This house is in Thurmont, Maryland and I photographed it on one of my rural vacation trips in 2006. I only did this drawing last night. By the pure standards of Urban Sketchers or illustrator James Gurney and his school of thought, this is inauthentic non-art. But I have had to compromise. I love the old houses, but I don't have the time to sit and sketch them. So I photograph them for later use in a drawing. Even that is somewhat dodgy, because technically it is illegal for me to photograph a private house without the owner's permission. I am not sure what the legal status of an artistic sketch is. I would love to have the time to just sit and sketch these old houses in Maryland and Virginia villages, and maybe someday I'll buy me some by staying a few days nearby in a bed and breakfast or something. But for now this is the result.
I assure you that if I were really sitting on the site drawing this house, and I had enough time, my drawing would look just about the same. I have done countless studies like this. I do the drawing in brown or black ink with a Pitt technical pen (I used to use an inefficient and gloppy Rapidograph). Then I indicate colors, or color it in, with watercolor pencil. Later, I bring it into the studio and activate the watercolor pencil with water and finish it off with touches of watercolor. I intend to do a whole lot of these small pictures because I just discovered a cache of small pieces of good watercolor board that I didn't want to go to waste. This picture is about 6" x 8", ink and watercolor on illustration board.