Ink House Portrait

Though most people prefer watercolor house portraits, I enjoy doing the occasional ink drawing. My challenge is to convey shadow and detail accurately using a variety of pen strokes. Determining the various colors is no longer a problem since the portrait is black and white. A double mat with black as the inner and off-white […]

Why is the sky blue?

One of the things I’ve noticed about the reference images I work with is that a good amount of them have a cloudy or gray sky. This is a typical New Jersey sky, and while good for photographing (less shadow), it’s not very uplifting. The first thing I paint in any portrait is the sky, […]

Christmas House Portrait

There are some house portraits that are particularly satisfying, such as this Winter scene with Christmas decorations. The way the colors blended at the horizon and the snow fell on the trees make me happy. This painting clearly says “it’s Winter”. Can you feel the cold air?