During this summer (2004), after Nearfest (a progressive music festival), we stayed one night at a wonderful bed and breakfast at- The Reynolds mansion in Belfonte Pennsylvanna. I got up at 6AM, tip-towed down the stairs armed with a sketchbook and drawing pencil and drew their music room looking out to the hallway. After starting another exterior scene for a Christmas card, I thought as I was sketching- `why not put a tree in this scene and make this the Christmas card. Yes, I'll lose some work, but this would be different after 3 exterior snow-filled scenes in a row.
I did a lot of changes during the transition from sketch to digital painting.
First- I redid the windows to be clear, devoid of drapes and added a snowy feel. Also aded stripes line by line to make a simple wallpaper.
Second- I added the Christmas tree where the Heidt's (the Innkeepers), have their stero system. I flattened a few walls, and added painting and stuff in the hall. As well as a large vase to the right of the sofa.
Thirdly, I added Ginger, our long-hair Persian cat. The kitten was made up to add balance to the composition.
The above image is only 1/5 the origianl size of the master image. I exclusively used the digital airbrush tool in Painter 8.
Every single graphic on these pages is copyrighted and original, created by me on an Amiga 4000 and Sony Pentium PC.
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