Akron, watercolored

Watercolored

Watercolored

I worked over the course of three sessions to lay down the watercolors on this one. First day puts down the basics, but not too much. The next session, I put down the majority of the color and stopped before overdoing it. The last session was short, adding depth and shading.  I added a bit more ink to the flowers and a few spots of brickwork that I forgot.  I like the change to the slate shingles.  The flat orangey asphalt ones didn’t do much for me and the slate gives the house a more stately look.  I’ll let it sit for a few days but I think it is about done.

I need to have a few more complete watercolor home portraits to add a listing to my etsy shop in addition to the pastels portraits.  So next up, I think I will redo my own house with the watercolors.  I never liked the way it turned out when I did it with the pastels, so maybe I will with the watercolors.   It’s not quite so grand as this one, but we like it.

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Akron Tudor inked

Inked Akron

Inked Akron

I inked up the little drawing and I think it turned out pretty well. I wasn’t sure how much detail I would be able to show because the picture is only 10 x 7 which is small for such a large house. Still, it’s good to experiment, just in case I would get a contract for something similar.  The brickwork was interesting and therefore complicated.  There were lots of diagonals inside the timber work and a pretty elaborate pattern on the fireplace flue.  The roof has some interesting curves too.  The edges of the main gable are quite upturned.  The lower eaves also have a gentle upswing.  All in all, with the steep pitch of the roof line, it is quite an elegant house.  The only thing I really changed was the shingles. They were just plain, flat asphalt shingles, not even dimensional ones, so I made them into slate.  Artist’s privilege and the house deserves better.

I am going to use the watercolors here.  I am thinking of putting that in as an option for my home portrait commission work so I do need some samples.

No berry picking today.  We got 2.6″ of rain over night and everything is wet, wet, wet.

Akron estate

Akron estate

Akron estate

As you might have guessed by my absence, blackberry season has started. Along with the continual garden weeding, I have been spending a lot of time outside.

In any case, I have been undecided for a while on what to do next.  There have been plenty of distractions lately, but I did need to pick something.  I went through my photos and nothing quite jumped out at me.  I did want another architectural so I looked again and chose this one.   At first I wanted to crop to the entryway area, but I couldn’t find a good view, no matter what I tried.  So instead I am drawing the whole thing.  I still kept it small – about  10″x6″.   I will probably color it with the watercolors just for practice.  It will be interesting to see how such a large house turns out in such a small drawing.

Some coloring done

Half way colored

Half way colored

It has been one of those weeks and I didn’t have much chance to work on the architectural. I managed to get some time in this weekend and laid out the basic color palette.  This one has a bit more brownish brick than many of the previous ones, but it contrasts well with timber work on the gables.  The fancy brick patterns ended up being fun to do and added a lot to the overall look of the house.  I like the balance of the greenery thus far, so next sitting I will enrich the colors and shading.  Then I will add the spray and see what happens and what touch-ups need to be made.  I will probably redefine the ink work in some areas also.

The colors are still on the dull side of course because I haven’t sprayed it yet and also I had to take the picture inside under the lights.  It is snowing.  Again. Possibly a big snow.  Will this winter never end?

Finished inking

All inked up

All inked up

I’ve finished the vast majority of the inking today.  I rather enjoyed putting in the gable brickwork, once I figured out a system to lay down the patterns.  I really would like to have talked with the masons who installed the brickwork in this area.  There are so many creative variations  and it was probably not thought of as unusual at the time.  I guess it is too expensive for most houses these days.

All in all, I am pleased with it at this stage.  The pastel will be a bit more brown than red and the limestone accents will be gray of course. I think the crenelated deck turned out okay and I will define it more with the shading.  I also like the shape of the double chimney.  I am rather surprised that the house didn’t have more of them but at least it adds visual interest to the left side of the house.

Inking starts with the landscaping

Inking start

Inking start

I had a few hours to start inking the latest architectural so, as usual, I started with the front landscaping.  I think it helps me organize and define what I want to do.  I tend to work front to back with the plantings and then move to the windows and door. Lastly, I will put in the brick and the slate roof.

I have simplified and organized what was in the yard, taking out a front fence and adding a few more flowers and shrubs.  It is shaping up well and actually progressing fairly quickly.  I know I have to add depth to the fir tree on the left.  I just wanted to start defining its basic shape at this point.  I’ll probably work on the bay window and timber work next.

 

April showers in March

At last we are getting rain instead of snow. A gray day today, but that is fine with me.  The temperatures were in the 60’s yesterday so spring is on the horizon.

A grand house

A grand house

I have been looking at working with this set of photos for a quite a while, but have been slightly intimidated by the deck behind the crenelations.  I need to define its presence to separate the fore structure from the large window and the perspective works against it. I decided to just dive in and let the shading handle it.

The soft brownish brick has accents of limestone surrounding the windows and door.  The whole left gable has zig-zaggy brick for added visual interest.  The bay window is a weathered copper and the roof, as would be expected in a home this elegant, is slate.  The pencil up is mostly finished and I will start the inking today.  Sorry about the paleness of the photo, but the pencil never shows well on the very white board.

This one doesn’t feel quite like a true Tudor to me because the timber work  looks somewhat like an afterthought, but I rather like it anyway.

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