Final of three

Finished two story

This one made it by Christmas, too.  It was for the client’s grandmother and she was thrilled.  So many memories were held by that simple front porch, it seems.

In a funny mix-up, I got paid twice for the painting.  I shipped it to my client’s father for wrapping, but he thought the packing list was a bill and sent me a check for it!!  We all had a good laugh –  and then I shredded it.

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Christmas commission three

Pencil

Inked

Commission 3 was the largest at 14×11.  It also was an older family home with lots of memories.  The four chairs on the porch were for sitting in and having family time.  I changed the landscaping up a little for them, adding more shrubs and flowers, as well as a clematis vine up the left wall.  It’s funny sometimes, the things we remember and are important.

Christmas commission 2

Pencil drawing

Pen before the watercolor

December commission two was medium sized at 10×8, but it too needed to have the landscaping cut back some.  The two trees in front covered most of the upper story so I moved the right one over a bit and lessened the spread of the left one.  Also, that let me show the bench and woodpile on the left part of the porch.

Lots of grass blades here so while I waited on some questions being answered, I went ahead and started those little strokes that seem to take longer than the rest of the landscaping put together.  I don’t mind it though.  I find it’s kind of relaxing creating all that randomness.

Commission four

Pencil

Partial watercolor

For commissions four and five. I neglected to take the pen only photos.  Too busy to remember, I guess.  It was hard to keep it all straight sometimes as I just was trying to keep forging ahead.  Anyway, here is the pencil-up for four and its preliminary watercolor, too.  After they were all done, I think this one was my favorite.

Number three in the commission set

Pencil sketch

Here is number three of the commission set.  Somehow I erased the inking for this one, so all you’ll see is the pencil sketch this time around.  It has a stucco facade, lots of bright flowers in the front and a metal roof.  I’ll tell you now though, those white railings were hard to keep clean with all of the action in front and on the porch.  I’ll be posting all of the finished photos at the end so patience is required for now.

Second of the commission set

Pencil

Commission two is now ready for the watercolors.  This one had lots of interest with the flowerbeds and the raised porch. The client wanted a small wagon and some bent wood furniture to show through the  railings.  This is never easy as I usually have to try and keep the spindles a semblance of white against the darker porch area.

The commission house is complete

All done

I finished the last commission and it has arrived in its new home.  I neglected to take a final, final photo for some reason.  I guess I just forgot in the attempt to get it out and now it is too late.  This is pretty close though.  I had added more depth to the shadows and a bit more color to the landscaping and the little squirrel.  I forgot to add some color to his tail and just saw it.   My photography never looks as good as the real thing which is why I always hesitate to send the client much more than pencil previews.  Besides, that would ruin the wow factor I hope for when the package is opened.

Up next is Peiper the dog’s house mate Kurt, the cat.  The client liked the first pet portrait so much, he decided that Kurt needed his own.  He was described ans fat and surly, so I hope I can capture that.

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