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Mary Ann Kitchell Art Blog


by kitchellstudio , March 11, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: buildings, house portraits, watercolors

One of my greatest joys is to take a house photograph that has bare tree limbs and gray skies and turn it into the ideal Spring day, complete with blue skies, lightly greened trees, and flowering plants. And it's much easier to eliminate snow from a photo than to shovel it from your sidewalk!!

I believe many times a house photographs better on a cloudy day, as the shadows are not so dark as to eliminate detail, and the colors are more true to life. I've worked with many "bad" photo's and find that most times my clients feel I've created a special painting for them. If someone can describe or identify the bushes or plants I can include color in the portrait that doesn't show in the photo.

Painting a house portrait 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 ... the shadows are on the left because the sun shines from the right.

May all your days be sunny ones!!



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