Fittingly, late in the day I finished my painting of this beautiful stone home. The sunsets over the river are usually quite colorful, ranging in various hues of yellow, pink, blue, and violet. Creating a painting with early evening lighting, sometimes referred to as the “golden hour”, offered an opportunity for me to not only have fun with color but to work with strong lights and darks.
Textured areas were created for effect, to catch light, and add a pop to colors. Where detail was critical, like windowpanes and trim, surfaces were kept smooth. The painting ranges from tiny details using the smallest of brushes to the use of a palette knife on the large body of grass. I chose to put as much detail into the home and driveway as possible, and then in order to not create an overly busy painting with everything in sharp focus, I created the surroundings in a somewhat simplified, softer manner.
I always endeavor to make each painting I paint unique in some way, and in this one I think the uniqueness lies in the balance of textures and range of colors.
I hope you enjoyed seeing this painting in progress. I’m not quite sure what is on the easel next, but I’m anxious to get started on another painting of Charleston. I’m also considering a large bird in flight scene with dramatic lighting, possibly a Great White Egret or Brown Pelican.
I so appreciate all of you following my journal and your interest in my art. Thank you and enjoy all of the beautiful fall colors outside!