Monday, March 08, 2010

just right


I happened upon this home and I decided to let myself in. There was something about the green door that left me wanting more. The light, the cast shadows, the planter, the brass door knob and the panes of glass caught my eye.
Around the other side is another green door. I want to know who lives here and what is on the other side of that door.

I knocked and the door opened.

I walked in, sat down in a wonderful chair and began to paint ( my paints go with me everywhere) but the paper felt too cold.
(Arches Paper - 140 Lb. cold-pressed, 100 % cotton)

I then tried this paper, and the paper felt just right to me.
(Arches Paper - 140 Lb. hot-pressed, 100% cotton)

So, tell me, do you have a preference of paper, the cold-pressed or the hot-pressed paper.
The cold-pressed paper has a more traditional water colour wavy texture to it, while the hot-pressed has a flat, satin smooth finish.

Excuse me while I go upstairs and check out the beds for a wee nap.
I have a feeling I will find just the right spot.
(Trina, thanks for allowing me to illustrate your green door and for stalking such
a country farmhouse as yours, just right. I have a feeling I will feel compelled to illustrate each and every room and taste every bowl of porridge too.)

44 comments:

VictoriaArt said...

Such an inviting setting! Just love your last version of it, it reflects the sun in the panes! Wonderful!

Just right!

Have a wonderful week of early spring...

XO
Victoria

The Zhush said...

They are both amazing! If I had to choose, but only if I HAD to, it would be the hot pressed...the sun feels warmer to me shining on the door. Never really paid attention to this type of thing before, great learning something new!

Frau said...

Gorgeous! I love green doors! I love them both but fav is hot press. Have a wonderful Monday!

pve design said...

Victoria, Zhush and Frau-
You ladies and your comments are always so wonderfully spot on!
Happy Monday.
pve

Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore said...

Both pieces look great...I think I like the one on the hot pressed better a smidge better. Have a fantastic day! xx

Barbara said...

Good morning, PVE.
The porridge was "just right" on the second illustration. Making the simple simply beautiful.
Have a great one.
b

Greet said...

I am always so surprised of your drawings! Love them so much! I found a blog that maybe you will be interested in.The author is a girl from France and she is making wonderful aquarelles. The blog is called Céline Chollet Aquarelles. http://wwwboitedaquarelles.blogspot.com.
xx
Greet

Joyce said...

I love the first photo and what your illustration my friend. I would have loved to take a walk down the halls of this home with you. xo

Deidra said...

Love this Goldilocks post! The light fixture on the front porch caught my eye. The second illustration strikes my fancy, though!

Feather Gold said...

I enjoyed this story of the house with green door to go along with the painting.

Cold pressed paper has texture that gives it another interesting element to water color paintings.

Jeanne said...

Both beautiful!

Debra said...

They are both just right-but that sun in the secnd illustration is warming and casting a lovely shadow. I love the clean lines of this home.

the NEO-traditionalist said...

What a darling home! I love the green door---so classic. Both of your paintings are lovely---hot or cold, they both seem just right : )
XO Katie

Dana Cochran said...

I love painting on Arches HP best, but I have to say - I think I prefer your first painting on the CP! It is wonderful.
Fun story too!!
Have a great week.
~Dana

little augury said...

goldilocks with paints-should get you in every time. Both are just right.pgt

Kwana said...

The paper does make a difference. Love the green door.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Such a perfect shade of green!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

LOVE the green door - very reminiscent of the 1930s. I think I like the cold pressed better but both are great!

Karena said...

Patricia, it depens, I work a lot on canvas as you kow, on paper sometimes I like the texture and sometimes I like the Bristol smooth feel.

Karena
Arr by Karena

Karena said...

OOps, it is early for my....
Art by Karena

A Country Farmhouse said...

You're always most welcome here Patricia...and the porridge will always be waiting...and warm. Love your story and your beautiful work. I like both papers, but perhaps the hot pressed paper a bit more because of its warmth and brightness. xoxo Trina

Morning T said...

Gorgeous drawing PVE!! I adore Trina's sweet farmhouse.

Mary Lou Rutledge said...

I think I like the hot pressed. I love the drawing either way.

TheVirginiaHouse said...

Perfect. I love how they look so clean and simple, even though they aren't. Beautiful work, love her blog too!

for the love of a house said...

Trina's beautiful farmhouse is indeed worthy of your lovely paintings! I love them both!
joan

Laura Casey Interiors said...

LOVE the green doors!! both are right!

the gardeners cottage said...

You captured my favorite farmhouse perfectly.

~janet

Blueprint Bliss said...

Ah- beautiful. I love Trina's house. Great job!

style chronicle said...

Yes, a green door beckons one to come in and stay a while... Both illustrations are beautiful, my favorite is the second. It is bright and cheery like my mood today!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Beautiful and inspiring. We have a "new" old farmhouse and I love the feel of your painting. It could have been my house! Lovely!
Yvonne

victoria thorne said...

The hot vibrates with life & warmth. Just delicious.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

I too am in love with Trina's house! They are both wonderful, but I love the 2nd piece!

elizabeth avedon said...

Just beautiful viewing your inspiration all the way to your finished painting!

Chic Coles said...

We had a green door in our previous house and it looked really nice. Love your drawing of the door!

LindsB said...

I would want to go in that door too, there is something about it that is very welcoming!

Tara said...

Hi P:

Ok, to my untrained eye, I love how you caught the sunlight dapples in illustration #2!

But hey--both are lovely!

The Little Red Shop said...

Thank you for sharing your visit with us. I can't wait to see what you do with Trina's lovely interiors!

: )

Julie M.

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

Perfect and charming in every way! wonderful job, and I loved the story line!

gina said...

I like the warm version - though both look very good. What a sweet little farmhouse. The green door put there probably just for you.

Pondside said...

I've just come to know this pretty farmhouse. I enjoyed your charming story and lovely interpretation.

Preppy 101 said...

It's gorgeous!! Right now I need to sunshine - even if only the reflection of it. xoxo

simply seleta said...

This story is so intriguing. You're amazing.

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

OH how I love your blog. I love your art and style too. I must hit your follower button so I can return often.

It's nice to meet you through your words and art.

Lee Ann

kayce hughes said...

I like the cold one better.