Countless people have neighbours, whether they reside in rural or urban areas. Some farmers may be the only exception, or the odd hermit dwelling under an overpass.
So, if you truly love the appearance of your neighbour's house, don't let the opportunity of painting a picture of his or her property go to waste.
But you must continue to love thy neighbour and avoid being a private nuisance by taking a high quality resolution photo of the front of your neighbour's house. Perhaps do this with his or her consent.
Use a digital camera, and print the picture on high quality photo paper.
Purchase a small canvas, approximately 145 mm x 190mm. Set up your work in a vacant room.
Start with drawing the outline of the house using grey lead. Remember to copy what you actually see, not what you think you see. Try not to think "house" when drawing, otherwise you might draw something that resembles a house, and not the actual thing.
You really don't need to use paint per se, especially if you think there's going to be mess involved. Consider other colouring options such as acrylic and oil. Indeed, even good old fashioned pencils and crayons are nothing to be sneezed at.
Good tips Matthew, On Christmas day here in Melbourne I was 'Orphaned' so I packed my car with all my art gear, seat, easel and decided to head for Wattle Park here I hadnt been since I was a kid and was busting to return all of a sudden. The entrance had changed from before and I barely recognised much apart from the famous tram. Sadly it wasnt red it was green b/c it had been burnt beyond recognition. Theres a new one there where you can sit and look. There was the old house and the Chinese White Shinto but it was very small. Funny how your mind deceives,lol. But the best part was on entering and up the drive way was this stunning English Cottage and a garden in full bloom. I took lots of photos and the long and short of it, it was way too windy to sit for long so I decided after all that effort, Id paint this sweet white English cottage at home. The downside is with the cottage is that it sits on a corner of the road leading up to the carpark. Then b/c of that you cant stop and park and sitting on a sloping hill to paint would be a challenge too I decided. Apart from that its still just such a stunningly quaint cottage to paint.
'A touch of the 'old Dart'!
thanks.. for the reminder. I love doing portraits so it will be a change for me.
By summer - reader Wednesday, 14th of January @ 01:49 am