House Portrait : the painting commenced

The house portrait so far

Still in early stages, the painting appears to be coming out of the mist

The drawing is done and some colour has been applied. Cobalt blue sky and raw sienna as a base for nearly everything else. Some very pale and distant trees, and guidelines for shadows I have put in along the side to the left.

As far as the house is concerned I have put in shadows in blue which has managed to build up the general form of the building. The house at the back I have formed in brown and blue.

The car port, I have done more work on, with the final roof colour and the skylights. The furniture store in front of the car port makes the grouping ambiguous. I wish now I had insisted on just the car port but I didn’t so I am stuck with it. This will require some thought

Before strengthening the brick colour, I have put in the wisteria and the virginia creeper, as I shall have to paint round them

Very easy to lose heart in this stage of the painting, but the painting must be finished so I carry on. In fact since writing this I have put a coat of Burnt Sienna on the brickwork and already the house is starting to move towards me

That’s all I can say at the moment

2 thoughts on “House Portrait : the painting commenced

  1. Well, I don’t know why you might lose heart, this is coming on nicely. Maybe that’s the nature of commissions, someone else has chosen the composition/subject matter and you have to work with that and it can be challenging, I know.

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  2. Thank you Emma
    yes that puts it well. I still get nervous with commissions, as I am doing the painting the way someone else wants it done, so no room for expression. I did have some input into the composition though so something of me might come through.
    This is a nice subject and no excuse for it not looking good

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