That Old House

There is an old ramshackle house down our road that we pass by often. I’ve wanted to do a drawing of it for some time and finally did one. Because of various circumstances (uncertain weather, time constraints, etc.) I had to do it in stages. It occurred to me that if I photographed the drawing in each of the various stages, it might make an interesting addition to the blog. One of the aspects of art that I’m interested in is the idea of “process”. Most people who are not involved in the creative process look at an artwork, whether a quick sketch or a masterful painting and only see the finished product. They are not aware of the “process” of how it came to be. The idea is to show at least part of that process through several stages so that getting to the end result can be better understood. For this drawing I started with a light pencil drawing of the composition which I went over with ink. Then gradually added areas of watercolor eventually adding more detail both with brushwork and pen drawing. I hope you find this of interest. Let me know if you have comments or questions.

Old House-stage-1
Stage 1 – Ink drawing
Old House-stage-2
Stage 2 – adding color
Old House-stage-3
Stage 3 – refining color and adding detail
Old House-final
Final stage

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Author: Jeff Gold

I'm a retired musician (oboist) now living in Vermont and exploring various avenues of art, urban sketching, life drawing, block printing and digital abstractions.

6 thoughts on “That Old House”

  1. Thanks so much, Shari. I’ve been keeping up with the life drawing but slow to getting the urban sketching going again. Glad you like the drawing. Sorry we couldn’t make it to your vernissage at Pointe Claire. Hope it went well. Fall is upon us. Come on down during foliage season.


    1. Thanks Theresa. Great to hear from you. Yes, process is fascinating. We usually start with a method but never know exactly where it will take us until the drawing is finished.


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