from a dad's view

A gate somewhere in Orpington?

Just a small watercolor painting to be delivered to a blogging friend that was supposed to receive a painting months ago. So I’m sending two hopefully to maintain a blogging friendship… sorry for the delay!

16 responses

  1. joz1234

    looks great! What method do you do to get the snow on?

    December 29, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    • Thanks, I used watercolor white on a tooth brush. tap the bristle in the thick paint to load the ends of the bristles and then on a test dark paper rake your finger across the bristles causing the paint to splatter. play around with it before doing it on your painting in order to get used to the amount and direction of the splatter. Good luck!

      December 29, 2009 at 5:24 pm

  2. Hey! I know where Orpington is….and I know who lives there too. I’m not as dumb as I look. If you’re sending two, where’s the other one?

    This is lovely, Ryan. I like the gate, beckoning the viewer to enter. The detail work on the wrought iron gate is amazing. I like the leafless trees in the background and the cold winter sky with the spatter of white.

    Oh, I just like it all! I predict your friend in Orpington will be very happy!

    (And thank you VERY much for the b’day wishes!)

    December 29, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    • Thanks Carol and again Happy 29th birthday!
      Sadly our friend in Orpington was to receive the butterfly painting and due to my forgetful mind it was lost in the shuffle and piles of papers at my work, so feeling guilty, I’m sending her this extra to bribe her friendship with. Not much of a bribe, but hopefully she will enjoy it anyway.

      December 30, 2009 at 3:47 am

  3. How beautiful, excellent detail work, your friend should be thrilled.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:02 am

    • I hope that June will be, but it is extremely late.

      December 30, 2009 at 10:17 am

  4. Gorgeous. I like the open gate inviting someone in to explore the world beyond. So much more interesting than a butterfly for a friend. Love it!

    December 30, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    • Thanks Leslie!
      I hope your holidays went well.

      December 30, 2009 at 4:03 pm

  5. Nice painting, i like painting on gates. Just like what Leslie mention, it’s a token for invitation.

    December 31, 2009 at 2:07 am

  6. You are funny Ryan – I can assure you that your friend who lives in Orpington will be thrilled to bits and even tickled pink with both paintings, lucky person that she is. She can’t be a very good friend though if your art and cheerful good humour aren’t enough.

    January 1, 2010 at 8:49 am

  7. Forgot to say how much I liked the painting – I love the snow. Is that the gate leading to her property in Orpington? 😉

    January 2, 2010 at 6:13 am

    • I’m not sure, She’s very wealthy and this is probably entering just her summer home. She only communicates with me to see how the other people live! LOL

      January 2, 2010 at 10:41 am

  8. Oh gorgeous. What a beautiful gate, so detailed. A really lovely picture 🙂

    January 20, 2010 at 3:42 am

    • Thank you and thanks for the visiting my blog. I enjoy your work as well, beautiful colors and style.

      January 20, 2010 at 5:27 am

  9. You’re an incredible artist! This painting is my favorite. It’s very mysterious, and yet somehow very inviting.

    I can’t wait to see other amazing work you post.

    January 27, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    • Thank you for your kind words and for visiting,
      This was fun to do, there’s nothing like a hard bristled toothbrush for the splattered snow effect. Thanks again!

      January 28, 2010 at 5:19 am

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