Yellow House

Yellow House
18″x24″ Pastel on Canson Pastel Paper adapted from photograph

For this assignment we each chose a photograph to use for inspiration. Our teacher, Lois Jones, is teaching us how to edit what we see instead of painting the entire photograph. First we use a viewfinder to crop the image, then do quick charcoal sketches. From there, we pick the sketch that speaks to us.

I was drawn to the bright purple flowers and green grass against the pale house. I love the combination of gold, purple, and green so I decided to make the house more of a golden color. I really struggled with the trees; in the picture they were barely visible. I gave them more life by using a pointillism technique. Overall, I was very happy with the end result.

Author: Jen Chaudhry

Full-time Crazy Wife, Mom of 2 Polar Opposite Boys & Ass-Kicker of RA/OA. Part-time Artist & Blogger

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