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I freely admit I prefer painting snow to shoveling it. We experienced our first snow of the Winter during the weekend of January 23rd, with a total of over 24" here in Berkeley Heights. One week later at least half of that had melted due to warmer temperatures. February 1st had a high of 55 degrees. Mother Nature liked us for Christmas: 72 degrees Christmas Eve and 66 on Christmas Day… Continue reading… 0 comments

This watercolor was created for a neighbor (the owner of Creative Paving) who was a tremendous help with snow removal last Winter. He used one of his machines to remove snow and ice from my driveway, reducing my labor significantly. Thanks, Pete. House portraits are not limited to residences, but can include industrial buildings such as this one, schools, churches, railroad stations and public buildings… Continue reading… 0 comments

The bravado of youth! Maybe this young man has dreams of Olympic glory on the slopes. Cold, crisp Winter afternoons were the inspiration for my series of children's prints created from original watercolors. I'm sure the skiers out there are ecstatic over the amount of snow produced this Winter; not so the rest of us. Our shovels are worn and our spirit longs for Spring… Continue reading… 0 comments

POOLSIDE

by kitchellstudio , December 13, 2010—11:13 AM

Topics: Mexico, NEW JERSEY, gifts, house portraits, poolside, watercolor, winter

It is Winter here in New Jersey; we've been lucky with snowfall so far .... but it's been COLD ! I enjoyed doing this scene as a gift for a business executive in Chicago. It made the cold weather temporarily disappear. The painting hangs in his business office as a reminder of warm weather and relaxing days spent in Mexico. Two orders of notes were created from this painting and I understand it was because this executive didn't want to share with his business partner. I'm pleased with their appreciation of my work! House portraits are definitely a unique gift… Continue reading… 0 comments

This is an older house painted from very old photographs. I removed the people shoveling the driveway and tidied the snow on the stairs and sidewalk. Many times old photographs are all that are available; this is not a problem if vital details are clear. The photograph can be up-dated by notes supplied by the client so the result is a portrait as the home appears today. Other times, the look desired is the house as it was many years agao. Either idea will work well if the appropriate details are provided… Continue reading… 0 comments

SNOW DAY!

by kitchellstudio , February 11, 2010—12:51 PM

Topics: Prints, children, nature, snow, wall art, watercolor, winter

Snow day! School's out! A day for the local children to gather and race down the hill with their sleds. This is one of a series of children's snow scenes created in watercolor and reproduced as prints for wall art. The sleds in this print are different from the wood sleds with red metal runners ("flexible flyers" ... ?)of my youth ..… Continue reading… 0 comments

The only photograph the customer had was a snow scene without the decorations. With his instructions we were able to create a house fully decorated for Christmas. The completed watercolor made a memorable surprise gift for the customer's wife… Continue reading… 0 comments

SNOWMAN

by kitchellstudio , January 28, 2010—12:00 AM

Topics: NEW JERSEY, Prints, SNOW SCULPTURES, children, snow, wall art, watercolor, winter

A clear, cold Winter's day ... and the snow is just right for making a snowman (or snow-woman!). Growing up in northern New Jersey in the late 40's and early 50's, there was usually plenty of snow to build a snowman and dress it up with whatever was around at the time. Walking around my neighborhood after it's snowed these days I hardly ever see a snowman… Continue reading… 0 comments

WINTER SUNSET

by kitchellstudio , December 15, 2009—12:00 AM

Topics: Sunset, house portraits, snow, watercolor, winter

Just as I can remove snow from a photograph to show green lawn, doing a snow scene of a client's home can be a welcome change. The challenge is to show portions of the roof or walkway while keeping it essentially a "snowscape". After all, if the home has a beautiful slate roof it is important that this beauty be included. This is the only sunset house portrait I can recall painting and I found the result very satisfying. This painting would make an ideal Christmas card… Continue reading… 0 comments

SKI LESSON

by kitchellstudio , November 17, 2009—12:00 AM

Topics: Prints, nature, skiing, snow, wall art, winter

As a child I loved playing in the snow, but as the years went by (more quickly than I'd like to think about!) snow was no longer the fun it had been. I still appreciate clean, white snow and the effect it has on the landscape. Unfortunately, in my part of the world it too soon turns to gray, dirty slush. Of course, with the power of the paint brush we can change that quickly! This young girl is taking her first tentative steps on skis and once the basics are mastered, will learn to love being on the slopes. Skiing is a sport for young and old and one I've never tried ... guess I'm too much of a chicken… Continue reading… 0 comments

This painting was done for a family that was moving out of New Jersey. Their young child was very attached to the small red oak (shown at right in the painting) and was upset to leave the tree behind. The photo submitted did not show foliage but the client let me know this particular tree was important and it was a red oak ... no problem to add the tree's proper coloring. The same idea holds true when submitting photographs taken in the winter when there are no leaves on the trees or flowers in bloom. As long as I know if a tree is a pink cherry or if the homeowner plants red begonias in the summer, these items can be included. One of my biggest kicks is making a gray winter sky turn blue ...… Continue reading… 0 comments