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Mary Ann Kitchell Art Blog


by kitchellstudio , April 30, 2012—12:00 AM

Topics: PAINTING TECHINQUE, house portraits, landscaping, watercolor

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. All details are sharpened and colors checked before the work is signed.



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