Christmas commission three



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.


Final of 2

All done

The watercolor of number two was sky blue and white.  I ended up adding some flowers in the front for a little pop of color.  This was a well timed gift.  The parents closed on selling their longtime home on December 23 and their adult children were able to give this to them on Christmas day.  I am so glad it worked out that way.  USPS really came through for me this holiday season.

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.

final of one

Number one all done

This two story commission was more difficult than an 8×6 should be, but it turned out well.  After a few more (of not exactly what I needed) pictures and consulting with my builder husband, I managed to figure out that inner corner between the house and garage.  I never had a clear picture of it, but we deduced that the eaves turned the corner and indeed met up with the main house wall.  I’m glad we spent the time figuring it out.  At first blush, it didn’t seem that way and I would have had the eaves stop beforehand.  A telltale downspout cleared it up.

I wasn’t sure it would make it by Christmas when she ordered, but USPS came through on time and delivered it with a week to spare.

Christmas commission one

Pencil up


Happy New Year to all!!  After the set of five commissions was completed, I started on the first of the Christmas orders.  In the middle of working on the larger set, I started to get inquiries on what I might be able to get done by Christmas.

This was a little 7×5 that didn’t take very long.  The biggest problem was that the major photo I had to work from had the garage and the inner corner at the left totally blocked.  After a little back and forth, I managed to work out all of the eave placements and heights.  I also trimmed back the greenery and added some flowers.  In the end, the client was so pleased about her gift that she said she was going to have me draw her own house as a gift for her husband’s birthday.  A project to look forward to later this winter.

All five, finished

Florida 1

Florida 2


South Carolina

Florida 3

All the portraits are done and were in the hands of the buyer well before Christmas. I received a photo of them framed and hung at the base of her stairway, where they can be viewed daily. The 8×10 with frame was the perfect size for the area and they look great, if I do say so myself.

While very fun to do, each portrait had its own difficulties attached, not the least of which was color. The Floridas 2 and 3 and the South Carolina house were related to me as muddy taupe, but the photos showed mostly a pinkish tone to everything.  And what the heck is taupe anyway?  I should have asked her to go to one of the big box home improvement stores and pick out a paint chip, but, alas, I thought of that too late. Fortunately, my guesses must have been okay because the buyer was pleased.

Florida 1 had a mixture of landscaping and paint combinations that varied in the reference photos, so I had to find out what was apropos for when she lived there.

The Georgia house had lots of flowers (potted and otherwise) and bentwood porch furniture to add.  The house color was to be a brownish yellow, but the flowers were to be the special feature.

All in all, it was the largest commission I have ever done, but it was well worth all of the difficulty and hard work.  When the buyer saw the pictures she cried with pleasure.  It’s one of the reasons I love my work.

The last commission


Preliminary watercolo

I forgot to photograph commission five, too, so here is the pencil-up and the initial watercolor wash. This was the hardest one to do.  All they had for me were two aerial photos of the actual house and a frontal shot of a similar one that had a courtyard only as wide as the doorway.  I had to cobble together a wider entryway with different ladscaping and it wasn’t easy.  But she liked it so that is all that matters.

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