Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Evergreen Cottage Folk Art Painting

I've decided that this cold is not going to get any better any time soon and I may as well get some painting done. "Evergreen Cottage" was listed on eBay this evening. Doctor's Camille and Clarence Rogers are both doctors in the local village. Many a night they have been called from the warmth of their home to call on a patient in need of care. They've lived in Evergreen Cottage for several years, which was handed down through a family of doctors on the Roger's side. Their humerous quote is "we cure 'em on kill 'em". Their love for their patients and friends is quite apparent through their gentle and committed care. Don't worry; their patients know they will get only the best of care.

In my sickly condition, this little story seemed appropriate! Wish I could find these doctors in my town. A "house call" from a doctor would be greatly appreciated right now! I'm sure by now everyone is tired of my constant whining, including my husband, who now has caught this cold. So, as I was painting, I photographed several different stage of this painting.

One of my readers left me a comment and asked how I kept my building so straight. Besides years and years of practice, the easiest way to paint smooth, straight buildings is by basecoating with several thin coats of paint. I always dip just one corner of my brush into water and then load the brush with paint from the outer edge of the puddle of paint and pressing down as I pull out of the puddle. This may take several coats, but gives a smoother basecoat and gives you better control when you don't have too much paint in the brush.

In the picture below, one coat of paint has been applied to the building. This will be the mortar color.

In this photo I have based the roof and have now stared painting the individual rocks.
This stage shows some shading on some of the stones.
Here you can see that the windows are based with the curtain color. The shutter and door area are based as well. The area between the curtains then is painted either black or yellow.
The curtains are shaded and the yellow areas are shaded too.
Thanks to all the well wishers and I promise not to keep whining!


  1. Hi Catherine, beautiful! Amazing, a house brought to life! Jenn and Jacqui

  2. Thank you for the step-by-step photos. It is a big help, and very inspiring to see the scene 'come to life'.
    I am sharing your cold with you, and hope we both get rid of it real soon.
    Take care,
    Teresa V

  3. Catherine, I am in absolute awe of your talent. You make it look sort of easy, but as someone who hasn't much artistic talent, I know it isn't. Beautiful, beautiful!

  4. Hi Catherine,
    I stopped over to check on you...and I was glad to see you are up and painting again. Ugh, your poor husband got it too now, figures...
    I love seeing your photos of how your paintings progress from nothing to something wonderful - love it.

  5. Thank you for visiting, Catherine, and I'm glad I found your site too. Being a writer, not one who can draw or paint, I so admire artists, and I love what you're doing. Callie is very cute and obviously much better behaved than our little herd of badnesses, because they get up and sit on the table with us--not to beg, just to socialize. Simon Q 'helps' me read the newspaper on a regular basis--by laying down in the middle of it!

    I hope you shake this cold soon--they're no fun at all, and somehow a winter cold--even in the more amenable climate of Missouri--is just that much worse.

    I'm adding your blog to my ever-growing list of must reads, too!

  6. I loved the step by step, showing all of the work going into this! What a wonderful painting.

  7. Catherine you are not only one of the most talented artists I have met online you are the sweetest! I wish you the best and May God bless you and your family! Hugging you! Carmen!


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