Casual Family Portrait Painting Commission


I composed this painting of a family enjoying a summer vacation on the dock of their cottage in Muskoka using several photographs of different sizes: the cottage, the dock, the Muskoka chairs and individual photos for each family member. It was quite the challenge to get the sizes of each item in the right proportion, perspective and lighting to unify the different elements of this painting and make the scene look natural.

It would have been much easier to paint this scene using a single photograph with a single light source and proportionate elements as reference; however, this was just not available. The family did not take many photographs and, at the time that I was entrusted to paint this family heirloom, sadly, one of the parents was deceased and the boy had grown up. By scanning at least eight different photos of various sizes into the computer, I was able to arrange and rearrange and resize each element until I was satisfied with the composition. I could then use this "image combo" as a basic reference with proportionate sizes of each element for my detailed pencil drawing on canvas. When it came time to do the actual painting, I had to choose a single light source so that all the shadows would be consistent in order to create a unified natural looking scene.

To add to the degree of difficulty of the project was that the medium chosen was watercolor which meant that once the paint was on the watercolor canvas, it was there to stay. In addition, white paint should never be used in a watercolor painting. The white that you see is the white of the canvas so that, if you want to keep certain areas white or very light, this has to be planned and mapped out in advance.

Although this was a difficult and challenging project, I thoroughly enjoyed the process. I love it when a painting comes together!





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Family Portrait





Hanne Lore Koehler:

To all the outstanding contemporary artists below who took the time to visit my website and comment on my work, I am deeply touched by your generous comments and warm welcome into the international community of artists hosted by Fine Art America! Your overwhelming support and selfless promotion are heart-warming. I am honored to get to know you through your art.


Comments by other artists:

Ray Shrewsberry
Austin, TX - United States
Hanne - you are so super talented!! So beautiful!! l/f

Jerry Bokowski
Vail, AZ - United States
Hanne, YOU and Steve Hanks are my favorite water color artists EVER. This is mind blowingly great. Perfection in every way. Not enough adjectives in the English language to begin to describe this!........FAVE / LOVE

Mah FineArt
Cologne, No - Germany
A Masterfull work from Hanne. EXCELLENT Artwork. F/V/TW

Mary Deal
Honolulu, HI - United States
What a sweet scene. So realistic. Your ability at detail is wondrous.

Mary Machare
Mequon, WI - United States
What a marvelous family portrait, Hanne! You capture people so well in your paintings. LF P T G+ FB

Zina Stromberg
Nalcrest, FL - United States
Excellent details, very beautiful artwork, Hanne! l,f,t,g+

Reynold Jay
Saginaw, Mi - United States
Hi Lore, You did well to give this one all your careful attention and it turned out beautiful. I can imagine the great joy for everyone when it was completed.

Katy Mei
Poole, Do - United Kingdom
Love the way you work out this painting! I tried pick up my brush other day... I need my teacher back! Wish you can teach me. :-)

Michele Myers
Paradise, CA - United States
Loved reading your account of how you did this amazing family portrait and landscape, Hanne! You did a fantastic job of uniting the elements and fixing the light direction and such skillful draughtsmanship - L/F!

Amy Vangsgard
Los Angeles, CA - United States
The figures and details are done to perfection! L/F

Debbie Portwood
Harievill, MO - United States
This is really beautiful!! What a wonderful place that would be to live or spend summers! f/love/pin!! :D

Bruce Bley
Galt, Il - United States
Superb painting, Hanne!! I love looking through your galleries. It makes me want to pick up my brushes and get back to watercolor painting. Love your work!! F/L/fb/t

Mike Nahorniak
Peyton, CO - United States
Now that had to take a significant amount of time to get the details so perfect...absolutely phenomenal A+++ work! F/V

Sennie Pierson
Blue Springs, MO - United States
such amazing detail, such talent, what a blessing!!

Linda Simon
Homer, NY - United States
Just wonderful Hanne, as always, your work is top quality!

Marguerite Ujvary Taxner
Desert Hot Springs, CA - United States
Hanne, all of your paintings are beautiful, excellent. Are you illustrating books? Marguerite

Rosemary Colyer
Malaga, An - Spain
I am overwhelmed by the stunning quality of your work, Hanne! You truly are a master! L/F

I J T SON OF JESUS
Dubai, DE - United Arab Emirates
Amazing painting and very happy atmosphere. Vote 40

Linda Phelps
Austin, TX - United States
F/V Very outstanding details in this paining! The people are so well done they almost look like photographs, Love the cabing, forest and steps in the background which help to tell the story of this family have a great day togehter.

Sue Smith
Sandy, UT - United States
Amazing detail!!! Your story of putting this together makes it even more fabulous, Hanne!!! Love everything about it!!! v/f/t/g+/fb

Emily Maynard
Roanoke, VA - United States
WOW, Hanne, this sis incredible! One of my favorites of yours!!!

Phyllis Beiser
Pass Christian, MS - United States
Absolutely phenominal work!!! V/F

Donna Kennedy
Reno, NV - United States
Excellent Summer portrait Hanne, it's so alive I feel as if I'm there!...f/v34

Cyril Maza
Houston, TX - United States
Excellent painting! v

LEANNE SEYMOUR
WEST RYDE, NS - Australia
Fabulous work......and yes I know how tricky it can be using watercolour, so amazing effort and well done! f/v

Len Stomski
Cheshire, MA - United States
Fantastic results for a most difficult assignment Hanne, Hats off to you my friend. v/f

Nina Fosdick
Mena, AR - United States
Absolutely beautiful creation! Well worth all the time you must have put into this excellent image. vf

David and Carol Kelly
Cedar Hill, TX - United States
Awesome work.

Joan Carroll
Fort Worth, TX - United States
nicely done! v

Nava Jo Thompson
Bentonville, AR - United States
Hanne---I love the details that you put into your paintings. I would love to walk up those steps and look out from the deck. Beautiful--and fun painting---you do wonders with trees. Your description is interesting too. fave/voted

Randy Rosenberger
Iola, WI - United States
It is a true honor to display and promote your exemplary artwork on the FEATURED ARTWORK page of the Wisconsin Flowers and Scenery group site. Your outstanding prowess and presentation in your works is very worthy of the highest of accolades, and I am honored to have your works of beauty on our site and to have you as an active member of our family of friends and fine artists here in the WFS group. Forever, Elvis

Gail Matthews
Orillia, On - Canada
Hanne, your art has such "Heart". Thank you for this memory from my childhood. Cheers ! f/v

Belinda Low
Singapore, SG - Singapore
Hanne - Sweet sweet memories captured in this beautiful work! Love this! f.v

Marcia Colelli
Massillon, OH - United States
Fantastic family scene. It brings back memories of being at my sister's house in Florida when our children were young. f/v

Catalina Lira
Palma De Mallorca - Spain
Hanne, awesome work that is full of happiness! F/V!

Joe Zachariah
Pune, M - India
You are right, right from the house in the background to the reel in the boy's hand, the scale and size is different for each item. I was just gazing at the painting and wondering how and from where you started. Simply great and beautiful. F.

Zulfiya Stromberg
Nalcrest, FL - United States
Very beautiful painting, work! V

Jim Fitzpatrick
South San Francisco, CA - United States
Stunning work and scene! You've captured a place I'd love to go and people one who want to know! F/V

AnnaJo Vahle
Merritt Island, Fl - United States
You achieved such a wonderful painting. The family ought to have been delighted with this work of art. I understand what you mean about using different light sources and doing it with watercolor. I note that this is, also quite a large painting. Absolutely stunning! f/v

Anne Lacy
Chicago, IL - United States
beautiful watercolor and such an amazing story behind this :)..You definitely succeeded in creating a wonderful image of the family, what amazing talent you have!..I am sure they were very pleased!! v/f/t and G+ :)

Dorothy S Guinn
Savannah, Tn - United States
I love all of your work, stunning!!!

Sandi Muminovic
Boise, ID - United States
Beautiful artwork! v/f

Guy Ricketts
Livonia, MI - United States
What a wonderful painting! It really looks as though they all had sat for you together. You did an amazing job here, Hanne, your hard work really paid off. f/v

William Ohanlan
Riverside, nj - United States
you did an amazing job of this, what a treasure, it all came together beautifully !

Cindy Nunn
Simi Valley, CA - United States
Beautiful! Reminds me of kinder, gentler times.

Jeffrey Koss
Ebensburg, PA - United States
Very good painting Hanne

Bob Orsillo
Auburn, ME - United States
Hanne, I get inspired every time I visit your gallery. Your attention to every detail is astounding. Very fine art!

Ilona Tigges - Goetze
Attendorn, NR - Germany
This is a wonderful and very gorgeous painting, Hanne Lore!

Celene Terry
Enchanted Oaks, TX - United States
I use photo references frequently in painting and have combined two but not multiple images. You have such a gift, Hanne!

Julie Brugh Riffey
Salem, VA - United States
Wow- you DID do a remarkable job. I know what it is like to take multiple photos to try to combine in one piece. It is a lot of work. You did a great job. Sad that one of the parents passed away, but your work will allow them to live on in that family by being in sight every day. I know the family was pleased.

Tim Allen
Seattle, WA - United States
WOW!!! My hat is off to you, Hanne. This is outstanding. Loved the story behind it as well as the setting. You did a masterful job. I think Joy put it succinctly in comparing it to Norman Rockwell. F/V/SU

Joy DiNardo Bradley DiNardo Designs
Omaha, NE - United States
I love places like this on the lake and your Norman Rockwell approach to this painting! Yes, Watercolor...challenging and beautiful at the same time!! Nice work!

Marsha Elliott
Covington, Oh - United States
This is so phenomenal... wow!

Patricia Taylor
Jacksonville, FL - United States
Wow! Another masterpiece. F/V

Robin-lee Vieira
Rehoboth, MA - United States
Superb work!!!

Colette Hera Guggenheim
Viborg - Denmark
Hey Hanne Love your work ,will feature it as soon I se get to it in the Group,have and are woorking pt at home as turtle ,as loeds of works of mine needs to get out around ,I miss you all ,F/V aswell ,lovely story aswell that comes with your new Art Work!





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