Sunday, February 23, 2014

A San Francisco Charmer

"At Home on Potrero Hill "
14" x 11" Ink and Watercolor
Bob and I stayed at this home on Potrero Hill in San Francisco which we arranged through The owner asked me to paint a sketch of the house. This was great fun. I worked from about 6 photos, none quite positioned like this. I used a dip pen with permanent ink and watercolor. It was a challenge to maintain a sketch approach. I settled on doing a vignette.  I sent three small sketches to the client, and did both a small and larger trial run before completing this piece. I also suggested mounting this 300 lb. paper on a backing, rather than matting, so I was careful to maintain a deckled edge, which you can't see in this photo.
Today I return to the city with a friend for an afternoon of ballet. This one is a day trip with lunch at Absinthe's, a grand old institution. 


CrimsonLeaves said...

Hi Mary...I think you've got the ink and watercolor thing down much better than I do. I just used a Bic gel pen on mine. I love this style and I think YOUR work is what I would like to do more of myself.

Mary Paquet said...

Sherry, that is sweet of you to say, but I don't agree that I am better. Your ink and watercolor are wonderful.

Mary Paquet said...

The new owner just sent me a thank you upon receiving the package. Fran said, "Its so lovely! perfectly captured the vibe!." I am always relieved when someone likes the commissioned piece.

Barbra Joan said...

Wonderful, !!! and so happy that your client loved it..
Makes it so much sweeter .
Mary, you are one talented artist,
and I mean that sincerely. I always say your pastel work is great, then I see your collages, then your pen/ink.. LOL !
Barbra Joan...

Mary Paquet said...

Barbra Joan, you are so encouraging! Thanks a bunch. I look forward to doing ink and watercolor on our upcoming travels to Indochina area.