The first 2021 commission

Vineyard pencil drawing
Inked up

My first commission of the year came two weekends ago. I had to work more quickly than usual because she wanted it by a certain date for framing and I was going out of town for a few days. Still, I got my visual days of rest between phases, even though I had two work sessions in a single day and it all worked out well.

It is not your typical portrait, being mostly landscape, but it is fun none the less. Lots of green foliage and not much building, but there will be red accents here and there to help the eye move around. I don’t normally have such a vista either, so it is somewhat of an experiment, too. All in all, it came out pretty well. I’m just glad it was only 10X8.

Nash

Nash the French bulldog

It took 5 sessions, but I finally finished Nash the French bulldog’s portrait.  He has a rather complicated pattern of coloring on his face, I guess to make up for the fact that his body is all white.  That raccoon mask gives him a rather distinguished look, don’t you think?  Anyway, he is off to his new home this week.

A surprise third commission.

Palm tree pencil

Inked

I often get a late request for a Christmas commission and this year was no exception. Sunday, December 8th, came and with it a inquiry if I could get something done for holiday delivery.  Fortunately it’s a smaller one with a simpler house.  All of that vegetation, though….   It took me longer to do the landscaping than the house itself!

First one finished

Watercolored commission

The first commission watercolor portrait is done.  I still would have preferred to feature the front door a bit more rather than the garage, but what is important to the client is important to me.  The birch trees must have some special attraction or meaning.  Not many flowers here, but the rest of the landscaping is in full fall bloom and helps liven the scene up with color.  I always feel I am guessing somewhat about what the color taupe really is. but I think this is pretty good.  The red shutters help the house from being too monochromatic.

The finished child’s portrait

Finished

I have finished my son’s portrait and after letting it set for a while, I am happy with it.  This drawing of him at two pretty much reflects his personality – happy and enthusiastic about his life.  I still have the hardest time with mouths when I paint people, but this one is turned out okay after multiple adjustments.

I don’t have enough confidence to sell commission portraits of people, but I have enjoyed doing the ones of my family.  I think I’ll stick to the architectural and pet portraits for my online etsy store.

The Waymire Building Finished

Watercolored Waymire

The Waymire Building is finished. While not as colorful as the previous Boise businesses, it is appealing none the less.  The red trim makes a nice accent to the white building.  The shop “Hyde & Seek” takes up much of the first floor and is filled to the brim with an eclectic variety of items.  We enjoyed wandering through and making a few purchases the last time we were there.

Next up is a local house portrait.It’s a lovely brick two story and it’s owner is moving away after many years of residence.

Waymire Building

Pencil drawing

All inked

After doing all of that abstract flow paint work because of the acrylic class I took, I decided to head back to Boise for some architectural subject matter.  I chose the Waymire building in the Hyde Park area of the North End.  Constructed in 1909, it was designed by John E. Tourtellotte who also designed the Idaho State Capitol building, St. John’s Catherdal in Boise and numerous other major buildings in Idaho.

The Waymire now houses a delightful little antique/speciaty shop named Hyde & Seek on the first floor.  Did you notice the wings that hang on either side of the doorway?  Fun and eclectic items abound inside the entrance.  We cetainly enjoyed our little excursion there and even bought a couple of small things to bring home.

Boise’s Central Fire Station

Pencil up

Completed inking

The Boise Central Fire Station was finished and occupied in 1903.  It was the first fire station in Boise to house full time paid fireman in the city.

This brick structure has been described as Romanesque due to the tower, the semi-circular windows, and the symetrical patterning.  The corbelling on the tower and above the second floor add a lot of visual interest.  I don’t normally like awnings, but they do dress up the windows here.  Watercolors will be a lovely orange/red color for the brick and the awnings a darker accent.

Something different

Circles

My eyes and mind needed a break from the ink linework and here it is.  I decided to do something that required little conscious thought and was more free form.  I started with drawing the larger circles and went down from there until the page was filled.  (Do you know hard it is to draw and then paint little circles?  LOL)

Once I decided on the color scheme, I again started with the larger circles.  I tried to just go with the flow and not think about much of anything.  It turned out to be a kind of a positive/negative space exercise only with colors and circles.  I am actually rather pleased with the result and have listed it in my etsy store.

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.

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