I was asked to create a painting for a wedding present of this beautiful period house called The Argory which is just outside Moy in Co Tyrone. I grew up close to this National Trust property and have always loved visiting it’s beautiful grounds with the dogs. I went on a really sunny late afternoon to photograph for the painting. I ended up using the sky from one photo and the view from another.
It’s always lovely to be asked to produce such a memorable gift for someone, and in this case even more so as our families have been friends for many years. I hope this piece marks the start of a new chapter for them and that they enjoy the painting for many years.
|The finished painting, pastel on velour 20″x 13″|
|My line sketch on the velour.|
|Working from furtherest away to the foreground I start with the
blue gradient of the sky. This was built up using about 3 shades of
Unison blue pastels. I love their softness but they do stick
well to the velour by rubbing in these lower layers.
|I keep adding thin layers and blending until the clouds get
smoother and the gradients within them more subtle.
|The contrast is high in the photo so I can really
go for deep dark shadows and vibrant highlights.
|Although I’ve used mostly Unison soft pastels
I’ve also used a Faber Castel black stick for the
darkest value. I also used some dark pastel pencils
for the very small fine lines on the building.
|Working the whole back row of trees. I’ve used about 6 or 7
shades of green only although it’s one colour you’ll want to
have lots of if you’re interested in painting landscapes,
especially here in Ireland!
|The building is quite small in the composition and there is
a lot of detail in the stonework. The best I can do is hint at it!
I use pastel pencil to mark in the darkest shadows first.
|Working the foreground now with that dappled light.|
|Almost there! The final highlights to some of the speckles of light.|
Hope you’ve enjoyed the progress. Check out my website for info on how to go about commissioning a painting of a loved one, pet or even a favourite view. www.EmmaColbertArt.com