"Back Door, Bellevue House" 11"x 14" O/P
Bellevue House is the former home of Canada's first Prime Minster, Sir John A. MacDonald and has been restored to the 1840's period. It is a National Historic Site and is open to the general public.
The painting was created on a gesso prepared panel and covered with a reddish coat of acrylic paint. Some of this ground coat may be seen through the initial covering of oil paint in certain areas of the panel..
As it was a bright sunny day, my thought was to exaggerate the light and darken the shadow areas that I saw in the subject. I may have pushed the envelope a little far in both the light and shadow areas. After living with the paintings for a few days, I now feel that the shadows could have been a few values lighter. Just a little less contrast.
The palette for this painting was my usual limited palette. In addition to it, I also added Veridian and Raw Sienna as the painting progressed.
In spite of the heavy shadows, at the time I felt that the painting had more"umph" or "life" if you will. I was happy with it even knowing that some values had to be altered later, in the studio.
Hope that you like it !