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When clear pictures are received I begin with a rough sketch, followed by this more detailed one. I've straightened lines, added or deleted details as needed. An indication of shadows is included, as this will be my "working" sketch to be transferred to Arches watercolor paper… Continue reading… 0 comments

Painting house portraits is like putting a puzzle together. How many rooms are there; how large are they? What is the shape of the roof? How do the doors, windows, and other details fit together to create the overall design? I start with a preliminary sketch which is like a road map telling you where you're going and why ... that shadow is on the left because the sun shines from the right. The house is the star of the painting, the landscaping the supporting cast to enhance the building. The goal of my painting is to create an inviting look that makes you want to step right up to the front door. And, of course, my flowers always bloom brightly; the shrubs are full, and the grass clean and green… Continue reading… 0 comments