Yellow Porto House was done from one of my trips to lovely Porto. It’s a rustic, gritty and hilly (but never silly) old city that has a lot of charm and history. One of my favorite things to do in Porto is just walking around and taking every sight, smell and hint of Portuguese food in through my senses. There’s always something new to discover every time I visit. Last time I visited Porto, I went to the Gaiya section, which really is the tourist part of town along the river. And it’s quite nice as you might expect. Lots of new and old shops, filled with antiques and local crafts. Personally, I can’t get enough of the Ginja (cherry liquor) in a small chocolate edible cup that’s so divine, it yells out, “here I am, now we can celebrate!”.
So after my short affair in that part of town, I walked in the quiet parts of the neighborhood nearby. I love the old homes and the way the tiles and rooftops just have its own character. The old homes are the true personalities of Porto. When I came across a yellow house on a short and narrow path, I was in awe. I had to stop and marvel the beauty surrounding it. The house in-between two other buildings. But even more, the view ahead of the house. The Porto Eifel bridge, built by the same guy who built the Eifel tower in France in the distance. The natural blue skies with the fluffy clouds from an old Portuguese storybook, it all made for the perfect setting of my next painting.
I used my limited palette of colors on an orange background along with a sketch of the scenes. I knew ahead that the yellow house was the main focal point and the lightest object, and the path in front would be the darkest. Painting the river and its bridges in the background, I had to lighten up so they would recede in the distance. I used limited brushstrokes for the yellow house and that turned out great. I got expressive with the rooftop and added the stones for the walls in the foreground. There was a lot going on, but also a lot of variety. And the angles of perspective helped. So glad I did this one, it was fun and can’t wait to do the next one!