Looking for a perfect hotel or wedding venue in Spain? Hotel Cortijo Bravo in Velez-Malaga was the wedding venue I drew recently. It was presented as a wedding gift for a couple who married there from one of the wedding guests. The hotel lies on Malaga´s Axarquia coast and apparently has amazing views of the surrounding landscape set within the Avacado plantations stretching out to the Mediterranean Sea.
It was interesting building to draw because I don't often get the chance often to draw or paint Mediterranean style buildings. At first I thought it might prove a challenge because of the relatively simple building form and white-washed walls, but including the strong Spanish shadows and unique building details helped to add enough depth to make the drawing work.
Typical Spanish roof tiles and balcony railings added nice detail too. And the tropical planting by the elegant entrance helped add variety to the simple lines of the building drawing.
I drew the tiles along the ramp with the hard pencil relief method I often use for brickwork on typical British houses. This involves drawing the lighter mortar joints first, with a hard 2H pencil with just enough pressure to leave a slight indentation in the drawing paper. I then use much softer ( and darker) 6B to 8B pencil to draw over the top of these mortar joint lines which only leaves a pencil mark on the higher relief areas of the paper and not in the mortar joint lines that were drawn with the 2H pencil.
Looking for a picture of your wedding venue, or an anniversary gift?
A drawing or painting of the wedding venue makes a nice idea for a wedding gift to remember the special day. A sketch of the wedding venue, or an interesting building detail could also make for a unique finishing touch to thank you cards for the wedding guests for example. If you are looking to have something special drawn or painted for your wedding day then why not get in touch to discuss your ideas. I recent client reminded me too that the 1st wedding anniversary is symbolized by 'paper', and a drawing of your wedding venue on paper makes a nice traditional 1st anniversary gift idea too!
Southlands Residential Care Home in Bolton has just celebrated its 25 years anniversary and I was commissioned to paint this watercolour house portrait of the home for the owner as a surprise present.
Southlands has been a family run business for the last 25 years so it was nice to commemorate the anniversary with this painting. Here are a few close up details of the watercolour:
The house portrait now hangs proudly on the wall with the owner who was thrilled to bits when she received the portrait. It's always nice to get positive feedback from clients especially to hear the reactions when a portrait is given as a gift.