Monday, July 26, 2010

House and garden





Recently my friend, Helen  Peacocke asked me to paint a 'portrait' of her house as it was going to be obscured by infill buildings on her neighbour's land. I offered the above two sketches for her to choose from. 



She asked for version 1 cropped to the top of the chimney and to just below the cats. She then described how she would like her pets included in the painting.





She liked the above drawing but 'Pythius' her companion dog asked to be slimmed down slightly.

The ratio of her chosen view is not a standard canvas size so I phoned Jackson's Art after getting confused by the measurement sizes for ordering in their catalogue.  I found 'Joe' to be very helpful and hopefully the canvas should arrive in a week's time. 

I plan in the next week to refine the drawing and print it onto watercolour paper for colour studies.  My printer uses 'DuraBrite' ink which is vastly expensive but as it is both water proof and light proof allows me to paint over the print with watercolour paints.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Graham said...

These look fabulous Lorna :)

1:03 pm  
Blogger keith marrison said...

I like the one based from up on the wall, it gives the picture an added dimension seeing the garden.
With the wall straight infornt it looks like the house has no garden!

10:33 pm  
Blogger Lorna said...

I agree with your observation Keith but portraits are always very personal to clients. Now Graham always gives such positive feed back!!:)

10:36 pm  
Blogger Revad said...

I particularly like the cats!

12:26 am  
Blogger Lorna said...

Thank you Revad. I see cats daily so they are easy to draw. The dog was difficult because I do not know him very well.

1:35 am  

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