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Original watercolor by Peter Ferber


14 x 20 1/4 inches, 21 3/8 x 27 5/8 inches framed size

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This is another of those unexpected glimpses I get that only last a few moments when the light is just right. I’m always grateful for the access I’m given to these wonderful unassuming spots that have the inviting patina of years of summer living. The glow of late afternoon light on this dark interior, suggested this painting technique of applying an over all wash about midway through the process which gives an underlying deep mid-tone from which I can lift out the highlights and add darker areas that accentuate the sense of light. I positioned my viewpoint so that many of the key elements come together in a relatively small area in the center of the painting. The dried flowers, the sailboat, the throw, the magazines, the arm of the wicker chair, the door handle, among other things I wanted to feature, only occupy a small portion of the whole sheet. Then letting the detail at the edges dissolve into the background tone, creates a stronger image than if I had rendered everything equally all the way out. – Peter Ferber