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I'm especially happy with the color of the trees achieved in this house portrait. Tree color has been dull in NJ this year due to lack of rain and some unusually warm days in September and October… Continue reading… 0 comments

When I saw the photographs for this painting, I knew the landscaping around this house definitely needed improvement. I trimmed the shrubs and filled in any empty spaces between them. The topiary on the porch added an interesting detail as well. It's so much easier to create beautiful landscapes with a brush than actual gardening tools… Continue reading… 1 comment

Bright and cheerful house colors such as this yellow lift your mood. This home has great detail, and as with most of my paintings, the shrubs and flowers are lush and healthy. The flower boxes provide a great accent to the architecture… Continue reading… 0 comments


by kitchellstudio , September 8, 2012—12:00 AM

Topics: NEW JERSEY, house portraits, landscaping, studio, watercolor

This house with its three-car garage is representative of the style homes built in New Jersey in the last two decades: large homes built in larger developments. Not so bad, because the structures are all similar. I've even seen one house with a four-car garage. My personal preference? Small house (with space dedicated for an art studio, of course!) on a large piece of property. What's harder for me to understand is the tearing down of an existing home in a neighborhood and putting up a much larger one among the remaining small homes, usually with not much property left for enjoying the outdoors. The view is then "jarring" to the senses and, honestly, I'd prefer to see the larger homes on a large piece of land. All things in proportion… Continue reading… 0 comments

Like the first day of school or the first day of the New Year, each painting is a clean slate, another chance to create something unique. My house portraits usually begin the same way: I put in the larger areas of color first (sky, roof, lawn, background trees), tricking my mind into thinking a lot of progress is being made. The windows, shadows and house color come next. The final stages begin with landscaping; I simplify what's there, deciding what to leave in or remove. Large, distracting tres almost always are left out. If the tree is old and important to the painting I will let it stay, trimming back some branches or moving it to the side a little so the house remains dominant. Any bricks, shingles, siding or stones are painted… Continue reading… 0 comments

This watercolor needed an on-site visit with the realtor. Because it sits on a slope and the landscaping was overgrown, clear pictures weren't easy to accomplish. I made a few rough sketches to fill in detail that couldn't be photographed accurately. The landscaping was cleaned up, enhanced, and edited in the final painting. This was a 100 year old home waiting for the right buyer to see its potential and restore it to its former beauty… Continue reading… 0 comments