So, if you follow my Facebook page (very unsubtle hint, there), you will have already seen the progress of this painting as it went along, but I thought I’d share it here, too (because, frankly, not everyone wants to follow a Facebook page).
The idea is to do three of these pictures – one with circle motif, one with rectangles and one with triangles, though this one took me so long, I might decide to just stick with this one. I am not the most patient of people, and I like to get three or four pictures done in an evening, if at all possible. Which is why I like using gouache – if I do three or four pictures at once, by the time I’ve finished painting one colour on all of them, I can move back to the first one. So perhaps I will do the others, but do them at the same time.
Here’s the base sketch. I drew a 15 cm square on some watercolour paper and then pencilled in a base sketch, based on the concept sketch.
Trees blocked in
Trunks, grassy hill, lawn and fence blocked in
House, path and a couple of background trees added
Most of base colour in place
I also added in Red Riding Hood, as it just felt right that she should be in there.
Flowers added in (foreground and background)
The foreground flowers look a little like mushrooms, or even tiny trees, here.
Lots of detail added
I had a larger chunk of time and so was able to add in a lot of detail in one night. This is my favourite part. I love doing the little patterns and mixing the colours to get something that will stand out well against the background colours. It really hurts my eyes, though! You can’t really tell from the scans, but this picture is very small, so the detail is tiny.
Finished gouache painting: “Out Visiting”
And here’s the finished item. I added a blue sky. I was undecided about whether do this or not right up until the last minute. And a decorative border to the blue sky, which I love. Added some grass, which came out quite well, I think. I hummed and hahed about whether to do ‘proper’ grass, or a pattern, and settled on ‘proper’ grass. I think it works. I added curtains and ‘someone’ looking out of the window. Is it Grandma, or the Wolf? And I added patterns to the house and roof. I think the house patterns make it look more like a wooden cottage, rather than the Cotswold Stone I imagined it to be at first. Though it could probably be either, at a push.
I loved painting this picture, and am really pleased with the end result. But it did take a long time. I think I could probably have done it in three full evenings, though, and it took longer because I was only fitting in an hour an evening, due to work and other commitments.
Now I need to see if I can found a mount to fit it. I picked the size without checking – oops. I will probably be getting prints made, especially if I finish the other two.