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Postby RichardDevine » Wed Jul 30, 2014 3:37 pm

My apologies to all who expected this update earlier today. Unavoidable responsibilities kept me from writing this until this afternoon.
In middle Georgia, southeast of Atlanta, there is a beautiful little town called Eatonton. My wife and I passed through there a few years ago on our way south from the mountains of North Carolina. We were taking the scenic route south for a while, avoiding Interstate 75, and looking for good photo ops. There are countless small towns off the beaten path everywhere that still provide great opportunities to relax, slow down and enjoy life the way it used to be – before everything became so hectic and rush – rush. Eatonton is one of those towns. Although we only stopped for a short while, we were able to see some beautiful old architecture and just stroll side streets.
On one of those side streets we came across a beautiful Georgian Colonial home that was so picturesque. Trees, both large and small, framed the home and trees behind it made a wonderful backdrop. Boxwood hedges flanked the brick walk up to the front portico and spread out on either side. I took a few photos for future reference.
After looking through many images of homes I decided this one would make a nice pen and ink and watercolor. So I set about doing what I need to do to get this one ready for ink and watercolor.
After doing a number of home portraits the old fashioned way – using a grid system to enlarge an image of the house onto tracing paper, then transferring the drawing to the final paper, or enlarging a photo of the house and carefully measuring all kinds of dimensions and transferring them first to tracing paper and then to the final paper – all of which took a great deal of time - I decided to make a light box to directly trace the image of the house onto my final paper. But, rather than have another piece of equipment laying around, I cut out the center of my drawing table and build a light box into it. It took me a day to do it and it worked great. If anyone is interested in how I did it, email me and I’ll be happy to describe the project.
After tracing the house onto Arches 140 lb watercolor paper I freehand drew the rest of the landscaping on the paper. Since I will be adding watercolor to this drawing I then stretched the paper by soaking it in water and stapled it to a piece of plywood. No distortion resulted from the stretching. Attached are photos of the Home and of the pencil drawing.
Update 2 will begin the inking of the drawing.
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Postby jenn_iam » Wed Jul 30, 2014 4:50 pm

no worries.. this is a great subject.. off to an excellent start per usual.
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Re: Work in Progress Update, Eatonton, Georgia, Residence, U

Postby Gosia » Thu Jul 31, 2014 7:37 am

Thank you so much for showing progress of your impressive drawings/paintings!
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Re: Work in Progress Update, Eatonton, Georgia, Residence, U

Postby RichardDevine » Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:21 am

I appreciate your interest and I'll continue to document and post updates on the paintings I create.
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Postby RichardDevine » Wed Aug 06, 2014 8:58 am

Work in Progress Update, Eatonton, Georgia, Residence, Update 2
In this Update most of the House in inked in. Using the lightbox saved a great deal of time and increased the accuracy of the drawing. Inking went fairly rapidly, using a T square, triangle and a drafting ruler. Very little measuring had to be done. I merely determined what size the House needed to be for the drawing, enlarged it and printed it out. Then, using the light box on my drawing table, traced it. After drawing in the House I went back and drew in freehand all the landscaping and trees.
My first task was to ink in the House. For that I used a Rapidograph 3X0 pen. What took the most time was filling in the shutters and the front door. The shutters are framed out, with slats in the center, so I drew them in that way. I filled in the outer frame fully, then lined in the slats, leaving only enough light to show indicate light hitting the edges. I did the same for the front doors. I drew in the interior details, then filled in the doors with ink, leaving only enough white to indicate the detail work.
After completing the portico I was a bit anxious to see what it would look like with watercolor added to help the shading, so I painted in some washes of Paynes Grey. Also added some washes in the windows. Although it added much to the drawing, more shading will be added later. I think the upper corners need to be a bit darker. I found that there was no danger of the ink bleeding out when water was washed over the lines, even when I brushed on a couple of washes. There was some concern that I’d have to leave the ink dry for 24 hours before applying a wash but that seemed unnecessary.
After the House was pretty much finished, I started on the brick walk. Prior to inking, I first drew the walk in with pencil completely, then went over it with pen.
Finally, all the surrounding landscaping was inked in. All the boxwood was done first, then the trees.
When adding watercolor, there is always the question of how much ink work should be done first. How much shading should be done with ink and how much with paint? The ink is of primary importance and the watercolor plays a supporting role. This is a pen and ink drawing with watercolor, so pen and ink does most of the work. Since the House is the center of interest, I put the most pen and ink detail into it. The surrounding trees and shrubs frame the House but are support, so they will lack the detail the House has. I indicated some shading on the trees in the darkest areas only and then to bring out the House. More pen and ink can be added later if it’s needed.
So, with the pen and ink work pretty much finished, I will be adding the watercolor.
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Postby ehoeveler » Wed Aug 06, 2014 12:18 pm

The preparation is superlative in itself. This could be sold as a finished work! Thank You, E
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Re: Work in Progress Update, Eatonton, Ga, Residence

Postby RichardDevine » Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:57 am

Work in Progress, Eatonton, Georgia, Residence, Update 3
The addition of watercolor.
After most of the inking had been done I stopped to consider adding watercolor. It may be that additional pen and ink line work will still need to be added and I will only know that after watercolor has been added. The watercolor is meant to give color to the drawing and not detail. All the detail is in the pen and ink work but the watercolor will give more tone and shading and liven up the painting. In addition, the watercolor will lend more three dimensionality to the painting.
The first task was to paint in the sky. Here, I wanted the suggestion of clouds in a blue sky but nothing specific to draw attention away from the subject. First, I primed the paper with two washes of clear water. While still plenty damp (but not glistening wet), I washed in Winsor blue, wet in wet, leaving areas of white to indicate clouds. I even used a paper towel here and there to remove paint from some areas to heighten the white of the clouds. Then, I let it dry.
Next, I painted in the trees – to the left, behind the house and to the right. I used Hooker’s green, raw sienna and French ultramarine blue. The raw sienna warmed the green, dulled it a bit and made it more olive green in color. Olive greens just look better in landscapes, I think, so I try to always keep my greens on that end, unless I specifically need something else.
Because the foliage will be splotchy and non-uniform, I painted wet on dry, starting with lighter values and varying the combination of colors to keep variety in the greens – a bit more raw sienna here or there, then darker some places than others, dabbing to indicate leaves. I then mixed up darker versions of the mix and went over the shaded areas of pen and ink, blending it outward to the lighter areas. I left the trees behind the House lighter and simpler, with less variety of tones, because they are further away. I made several passes, stepping back here and there to assess the progress, looking to see if I needed any more color. There was an unconscious tendency to add detail as I went, so I had to resist giving in to it. I kept reminding myself that the color was playing a supporting role.
Once I was satisfied with the trees, I painted in the roof. Here, Cadmium red, Permanent rose and a bit of Hooker’s green to dull the mix seemed to work. Here I wanted a smooth and uniform color, so I primed the roof first with two washes of clear water. Then I washed in the color. I prefer many times to start out with a lighter layer because I can always creep up on the intensity I want and I did that here. Three or four additional washes of color were added, always preceded by two washes of clear water. I always made sure the previous color was completely dry before laying on a clear water wash.
Using the same combination of greens, I painted in the two trees in front of the House and then the boxwood hedge. Where I felt it was necessary, I added more pen and ink work, for branches in the trees or additional foliage work. I may add more later if I think it needs it. That’s a big help – knowing that I can alter things here and there as it becomes necessary – tweaking it – a bit more pen and ink, a bit more color.
More pen and ink work, or watercolor, or a combination of each may be necessary in the final stages to get to a final painting, but this is a good start. There’s not too much left here to do and I believe this will be completed in the next Update.
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Postby jenn_iam » Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:03 pm

Absolutely amazing....
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Postby ehoeveler » Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:34 pm

Your patience and attention to detail
make all your works special! Can't wait to see the finished. E
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Re: Work in Progress Update, Eatonton, Georgia, Residence, U

Postby RichardDevine » Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:35 am

Work in Progress Update, Eatonton, Georgia, Residence, Update 4

In this Update the rendering of the Home is complete. The brickwork has been painted in, lawn has been added and the tree trunks completed. A bit more shading in the portico and curtains has also been added.
First, the brick chimneys and walk were painted in. Here, cadmium red, raw umber and burnt umber were mixed to give the reddish – brown color I felt it needed. I painted in three or four washes to get the depth and intensity, tweaking it with a bit more red or umber with each wash to bring it to the final color. The washes were done wet on dry.
In between, I re-drew the lion statues on the pedestals and then inked them in.
Using hooker’s green, raw sienna and ultramarine blue in various combinations I washed in the lawn on both sides, wet on dry, quickly and simply indicating grass.
Next, using thin washes of paynes grey, I underlined each row of siding on the house, giving some shading under each board. A bit of shading was added to each lion statue and more detail to the curtains in the windows. More washes were also added to the portico to increase depth.
Finally, the tree trunks were painted in with thin washes of raw umber and some more pen and ink line work was added to the tall tree on the right.
This completes the pen and ink and watercolor rendering of a Home Portrait of a residence in Eatonton, Georgia. It will be matted and framed, then added to a display of my paintings now hanging at Brannen Bank in Dunnellon, Florida.


The subject for my next painting is an Osprey. It’s a commission piece from a photo taken by the client on Lover’s Key, off the west coast of Florida. I’m going to do something different in my approach to this painting, so stay tuned.
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Postby ehoeveler » Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:21 pm

Another fabulous beauty, Richard! Lucky Bank and Lucky You! Thank You, E
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