Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A House Portrait

What a thoughtful gift! A friend wanted to give a house portrait to his wife as this was the first house they bought together. So fun! Here is the result.

What I loved about painting this house was how I painted the brick. Before starting, I felt the need to paint every individual brick. But that's not necessary at all and may even look pretty funny if done that way. So, instead I did an overall color on the background and came back in with several bricks in darker variations. You can tell it's a brick house without being hit over the head with that fact.

Another part that was fun for me here was painting the crepe myrtle trees. Watercolor is so fun and you never know where it's going at first. I did a wet into wet technique here by dropping in the wet color of the flowers into the wet paint of the leaves. I think it gives a dreamy effect.

What do you think?

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