I think it’s finished now

All done

Here is another photo of the entryway after I worked on it today. I don’t know if you can see much difference because it is still a little washed out, but I added more shadowing and highlighted the door some with the colored pencil.  It also occurred to me today that I hadn’t addressed the changes on the right side in yesterday’s post either.  As you can see there is now a window there.  That came about in a rather funny way.  I was merrily inking in the shingles without a care in the world.  I had roughed in the horizontal pencil lines, not paying too much attention to where the edge of the picture was.  So of course, I went outside the margin lines when I started the inking.  Fortunately I saw my mistake before I had gone very far and I try to leave a little extra margin for adjustments.

It was only about 1/4″ over, but now the blank space was going to be too large for just some texture.  I mulled it over and decided to place part of a window there.  The real windows were some thin, slatted affair reminiscent of a 3 season porch which I couldn’t understand, so I decided to go with the diamond grids again.  I actually kind of like the composition better with the changes.

I’ve colored it in, mostly inside the lines

I pretty much finished up the drawing today. I think I’ll let it rest a day or two and then go back to make a few additions.


Almost colored in

The colors are a little washed out in the photo so I will also retake them later before I list it in my shop.  I did it outside and although the sun wasn’t overly bright, the limestone accent blocks are really much more textured, as is the foliage.  I don’t know what the problem is with the light today.  And now it is starting to rain, so I can’t take it back outside in the evening light.  Not complaining, mind you, as I will happily take a gentle soaking rain for quite some time.

I will play a little with the shadowing, especially on the lower left behind the flowers.I also need to texture the door finish a bit more.  It comes off as a little flat to me.  I did put in some yellow highlights, but the spray fixative kind of washed them out.  I may do it with the colored pencil and not respray as the pencil won’t smear like the pastel does.

Another neo-gothic

This morning started out again with a gentle, misty rain. The overnight temperatures are down in the 50’s so it feels cool and damp. I’m ready for the rain but not the cold yet. Summer ends this week and fall officially begins.  That would be okay if it were not the presage to winter. I’m just wishing for a milder, easier winter this year. I’ve had enough of cold, snow and ice to last me for a decade or so, thank you very much.

Pencil sketch

After fiddling with the aceos a little bit to get them ready for listing, I went through my reference photos and picked out another entryway. I especially liked the door in this one as well as the diamond grids in the windows. The brick mason was much more traditional with this home, but there is added interest in limestone block additions around the door and the lower areas of the facade. I haven’t put the stonework in yet but will probably do that after some of the inking is in. The varying sizes of the stonework is taxing on my eyes and I like to do it a little at a time.

I also liked the little false ironwork deck below the window.  I’m not sure it properly belongs with this style of house, but I found it rather pleasing and it does dress up the upper gable.  And if you look closely, there are gentle curves in the roof lines.  There is a little upsweep to the roof on the lower eave to the left and the upper roof curves somewhat on the right.  It is subtle and I hope I will be up to the task of making that visible.

I have added to and removed some of the landscaping around the door. Except for one rather unattractive and poorly placed spiky evergreen and a funky cherry tree, there was not much please the eye. The low groundcover all across the front needed some added punch, so I have put in some more shrubbery and colorful flowers.

Classic Architecture in Ohio

It’s been one of those mornings already. I try to get online but our DSL service is down for a while.  When I finally am able to get on, I space my blog password and the one I had written down in the super secret location was the original one – not what I had changed to more recently. Fortunately I did have the aha moment where it came to me. These “senior moments” can be quite annoying sometimes. It doesn’t help either that I am trying to juggle about 20 passwords among all of the computer sites.
Anyway, problems solved for now. And it was a good week in the studio once I got caught up from the weekend away. I managed to stretch and paint a sheet of watercolor paper and also cut it up into various tag sizes.  They look pretty nice and I may just leave some of them as abstract art tags.  I’ll let them sit for a few days and then decide. 

Classic architecture

I went to the big box store and had the photos from Ohio printed out.  I am pleased with the pictures and have selected a lineup of about six to do.  I only have 2 or 3 of each house, but since I am doing this on my own and not as commissioned work, I have a little more freedom to do what I want. I don’t have a picture of this whole house and it looks a little more neo-gothic than Tudor, but it might have had some Tudor details to it on other parts of the house.  I really like the decorative cap over the windows and the limestone detailing around the door and windows.  Some of these homes were built back in the day when real stone carving was used. This particular house also has real slate tile roofing.  The tiles are quite large and beautifully colored.  The roof support that their weight requires must be enormous.  Anyway, here is a peek at the early stages of inking.  It will have red brick siding and blueish slate tiles with limestone accents when it is finished.  I’m not quite happy with the landscaping to the left of the door yet, but I’ll see what I can do.