Challenge for a Southern Girl

Starting a new commission today that’s a real challenge. My collector asked me to paint this home as a gift for friends who live there. BUT…..Terry would like this to be changed from summer time to the middle of winter! That’s a huge leap for a Southern girl who has avoided cold weather, and especially snow, all of her life! Give me sugar sand instead of white snow any day!

The basic outline of the home has been drawn up in pencil on a canvas that was primed with white acrylic. I had make sure to adjust for the distortions of the camera. Notice how the house and chimney on the left is leaning toward the right in the top photo. Using a thin oil mixture of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin the shapes of the trees are washed in with a large Bright brush. You may click on this, or any of the other images, if you’d like to see them larger.

The same mix is used to establish the shadow patterns on the house.

The upright mailbox is a nice element that acts to break the long line of the rock wall in front of the house.

Windows are washed in with both the MUD + Liquin mix and another of Ultramarine Blue + Liquin.

Crisp Viridian Green shutters and large evergreen trees provide dark accents. Our initial value sketch on the canvas is complete; we’ll begin applying opaque oil paint in our next session. 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.

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One Response to “Challenge for a Southern Girl”

  1. roseherczeg Says:

    I absolutely love this! I grew up in NY, and this scene is very reminiscent of what I saw in the country. Lots of fir trees laden with snow. Don’t you love challenges? I will keep watching! 🙂

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