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Mary Ann Kitchell Art Blog


by kitchellstudio , May 11, 2009—04:45 PM

Topics: anniversary, gifts, house portraits, old photographs, painted on commission, watercolor

My main goal when painting a house portrait is to have the viewer feel they can walk right up to the front door and go inside ... that familiar feeling when you pull into the driveway and know that you're "home".

When doing a painting for an anniversary gift I may be given photographs of the house as it is currently. The client then asks me to paint the house as it used to be. This can be accomplished easily based on details provided by the client from their childhood memories of living in the house. These notes may be accompanied by old photographs.

If I have been successful in capturing a memory, this is the type of portrait that brings on "happy tears" from both the client and recipients.



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