We’re beginning on a new collaboration today. My collectors have a vacation home in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. Lesli would like to be able to enjoy the view from the deck at the lake house every day in their “city” home.
After she pondered the sketch and we visiting a bit Lesli decided to change the flowers to some more colorful, Texas natives. As she said, “I feel like I’m a zone 8 plant and just don’t do well in the cold. I’d like the flowers on our deck to be the same.” Lesli remembers her grandmother’s Day Lilies and Irises, so we’ll definitely add them. The new flower selections are penciled in on the original sketch. You may click on the picture to enlarge the image.
The horizon line is established first, then the back ground hills, point and lighthouse are drawn. Moving to the foreground I begin developing the bistro table and chairs. All of the sketch is done with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.
Once I have the perspective of the the heart backed wrought iron chairs correct, containers full of Geraniums are added. Another terra cotta pot will be at the edge of the deck.
Day Lilies, Bluebonnets and Hibiscus are sketched in and labeled to remind me of our gardening plan.
The wine bottle is washed in with a thin mix of Sap Green + Liquin. Alizarin Crimson + Liquin is washed over the green in the lower part of the bottle, indicating some wine is left.
Wine glasses are filled, table legs made and we’re done for the day. I’m going to wait to do the uprights on the deck railing. They will be done when the water behind the railing is painted. If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!” It’s easy. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!