This is a second version of a plaque I did two years ago which I recently painted again upon request from a client. I never do two identical paintings, but I do revisit some of them on occasion especially if someone asks me to. This is the same pagoda I painted in the background of the first version but the faded browning blossoms could be just be blooms ‘from a different year’. I love how Hydrangeas can be beautiful all year long. I am including here a photo of an early stage of the paint process before the flowers were painted. This plaque is 12″ wide and 9″ tall.
This is a portrait of a home which sits at the summit of a woodsy hill in Connecticut. It was a pleasure to paint! The front yard was of great importance to the owner of this house, however in reality this hill is so loaded with tall trees that the view of the architecture is severely obscured from the road. I simplified the trees but made sure to accurately depict and include all the huge boulders, the Mountain Laurel, Hosta, Hydrangeas, and of course the flags! I like to include critters where I can, so I placed a squirrel actively over looking the property as he clings to a tree trunk. I painted the deer, who are frequent visitors in this area, off in the distance. This piece is painted on a 20″ X 24″ wood canvas in acrylics.
I am not sure what this vintage bucket on three legs was originally meant to store, but I can picture it it holding anything from magazines to umbrellas to knitting supplies to hats and mittens to a large potted plant! I had fun painting the ocean scene with a lighthouse, beach, island village and seven hot air balloons. The views are loosely based on southern New England locales. I photographed every one of the balloons in the sky at festivals in Connecticut. The bucket is all wood with the exception of the two metal bands. The divider inside is easily removed. It weighs 7 pounds and stands 20″ tall (not counting the handle). The bucket is 10.5″ deep and tapers from 12.5″ in diameter at the bottom to 11″ diameter at the top. It is currently available for sale at $125 plus shipping and handling.
This painting is the rear view of the same Contemporary House Portrait I posted earlier this summer. My goal was to make the viewer feel as if they were standing on the far edge of the property. Doing this extensive backyard was a real challenge. I used multiple views of the yard and combined them into a seamless whole. There is complicated decking on the house, a gazebo, garden ornaments and a pond with a fountain. I put a limited number of the flowering plants in bloom so as to not overwhelm the landscaping. The piece is painted in acrylics on a smooth surface 24″ X 12″ clay-board. Also see my painting of the front view of this home in the post dated 07/27/2015.