|Snowfall After Sunset|
14x11 inches, pastel on black construction paper
For whatever reason, I found it amazing, and got out my camera to get some quick reference photos. I've always liked the house across the street (it's two, actually) with its very cool design and double pointed roofs.
Okay, you can tell I don't paint buildings that often, and I usually find telephone poles and lines to be a bit of a visual blight on the landscape. But, this was different.
I made a few adjustments to the composition, but the fire hydrant, well, it had to stay. Not sure why, but it needs to be there. What you won't see, OTOH, are any hidden initials on the house or little curly wisps of smoke coming from the chimneys, although you can tell the neighbor peeps are probably home. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, it's probably just as well.
And, for giggles and grins, here's the reference photo I used. Not to showcase how much my house is off from the photo, or how I botched the perspective of the road, but to show that yes, even a really horrible photo (I call these "crapshots") can be used for a painting, so don't be quick to toss out the blurry ones if they otherwise contain information you can use: