Tag: architecture

winter house painting

White Christmas at the Château

winter house painting
©2016 Carolyn A Pappas, White Christmas at the Château. Watercolor and white gouache, 8 x 8 inches.

Recently I got the chance to work on some album artwork for my good friend Robert Louis. He just released his brand new collection of instrumental jazzy Christmas songs, A Robert Louis Christmas. I’ve been playing it in the background and wishing for the semester break.

This was a fun and challenging painting to make with all the architecture, snow and monochromatic values. I love winter scenes!

Check out Robert Louis on facebook, listen for free on SoundCloud, or download the album on cdbaby.

Cottage sketch by Carolyn A Pappas

Sketchbook Roundup

Here is a compilation of my recent sketchbooks for your enjoyment. I’ve been really trying to keep a regular sketchbook habit as it is the single best thing I know of for stress relief and relaxation. Plus, I’ve been lucky to have a lot of fresh flowers in the house. Right now I’m really busy with Christmas prep and having a great time with it.

Cottage sketch by Carolyn A Pappas
©2015 Carolyn A Pappas, Cottage Sketch. Ink and watercolor in large moleskine.
zinnia drawing by Carolyn A Pappas
©2015 Carolyn A Pappas, Zinnia. Faber Castell PITT Pens in large moleskine.
island drawing by Carolyn A Pappas
©2015 Carolyn A Pappas, Island (12-1-2015). Ink and watercolor in large moleskine.
Shoreline Sketch by Carolyn A Pappas
©2015 Carolyn A Pappas, Shoreline Sketch (12-3-2015). Ink and watercolor in large moleskine.
Peonies drawing by Carolyn A Pappas
©2015 Carolyn A Pappas, Pink and White Peonies (12-4-2015). Ink and watercolor in large moleskine.
African Violets sketch
©2015 Carolyn A Pappas, African Violets (12-10-2015). Ink in large moleskine.
Tulips drawing by Carolyn A Pappas
©2015 Carolyn A Pappas, Tulips (12-15-2015). Ink and watercolor pencil in large moleskine.
Front Door watercolor

At Grandma’s

Front Door watercolor
©2015 Carolyn A Pappas, At Grandma’s. Watercolor, 8 x 5.75 inches.

This painting was a challenge for me, and I almost quit midway through, but I am glad I persisted. Windows and doors have always been an interest of mine, but they certainly take a lot of patience. This particular door is special to me, as it is the entrance to a lovingly hand built house that has been central to many childhood memories — Grandma’s house.

christmas door drawing

Merry Christmas

christmas door drawing
Carolyn A Pappas, Festive Old Door. Ink and colored pencil, apx. 7 x 5 inches.

I would like to wish everyone a lovely and stress-free Christmas. I am having a wonderful time with my family this year, and my daughter, who is 3, is so much fun at her age. I did not buy her too many toys, but instead only a few nice ones.

This drawing is what I used for my Christmas card this year, based on this Creative Commons licensed photograph. Because I used this photo for a reference, I will release my drawing under the same license for other people to use as they would like. Feel free to download the high resolution version on flickr.

I used a dip pen and colored pencil and it has a whimsical feel that I enjoy. When I was working on this drawing, I was reminded of an assignment I had in a pen and ink class I took once, to draw a doorway. Breaking out the dip pens was also a rewarding experience, and I was reminded of all the advantages of the dip pen, mainly the variation that is possible in line width. Drawing with a dip pen is also a slower process for me, and I find it more relaxing.