Sunday, May 19, 2013

Airlie Fountain

oil on hardboard

You can view and bid on this painting here.

Airlie Gardens is a ridiculously gorgeous setting in Wilmington, NC. This fountain is at the end of a shaded pergola. It was pretty challenging to paint—the scene was in dappled light, and the fountain itself is made of multi-colored stone. And it's always a pain in the neck painting a symmetrical, geometric shape. No matter how accurate my sketch, it ends up lopsided!

Putting in the shadows on a pink ground.

Adding the sunlit areas and making revisions to the shadows.

Breaking up the shapes with details and adjustments, and revising my revisions :-)

The fun part - painting in the splashing water.

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