A few weeks ago, Laurie, from Texas, contacted me about doing a house portrait for her husband for his birthday. It was to be a surprise, and it wouldn't be easy to keep it a secret, given how excited she was about the gift. She sent photos of the kids, dogs, and house, and told me a little bit about each of them. After taking a few days to mull it all over, I started planning, sketching, drawing and painting. Here's the final result ...
|"The Best Things in Life" 10" x 14" watercolor, ink, & colored pencil|
The stonework on the house was represented with strokes of watercolor applied with a small flat brush, and a touch of colored pencil line work. I wanted to suggest the texture without painting each and every stone.
The children, Emma and Aiden, bring the painting to life, and their mom says this scene is a common one in their family - the kids love playing with the dogs in the front yard.
House portraits can sometimes seem rather static, with nothing much going on. I like the fact that this one has a fun narrative, with the kids chasing Hadley, who's chasing the ball, and being watched by Ginger, who's taking in the whole scene from the sidelines.
As I contemplated a title for the painting, I realized that the picture shows some of "The Best Things in Life" - home, children, pets, sunshine, flowers, simple fun, peace, and happiness. We can't ask for more than that.
PS - Laurie's husband, Mike, was thrilled with his birthday surprise! And she was thrilled that she had managed to keep it a secret. ;)
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