Long last, it is finished. This painting is of the Thomas Jefferson/McKim, Mead, and White designed Rotunda at the University of Virginia. My sister had approached me to complete a painting for her beau for Christmas and he is an alum of UVa. I wasn’t sure if the subject was ultimately going to succeed — I have tried buildings with columns (ionic or corinthian) in the past with limited to no success (see my non-existent painting of the Lincoln Memorial). So, I gave it a try. She loves it. I think it turned out pretty good. However, it was very time consuming. I did enjoy the way the lime green (brick) played against the purple (limestone).
Yes, the sky is white because I was afraid adding another color into the painting would detract from the main subject. Alas — it is finished. Thoughts?! I would like to do it again in my favorite set of contrasting colors — blue and orange.
Updated November 10, 2011 — Decided to change the blue trees and landscaping into orange. I like it a ton better!