Craftsman Cottage

The brilliant fall foliage on the tree behind our cottage is painted with mixes of Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange and Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow + a tiny bit of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson). Please keep in mind as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to view them larger.

Jeana asked me to “carve” a heart on the tree with the initials RW + SW.

Now we’ll start construction on the Craftsman Cottage. The slate part of the roof is painted with mixes in varying combinations of MUD + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White. The standing seam metal roof over the front porch has a little more Ultramarine Blue + White added into the mixes. Then some of the yellows and oranges from the sky are pulled into the wet paint of the metal to give the impression of the sky reflecting down into it.

The ridges where the individual panels of the standing seam roof join are highlighted with White + Ultramarine Blue.

It’s fun adding the gable details on the trim of the upper dormer. My wrist is braced against the mahl stick, hooked over the top of my easel, to steady my hand as I delineate these quintessential hallmarks of Craftsman architecture.

Cedar shingles are mixes of MUD + Cadmium Orange + a little Cadmium Yellow + White. Brushstrokes of White + Ultramarine Blue are made on the back part of the wall, causing it to recede. COOL COLORS RECEDE, WARM COLORS COME FORWARD!

The window areas were previously washed in with mixes of MUD + Liquin and Ultramarine Blue + Liquin. Now that is completely dry, so I’m able to come back and draw the details of the distinct mullions over the dark background with a mix of White + Ultramarine Blue + a touch of MUD.

We still have more to do on Jeana’s Dream Cottage, hope you’ll come back and follow along.

But before I finish today I’d like to invite you to join a group I’ve started on FaceBook called “Uncharted Path”. At times like this with the Corona Virus disrupting our normal daily routines we need encouragement, spiritual support and hope. “Uncharted Path” is a place where we can connect and share Bible scriptures that give us inspiration, uplifting messages, pictures of this beautiful world God has created for us or fun ways we’re dealing with the inconveniences. A safe retreat where we can reach out to one another in love and fellowship as we move through this season together, striving to make the best of these difficult moments. So please feel free to  join in the conversation and share on my new FaceBook Group, knowing the light of Our Lord will guide us on this “Uncharted Path”.  CLICK HERE to visit and join  “Uncharted Path”.

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a Light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105



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