23 Apr 2017
Tags: animal art, beef calf, brown cows, calf painting, calf portrait, cattle farm, cows, farm art, pen and ink, Watercolors
Last fall I started to pencil up this sketch of three calves that lived across our road. They made a nice composition and fortunately are three different colors.
Holiday commissions and then a surprising six orders first of the year pushed this little drawing to the back of the line. Then I took a pen and ink break to do the fruit paintings because I needed to do something different for a bit.
02 Apr 2017
Tags: architectural art, architectural rendering, architecture, Art, commissioned art, home portrait, home portraits, house portrait, Illustration and Drawing, pen and ink, Watercolor painting, Watercolors
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.
30 Mar 2017
Tags: architectural art, architectural rendering, architecture, Art, home portraits, pen and ink, pen and ink art, watercolor, Watercolors
After the last 5 drawings, I can’t believe how quickly the inking went on this one. No curves, no offsets, and no complicated shadowing or landscaping meant it went pretty fast. Since the two main colors are gray and a rich yellow, I’ll have to add some reds and purples to the landscaping and parking area to enhance its appeal. I enlarged the shrubs and added some flower baskets to soften the porches, too. The building has some special meanings to the former owners and I would like to evoke fond memories for them.
23 Mar 2017
Tags: architectural art, architectural artwork, architectural rendering, architecture, Art, home portrait, home portraits, pen and ink, pen and ink art, pen and ink drawing
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.
15 Mar 2017
Tags: architectural art, architectural artwork, architectural rendering, architecture, Art, home portraits, pen and ink, pen and ink drawing
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.
12 Mar 2017
Tags: architectural art, architectural artwork, architectural rendering, architecture, Art, home portraits, house portrait, pen and ink, pen and ink art, pen and ink drawing
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.
08 Mar 2017
Tags: architectural art, architectural artwork, architectural rendering, architecture, Art, home portraits, pen and ink, wedding gift
Slow but sure
After 3 days of pencil up and 2 of inking, it’s going pretty slowly. I think it will probably take as long as one that I add watercolor to. It is easily as complicated as that first one, but somehow it feels less so as I work on it. Once again, I think I will work somewhat piecemeal. Most of the landscaping is in and I will probably pick an area and finish it out, except for the siding.