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Art of the Day: Wednesday September 23, 2009

Victorian Rooftop

- by Kari Tirrell

This week's theme: On the House

noun /howss/ 1. a building for human habitation.

- Oxford English Dictionary

Art: Victorian Rooftop by Artist Kari Tirrell
I painted this for the Different Strokes From Different Folks blog. Generally, I donít choose to paint buildings (if I have to pull out my ruler, it usually isnít fun), so it was with a fair amount of reluctance that I approached this painting. Luckily, I was able to paint it fairly quickly.

I had a tiny piece of La Carte paper (a sample that came in the box with my Sennelier pastels) which I decided to use for this piece. I cropped the photo reference to minimize the number of windows I would have to paint. I started out drawing with a pastel pencil, but quickly realized I was going to have to use a regular drawing pencil and a ruler if I were to achieve a decent level of accuracy. Once the tedious drawing was completed, the painting part was actually fun.

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