Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to spend a plein air day out with my Local Colour Aurora group of artists. We had a day of painting scheduled at one of Aurora's oldest standing residences, Hillary House. Built in 1862 in the Gothic Revival style, it is a designated National Historic Site of Canada. It's pretty cool to have something like this just a few minutes from where I live.
Most of the LCA artists who came out for the event set up their easels on the grounds of the old estate and painted. Some artists came by and took pictures to use for reference later. I didn't end up painting, but did do a few sketches instead but none of them were exactly what I was looking for. I needed a view of the house that I could twist into my own architectural interpretation. I spent the last hour or so walking around the house taking digital pictures at various angles.
When I got home in the afternoon, I went through all the pictures I'd taken. A few of them sparked some ideas but I finally settled on this one.
I like this view because of the angles. I did a quick sketch and added some colour to it.
Nothing much to look at yet but I find doing a loose sketch with some colour a good way to get the wheels turning in my head while I mull over exactly what colours I'll be using and how the angles on the house will be exaggerated.
The final painting will be ready to hang in November. You can find it at Hillary House as part of Local Colour Aurora's Fall/Winter Exhibition there, which will run from November 2016 to March 2017.
You can find more info about:
LCA at: www.localcolouraurora.ca
Hillary House at: http://aurorahs.com/