Large Scale Harbor View: Hvar, Croatia

by Lydia Marie Elizabeth in

After my City Series, which were all at petite sizes of 5.5" x 7.7" ish, I wanted to try my hand at a larger scale format.
Most of my commissions range between 8" x 10" to 16" x 20," so my hands are trained to andrefined at this scale, and as I prepare for a grander series which also focuses on American Architecture over the coming summer, I'm interested in adapting my style and sense of detail to a larger format.

I must admit that the petite scale of my City Series really suited me, because it allowed me to labor over the details without the overall painting's completion taking too long.  Each piece taking me only a few sessions to get them perfected.

This 26" x 40" painting took more sessions, and to be entirely honest, I would have liked to do even more details in the distance.  The houses are technically large enough I could paint people in the windows washing laundry, or kitty cats bathing in the sun.  But that wasn't the focus of the painting, and to make it personal for it's purpose, it is void of human forms.

This is a town portrait of the island of Hvar, Croatia, completed for my husband's 32nd Birthday this past week.  It was one of our favorite spots along our tour of the country, and has recently become a hot spot for touring millennials. 
Chyea, I know. We are totes so hip.


Favorite Christmas Commissions: A Very Southern Wedding

by Lydia Marie Elizabeth in

Since my last post revolved around all the nostalgia that is New England's landscape, I feel it is only fair to also consider the nostalgia and delicate elements of the southern charm as well.

Meet Chaney Widmer! She is the owner of Mix and Match Design Company and she is also a neighbor of mine. Chaney and I actually have quite a bit in common-- she grew up really close to me in Virginia, is involved with Focus, loves interior design, and happens to also live in the same neighborhood as my husband and I do in Philadelphia! Chaney and her husband, Charlie, celebrated a family wedding in November last year and Chaney commissioned an Architectural portrait of the couple's wedding venue, Merrimon-Wynne House in Raleigh, North Carolina for Christmas. 

Here are some photos Chaney shared with me from their visit! Chaney is such a southern lady and her husband is a New Englander---Aren't they the cutest!?

I love getting to see what fun and special moments my clients and friends share with me for commissions.
I was also particularly charmed by all the architectural detailing of the home and by the way the trees resonate against the sky.  They are so clear and soft-- even the wind has a little southern drawl as it sways though the soft colors of the greenery.

On my list in 2017 is to do several tree studies throughout the course of the day. To study how the light hits in the morning, afternoon, and evening--and I'm hoping to also compare southern light on Carolina Pines and the summer's northern light on some Connecticut Oak trees.

Here's the final product! Make sure to check out how darling Chaney is and all the fun she is up to on her site- who knows- you maybe just found your match for your next interiors project!