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.

Final of four

Final of four

On to the last one.  I thought it would be pretty quick work, but it seems it will take almost as long as the two harder ones. There are a lot of windows and chimneys in there.  It is too bad that the entryway is obscured by the landscaping.  I bet the porte cochere is really nice and the doorway is extravagant.  I guess I’ll never know as there are no more pictures to be had.  I’m glad the one I got was large enough that I could make my own closeups.  Rather than make a mass of grass down in the front, I also am going to just curve it.  I will balance the date with the shrub on the lower right.

All done

All done

After nine days of work, a short cut to the final inking on this one.  It was pretty complicated, but fairly straight forward.   No arched, pointed windows and openings to slow me down like that first one.  Just squares, rectangles and plain old siding.  Can you imagine having your wedding here?  It seems like it would be an elegant place inside, with southern hospitality, airy rooms, and cool drinks.

Back to complicated

Pencil up

Pencil up

On to gift number three and back to a commercial wedding venue.  This one is more complicated than that first one. It didn’t seem so when I first looked at all of the the photos, but it certainly has turned out to be that way.  Once again,  I limited the pre-drawing a bit. There is so much going on that it is too easy to get lost in the details before I really need them. It can actually get intimidating with a drawing that has so much going on.  After inking the big palm trees, I will again work piecemeal in shorter sessions and finish one section at a time.  And hope my eyes and brain don’t get too crossed.

Next one up

A simple ranch

A simple ranch

I opted to take the simplest one of the remaining three to do next. My eyes and brain need the rest. LOL  It would appear that this was a wedding at someone’s residence.  The house has white siding, asphalt shingles and a massive stone fireplace.  It’s not quite as exotic as the last one, but it is lovely in its own way.  I will enjoy all of that lush landscaping, too.

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.

Inking is finished

Almost all inked up

Almost all inked up

The inking is finished, including for the house.  She got back with me concerning which of the two back porches was correct.  As I suspected, it was the screened in version versus just a railing, but I did want to put in the right one.  Notice the two little cows in the field?  They definitely are on the sketchy side, but it was hard to do more than just indicate them because of the distance away.

I worked hard on the positive/negative balance and I think it came out okay.  All of that grass had to ground the middle strip with the trees and buildings.  If I made the middle section too dark, the grasses would not be able to hold it down and the treed hills would float too much.  If I made the grasses too dark, it would all meld into one and be harder to distinguish the two areas.

This one will be colored with the hard pastels, for a change.  With such a long expanse of 18″ by almost 7″ and all of the greenery, I felt that the richness of the pastels would work better than watercolors.  The gloss fixative I use really pops the colors of the pastels and adds a depth that I find harder to do with watercolors, at least at this point in my artistic endeavors.

Next post it will be all colored up.

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