Commissioned Piece - NFS
9 x 12 Acrylic on canvas panel
This was a challenge indeed. The client asked for the fall look & supplied a photo. Only instructions were to simply follow the photo. I did question if a summer version was preferred but the answer was no. That changed many things with the painting.
First, the blue of the sky has a different color - the blue is somewhat colder. I used Cobalt blue rather than my summertime Cerulean. Second, the trees are bare. In fact, all trees are bare so it greatly reduces the cast shadows. And third, the grass is at the end of it's growth cycle. It doesn't die, but it does take on a darker appearance along with some touches of brown - I used yellow ochre.
I did warm up the house by adding a reddish brown to it (Burnt Sienna). The only flowers in the photos were potted yellow flowers (maybe mums?) on the wide front steps, so I added them for a bit of contrast.
I redid many areas in this as I tried to balance it vertically. I also was trying to balance the warm & cool as well. I think it came out ok, but you'll have to tell me - does the home look inviting?