Dream Cottage

Beginning on a new commission today for a long time client. Jeana sent me this picture of a Craftsman Cottage, saying this is where she wants to live one day. I’ve done several unique paintings for her collection in the past, she always comes up with some wonderfully inventive ideas that make me really stretch! 

We’re adding all kinds of personal touches, that’s one of the best parts of collaborating with my collectors! Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

After making a few guidelines in pencil I begin sketching the plan up on the canvas with a brush dipped in a thin oil mixture of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

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Pumpkins take up residence on the porch steps.

The glass part of the windows and door are covered with translucent washes of the MUD + Liquin and Ultramarine Blue + Liquin. I don’t want these areas to be opaque, the translucency will give the feeling there is something in the room behind the window when the mullions and frames are added.

Originally Jeana asked me to letter the saying, “All in Good Time” above the arches on the front porch. I decided it would just be too small there so I’ve added a mailbox with a hanging sign underneath for the whimsical calligraphy. 

A fire pit with a couple of Adirondack Chairs provides a comfortable spot to enjoy cool evenings.

We’re including two of Jeana’s fur babies playing out front. Phoebe is a beautiful Great Dane. I went on Google.com and found a picture of one in just the position I wanted.

Maddie, the dalmatian, completes our oil sketch on the canvas. We’ll begin applying opaque Oil Paint in our next session. Hope you’ll come back and follow along! 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. Please keep in mind, to move through the blog when you get the posts just CLICK on the small titles at the top of the page. The right one for the next post or the title on the left side for the previous session. Thank you for subscribing! With Colorful Smiles,


One Response to “Dream Cottage”

  1. roseherczeg Says:

    Oh, I love this already! Glad you are staying busy and away from the craziness that is going on out there in the world. I pray you will be protected from this virus and that you create wonderful masterpieces in the meantime! God bless you and thank you for keeping us sane during this time. I always look forward to your posts and videos… it is a reminder that beautiful things do exist and our heavenly Father is still in control!

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