|Keuka Lake Cottage, 8" x 10", pen & ink with watercolor|
Sometimes I pretty up a house in a painting (like I had to do in this one), but this time I painted the cozy cottage just as I saw it, even including the hose hanging from the side of the house. It hints of real people living here, watering the flowers or hosing off sandy feet.
I layered watercolor washes of grey, blue, and brown on the chimney to indicate the variety of colors in the stones.
The Adirondack chairs invite you into the picture and bring to mind warm summer evenings watching the sun set over the lake.
The owner shared with me that her son has nicknamed the cottage "The Slice," because it's their own little slice of heaven on earth. As I sit here in the depths of winter, with the thermometer hovering at 22 degrees today, I'm picturing them next summer, iced tea in hand, lounging in those Adirondack chairs on a sunny afternoon, watching the boats go by on Keuka Lake. It does sound heavenly, doesn't it?