A Victorian from the 1800s.

Early this week, I worked on a commissioned piece. A beautiful Victorian, right here in San Jose, California. My favorite kind of commissioned work is where I can work on location like I did here.

It was a blustery day with the sun coming in and out of the clouds. The day had so many moods, I had to do more than one piece. And though the angle on these two sketches isn’t that different, the mood shifted from a cloudy day with sunshine in little patches to a truly sunny day. In both pieces I tried capturing the mood of the house at that instance.



That new blue in the sky? Daniel Smith’s Cobalt Teal Blue. I’m liking the blues I can mix up by using it in combination with Ultramarine Blue, but we’ll have to see if it replaces the Cerulean Blue that’s been in my palette forever.

There’s not a big difference between when I work on a commissioned piece or just work on location. And I love that, because it means I don’t have to switch styles and I can enjoy mixing and splattering as usual. One little difference is that with my own work, I never touch a piece once I am not on location (more about that in this post). But with commissioned pieces, I will re-look at them when I am back in my studio.

steve_added_compareOn the left is where I stopped working on location. On the right, a bit more depth and shadows to push back that porch, some red trim around the windows to punch them forward, and a few separation highlights.


About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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8 Responses to A Victorian from the 1800s.

  1. I love the drama of these, especially the first one. I think seeing the side of the building gives it that extra volume. Also love the tree on the left with all the colours and the negative shapes. So which is the final one for the commission?


  2. Sherry Rix says:

    Oh my gosh, I absolutely love the first one – so much movement and energy in the painting!


  3. Adore the expression and energy in your sketches


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  5. Wow! This are so impressive!! I love them, particularly the one with the but if side view. Those are some lucky homeowners. Masterful work!! 😍


  6. wendymuldon says:

    Looks simply cautivating. I could look at it for hours!


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