March 11, 2010

Page House



Acrylic on Cardstock - 4 x 6 inches

Kinda like the haunted house on Page Street. It was a rainy day, just before sundown, and this house was dark and blue, like other parts of the sky. But the part I liked was the warmth of the lit windows, naturally.

I really rushed through this sketch focusing on three things. Keeping the building dark, keeping brush strokes simple, and keeping the windows in line with each other. I've done a lot of quick sketches like this, but noticed that if the windows don't line up in some logical way, it's very distracting. I watched Heiner Hertling doing a barn on TV the other day, and the windows shapes were merely hinted at, but since they were aligned, the eye just took them in as "windows" without any trouble.

(I really like Hiener's PBS show, because he seems to be the only TV instructor that actually paints en plein air, painting a real landscape before him. All the others seem to be painting from a previous painting which bores me no end, and seems less instructive).


5 comments:

Chartan said...

Thank you for the lesson! Someday I hope to be able to paint like this.... I like your style much better than Mr. Hertling's, however if I had television I'd watch his show...

This is wonderful!

Linda said...

You successfully captured this house on a rainy day. Very nice.

Irina said...

It turned out very well, this rainy day dark house. Very impressive.

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

You know what shines through in your work? Integrity. You have standards and goals that you alone are setting for yourself, and you listen to that inner voice. At least that's how you come across to me. I admire these things and they're also the reason this is such a cool painting.

Gringo Zero said...

Too kind. I am, indeed trying to find, and listen to, that inner voice. Sometimes it's loud and clear, and sometimes oh so faint.