never know it by the colors on the buildings.  It is really a bit of unexpected eye candy in southern Indiana.

I used the pen and ink base once again and then layed a base of pastel.  When I got most of the color I wanted, I added in some colored pencil and popped the color with the fixative.  No watercolor this time in the overlay.  I felt that the pencil gave me the detail I wanted this time around.

Southern Indiana Main Street