This photo taken by my dad is the reference I’m working from. In this memorial gift painting, there’s a lot more bright green than something I’m accustomed to. I’m not sure my pigments will get quite there, but it should be close now that I have some thyme on hand. The lake pigment from thyme gives me yellow, and the indigo gives the blue. Together, I can make green, and a fairly lightfast green, blue, or yellow as compared to many other plant sources for pigments.
For this memorial painting, I’m using a 5 x 7″ panel. I’m using handmade oil paints from local pigments with the exception of titanium and indigo. The rest of the colors are from sources gathered here at Wild Ozark. Eventually I’ll have a home-grown source for the blue oil paint, but I think woad will work better than indigo because of growing requirements for that plant.
I typically don’t use rulers or pencil to make initial sketches. And so my buildings are not quite right, architecturally. But, the imperfections and the earthy pigments give them a character more fitting to my style of painting things. When I painted Dr. Carter’s Office, a building at the Shiloh Museum in Lowell, it also was imperfect. At first that bothered me, but in the end, I liked the outcome. I do try to get as close to correct as I can, though. Rather than striving for perfection in this memorial painting, I’m aiming to capture the personality of the house and the memory of the person for the recipient of the painting.
Custom Memorial Paintings
If you’d like a painting to capture a memory, for yourself or to gift, I do take commissions. However, I am booked out for the rest of this year. New commissions won’t begin until after the start of 2024. A custom memorial painting doesn’t have to be a house. It could be landscape, pets, or anything your loved one treasured or whatever holds the memories for the recipient.