Finished a formal watercolor last week, which is a nice change of pace from some of the pencil work I have been doing.
About a month ago I flew down to Martha’s Vineyard to scout a property that included three buildings; an existing summer cottage, a main house, and a guest house (both under construction).
Took some reference photos and headed back to the studio.
The composition of three houses aligned next to each other across the page meant that the originally agreed-upon 11×17 size was not going to accommodate the buildings very well. The largest house would be an inch and a half tall, the smallest, only three quarters of an inch. I decided I’d go about 30 inches wide, making the image just under a foot tall. Pretty unusual proportion, but I thought it established the nature of the site well, and the way the three buildings stretched across the brow of their hill and looked out on the magnificent view.
I needed to keep the contrast in the center of the image, and soften the left and right houses so that they didn’t compete directly with the center house.
Following are some details…
I used Raw Sienna, Cerulean Blue and Rose Madder genuine to mix the colors, going for a simplified stylized manner of handling things due to the small size of the buildings in the image.
Peter Breese, of Breese Architects, was the architect for the project. His offices are located on the island of Martha’s Vineyard.