I’ve been so good in waiting to share this with you! Another “storybook” style painting, a commission! It was an x-mas present to the subjects in it so I’ve had to keep it a secret since I finished it in November. November! Do you know how hard that is?!
This commission came about from the Lindsay’s painting, the last “storybook” style I did. A friend of Lindsays saw it on FB and had to have it for her family.
This new commission involved the scenario of a couple on the porch with their dog as a major part of the composition and all their favorite interests around them. Every little detail was discussed during a good long talk over coffee. This couple loves gardening, had a model A at one time – I think, he enjoys fishing or used to have a small boat, they keep a candle in every window, and they enjoy hanging out on the porch on their rocking chairs; these paintings are so much fun to collaborate on. It was established that we needed certain plants that had a sentimental significance, gardening references and lots Americana folk art. The client sent me a bunch of secretly acquired photos of the actual porch and I was able to incorporate much of the decorations and characteristics of the porch. Here’s a few of the pictures I worked from:
|I wanted to have stars throughout to represent that American Folk art. This was adorable and I used my own version of it as a birdhouse. I now see it’s a candle holder.|
|The perfect model A reference photo, except it was backwards so I flipped it around.|
|Clock, and a bunch of dried flowers in a distinct shape|
|A great example of a folk art star, we had to get that in there.|
I figured out in my head the angle and composition that I wanted to have to bring the right focus but I didn’t have the right photo references. If you notice how the stairs go out at a 45 degree angle on the original porch I couldn’t construct the perspective in my head. I wanted to be looking down the porch so you could see the wall of the house and the railings but I also wanted the dog running down the steps in the foreground.
|porch, the setting for the whole painting|
|This was about the best photo I had to depict the view I wanted to have from the porch|
|What I e-mailed to my client for final approval|
|a detail for the drawing. The figures are the most important part of course.|
|Starting with the colors I was most certain about, trying to balance the values.|
|The final watercolor! Next and last step is to outline in india ink|
Poor Bob, he’s a young enough looking guy but with one over dramatic swipe of my ink pen I made his face a little puffy. It took some shading to try to fix it. This is as good as it got. I hope he doesn’t mind.
|Hydrangeas, the birdhouse, the plaque some lazy eye susans. so sweet. Is it hard to tell what’s behind the wooden bucket of blue flowers? It’s a raised dog food and water bowl.|