|Ink & watercolor, 12" x 8" on 140 lb. paper|
To begin the painting process, I painted wet-in-wet washes to suggest the shadowy woods behind the home. The foreground trees were built up with light, medium and dark layers of color.
I used sponging to indicate some of the upper canopy of leaves and branches and added a touch of spattering for texture and movement.
Grandma and Grandpa are shown sitting on the screen porch watching TV, which was Grandpa's favorite way to pass the time during hot Georgia summers..
To paint the complicated lattice, I masked off the strips with masking fluid, then painted the shadowy areas behind the lattice. After the masking was removed, I indicated the cast shadows from the Rose of Sharon bushes.
The pink crepe myrtle bushes and magnolia tree in the front yard featured prominently in the family's memories, so I included them in the painting.
And Grandma's green and white hostas were her pride and joy, so I couldn't leave them out.
I even included Grandpa's maroon Chevy Lumina in the carport where he parked it each day.
And then there's Todd, Grandma's beloved Pomeranian. The painting just wouldn't have been complete without him, and the birdbath that Grandpa painted blue each spring.
What you may not realize is that none of this stuff was there in the reference photo that Kellie gave me to work from....
Her notes and verbal descriptions were a big help in planning the sketch, and luckily I was able to find another view of the property on Google Earth...