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House Portraits #300Z

Watercolor house portraits #300Z pen & ink drawing with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.

This article is about watercolor and pen & ink house portraits #300Z, for Elizabeth Henning, and written by artist and United States Navy Veteran, Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery ~ the house portrait is done first as a pencil drawing and then a pen & ink, which comes with JPEG & PDF scans for making prints. Congratulations Elizabeth Henning!

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Photo

This is the front of the home.

Photo of a home for a house portrait by Stephen F. Condren.
Photo of a home for a house portrait.

Watercolor house portraits #300Z

Home drawings

This lovely Georgian house has been commissioned by Elizabeth Henning of her home. Because the commission entails to works of art, one in watercolor, and the other in pen & ink, it was a great way to do one in color and the other in pen & ink. The two pieces are of the same house but from different angles. The perspective of these renderings will be discussed below.

Pencil Drawing For Watercolor House Portraits #300Z

Below are two pencil drawings of the Henning home. The top sketch is of the façade, and coach entry of the home. This is truly and grand old estate and beautiful in every way. The proportions, the scale, and the position on the lot are all well done.

Of course the pencil drawings lay out the foundation of the house portrait, much like the basement of a house.

Pencil house portrait by artist Stephen F. Condren.
Pencil house portrait.
Pencil house portrait by artist Stephen F. Condren.
Pencil house portrait.
  • Clinker Stylus Sketch

The pencil drawing

Pen & Ink Drawing

  • Stylus Sketch

The pen & ink drawings below show the façade and side of the home. This property is located on a corner lot and it really showcases the architecture. I have employed the use of hatching and cross-hatching to bring out the shade and shadows of the home.

The nice thing about doing a drawing of a home like this is that you cannot go wrong. Because no matter how you draw it, the rendering always look great because of the beauty of the home. Most importantly, I always find it a challenge to get a simple suburban ranch to look like this!

Pen & ink house portrait
Pen & ink house portrait.
Pen & ink house portrait with prints.
Pen & ink house portrait.

Watercolor

  • Painting

The watercolor rendering is the final product and I have to say that it look just grand! This house is truly a lady of grace and high station.

Watercolor house portrait by artist Stephen F. Condren, with prints.
Watercolor house portrait

Scans

  • JPEG & PDF

Scans of house portraits #300Z are available in JPEG or PDF formats for making prints, note cards, or posters.

Condren Galleries Ltd. for watercolor house portraits #300Z

  • Fine Arts Gallery

Condren Galleries is pleased to have been to participate in the execution of watercolor house portraits #300Z.

Stephen F. Condren for watercolor house portraits #300Z

  • Artist

As an artist I have made watercolor house portraits #300Z a staple of my architectural rendering works.

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Watercolor house portraits #300Z pen & ink drawing with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.

House Portraits

Matted house portrait by artist Stephen F. Condren.
Matted house portrait by artist Stephen F. Condren.

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American Legion Drawing #297Z

American Legion drawing #297Z pen & ink drawing with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.

With honor, this article is about American Legion Drawing #297Z and prints of Veterans at American Legion Post 867, Mundelein, Illinois, and written by artist and United States Navy Veteran, Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery. Congratulations American Legion Post 867!

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Location

American Legion Post, Mundelein, Illinois

Pencil Drawing For American Legion Drawing #297Z

  • Clinker Stylus Sketch

The pencil drawing below is a very quick study of my follow Veterans at American Legion Post 867, in Mundelein. This time was near the close of our weekly coffee and so I quickly jotted down the images that were before me. You can see Arty still sitting and reading at the table, while others are gathering for their last few words before leaving.

There was not enough time to get an account of their faces or facial expressions, but I did have time to capture the mood. When I first thought about this drawing I was not going to do it because I knew that people were already up and leaving. With so short of an amount of time, I thought that it would not be worth proceeding. However, the spirit moved me, and I picked up my pencil and started to draw!

Rendering

I am so glad that I did take the time to do the drawing, for in those last few minutes I captured a moment in history now forever gone. The drawing is full of life and character, with movement all about it.

The best drawings are not necessarily the finished, polished renderings, but often times the quick studies.

Pencil drawing of American Legion members of Post 867.
Pencil drawing of American Legion members of Post 867.

Scans

  • JPEG & PDF

Scans of American Legion drawing #297Z are available in JPEG or PDF formats for making prints, note cards, or posters.

Condren Galleries Ltd. For American Legion Drawing #297Z

  • Fine Arts Gallery

Condren Galleries is pleased to have been to participate in the execution of American Legion drawing.

Stephen F. Condren For American Legion Drawing #297Z

  • Artist

As an artist I have made American Legion drawing a staple of my pencil drawing works.

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American Legion drawing #297Z pen & ink drawing with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.

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Grayslake Exchange Club ~ Food Frenzy #299Z

Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.

This article is about the Grayslake Exchange Club’s Food Frenzy #299Z, an annual event that raises money for distressed families and children, and written by artist and United States Navy Veteran, Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery. Congratulations Grayslake Exchange Club!

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Location

College of Lake County, Saturday, 5/12/2019, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Offerings

Food, drinks, snacks, and lots of fun! As a new member to the Grayslake chapter of the Exchange Club I have to say that I was very impressed. I had just become a member this last Thursday and I cannot express to you how pleased I was with the graciousness shown to me, as though I had been around for a long time. These people really know how to make you feel at home.

With this kind of favor I could not help but offer my services to the setting up of the Food Frenzy this coming Saturday. So at 8:00 AM I was at the site ready to assist. Club members were coming in with their pickups and vans filled with tents and tables that would be used to put the event in order.

I also had the honor to meet Scot Warren, the National President of the Exchange Club for 2018 & 2019! But do not be fooled, Scot was pitching in like everyone else, by lifting tables, chairs, tents!

Weather

The weather during setup was overcast but fine. There was no rain and the temperature was nice. You only needed a light jacket. At 10:00 AM when my shift had ended I had to depart to do my services at the First Holy Communion for the Second Graders at St. Gilbert’s Parish, in Grayslake.

Later in the afternoon, after the church event I came back to check on things. The weather was getting cooler and a bit of raid started to set in. But this did not stop the program. There were a lot of people in attendance and people were enjoying themselves.

At the end of the day I returned to help take down. It was a pleasure to work with such fine, friendly, and good natured people.

Food Frenzy #299Z

Hosted by the Grayslake Exchange Club

The People

Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
The Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Fest 2019.
1, Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Fest 2019.
Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
2, Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
3, Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
4, Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
Zack Steiner ~ Artist
Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
6, Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
7, Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
Travis telling me to pay up or get out!
Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
9, Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
10, Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
11, Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
12, Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
13, Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
Mike Steiner
Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
14, Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.
15, Exchange Club of Grayslake Food Frenzy 2019.

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Photos For Food Frenzy #299Z

I took the photos that appear in this article. Please feel free to make copies from this site.

Condren Galleries is pleased to have been to participate in the execution of Food Frenzy #299Z.

Stephen F. Condren Food Frenzy #299Z

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As an artist I have made Food Frenzy #299Z a place to be and get ideas for drawing.

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Food Frenzy #299Z pen & ink drawing with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.

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American Legion Drawing #296Z

American Legion drawing #296Z pen & ink drawing with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.

With honor, this article is about American Legion Drawing #296Z and prints of Veterans at American Legion Post 867, Mundelein, Illinois, and written by artist and United States Navy Veteran, Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery. Congratulations American Legion Post 867!

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Location

American Legion Post 867, Mundelein, Illinois.

Genre

Live, on the spot pencil drawing.

Pencil Drawing For American Legion Drawing #296Z

  • Clinker Stylus Sketch

The pencil drawing is of my Veteran colleagues at American Legion Post 867. We gather every Wednesday morning from 8:00 unto 10:00 AM for coffee and camaraderie. While we are conversing, I take my pencil and paper and draw.

It is not my desire to draw all the details of the scene or the room. My focus or intention is on the moving figures. In the drawing, which you can see below, I had to draft the first impressions immediately. This can be seen by the very fine, light swirling lines underneath the darker lines. There are there to catch the size, scale, and proportion of the figures.

Movement

Since the figures are moving I have to act quickly to catch their features. The person looking away from us is Marty talking with Fred. Behind Fred, reading a paper, and wearing a ball cap, at the table is Arty. I have made use of contour lines to capture the figures of the gentlemen and then set them against a backdrop of rapid shadow lines.

American Legion drawing #296Z pen & ink drawing with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.
Pencil drawing of American Legion members of Post 867.

Pen & Ink Drawing

  • Stylus Sketch

The pen & ink drawing

Watercolor

  • Painting

The watercolor rendering.

Scans

  • JPEG & PDF

Scans of American Legion drawing #296Z are available in JPEG or PDF formats for making prints, note cards, or posters.

Condren Galleries Ltd. for American Legion Drawing #296Z

  • Fine Arts Gallery

Condren Galleries is pleased to have been to participate in the execution of American Legion drawing.

Stephen F. Condren for American Legion Drawing #296Z

  • Artist

As an artist I have made American Legion drawing.

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American Legion drawing #296Z pen & ink drawing with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.

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Mundelein Police Honor Veterans #289Z

Veterans honored by Mundelein Police #289Z pen & ink drawing with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.

Veterans Appreciation Dinner Sponsored By Mundelein Police Department

With highest honor, this article is about the Mundelein Police Department sponsoring the Veterans Appreciation Dinner #289Z, written by artist and United States Navy Veteran, Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery. Congratulations Mundelein Police Department!

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Location

Carl Sandburg Middle School, Mundelein, Illinois

Veterans Honored By Mundelein Police #289Z

Families, Staff, and students of Mundelein High School, and Carl Sandburg Middle School give their time, energy, and talent to deliver to all Veterans an outstanding Appreciation Dinner.

Sponsor

The Mundelein After School Coalition paid for this dinner with donations and fundraising.

Photographs

Credit for all photography is honorable given to Mundelein Police Officer Dan Gorski.

My Account Of The Veterans Appreciation Dinner By Mundelein Police #289Z

I arrived at the dinner at 5:30 and the doors were opened welcoming me. When I entered Carl Sandburg Middle School I was greeted by Officers of the Mundelein Police Department and students from both Mundelein High School and Carl Sandburg Middle School. With a greeting such as this it is difficult not to be impressed.

The entire entry and dining area was decorated with red white, and blue ribbons, flags, flowers and more. On the side as a table that displayed the battle equipment used by the military for our defense.

Most of the table were set with different American Legion Posts or other Veteran organizations. Since many of the Veterans know each other from their posts it made it easy to be comfortable and enjoy the evening.

Program & Prayer

After everyone had arrived a gentleman from the American Legion addressed everyone and gave a talk and the meaning of what it is to be a Veteran and our time of recognition to all veterans here. He then went on to talk about the table set with no people, explaining that this table was for the Veterans that were no longer with us, and that a candle was lit in their honor.

After the speech a prayer was said to God in thanks and gratitude. After this the speaker ask for each branch of the military to stand up. This was done service by service. Following this the speaker then asked for the servicemen & women of each war era to stand, starting with World War II.

Dining Area

The entire school cafeteria was used for hosting this event. There were large round tables with settings of eight and at the east end a large long table for 30 was set for the Lake County Veterans & Family Services. There were large balloons and streamers stemming from the balloons and flanking out along the ceiling to the corners. It all looked so very fine.

The Dinner

Alter the pray people started table by table to go to the center where there were hors d’ oeuvres being offered. While the people were students from Mundelein High School went from table to table taking orders. They offered us choices from the menu, which can be seen below.

Veterans from all over Lake County came for the dinner, including those from the James A. Lovell Health Care Center at Great Lakes Naval Base. It was an honor to behold all these people.

Mundelein After School Coalition and Police Department ~ Thank you!

Menu for Veterans Appreciation Dinner from the Mundelein Police Department.
Menu for Veterans Appreciation Dinner from the Mundelein Police Department.

The People

Veteran organizations

Mundelein Police Veterans Appreciation Dinner with artist Stephen F. Condren.
1. Paul Baffico, Stephen F. Condren, George R. Gandara
People in line at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
2. Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
People being served at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
3. Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
A woman working at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
4. Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
People being served at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
5, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Veterans sitting at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
6, Peter Kristan with a fellow World War II Veteran.
Sgt. George R. Gandara at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
7, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Veterans cars and boats pulling up to the dinner.
8, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Mundelein police officers serving veterans.
9, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Severs at Mundelein Veterans Dinner.
10, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Veterans sitting at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
11, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Veterans sitting at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
12, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Veterans sitting at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
13, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Police Officer Rachel Messina and colleagues.
14, Officer Rachel Messina with friends.

Police Offering Service

Veterans honored by Mundelein Police #289Z pen & ink drawing with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.
15, Officer Rachel Messina with fellow Mundelein police officer.
Speaker and Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
16, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Prayer at Mundeleing Police Veterans Dinner.
17, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Veterans Appreciation Dinner from the Mundelein Police Department.
18, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Speaker and Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
19, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Speaker and Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
20, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Speaker and Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
21, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans

Students Giving Honor

Severs at Mundelein Veterans Dinner.
22, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Severs at Mundelein Veterans Dinner.
23, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Severs at Mundelein Veterans Dinner.
24, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Sgt. George R. Gandara at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
25, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Severs at Mundelein Veterans Dinner.
26, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans

Students Learning

Severs at Mundelein Veterans Dinner.
27, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Line for dinner at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
28, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans

Our Country’s Flag

Veterans Appreciation Dinner from the Mundelein Police Department.
30, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Mundelein Police Officer Rachel Messina at Veterans Dinner.
31, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Line for dinner at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
32, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Line for dinner at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
33, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Candle burning in honor of lost Veterans at Mundein Veterans Dinner.
34, A candle burning in honor of those that are missing.
Veterans Appreciation Dinner from the Mundelein Police Department.
35, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans

People Preparing

Veterans sitting at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
36, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Line for dinner at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
37, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Line for dinner at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
38, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Veterans Appreciation Dinner from the Mundelein Police Department.
39, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Veterans sitting at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
40, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans

James A. Lovell Health Care Center Arriving

Captain James A. Lovell Veterans attend Mundelein Police Dinner.
41, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Captain James A. Lovell Veterans attend Mundelein Police Dinner.
42, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Captain James A. Lovell Veterans attend Mundelein Police Dinner.
43, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Captain James A. Lovell Veterans attend Mundelein Police Dinner.
44, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Captain James A. Lovell Veterans attend Mundelein Police Dinner.
45, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans

Team Spirit

Severs at Mundelein Veterans Dinner.
46, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Severs at Mundelein Veterans Dinner.
47, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Severs at Mundelein Veterans Dinner.
48, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans

Mundelein Police Offering Support

Veterans Appreciation Dinner from the Mundelein Police Department.
49, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Veterans Appreciation Dinner from the Mundelein Police Department.
50, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Veterans Appreciation Dinner from the Mundelein Police Department.
51, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Severs at Mundelein Veterans Dinner.
52, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Severs at Mundelein Veterans Dinner.
53, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans

Volunteers Offering Service

Severs at Mundelein Veterans Dinner.
54, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Veterans Appreciation Dinner from the Mundelein Police Department.
55, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Veterans sitting at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
56, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Veterans sitting at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
57, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Veterans sitting at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
58, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Severs at Mundelein Veterans Dinner.
59, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Stephen F. Condren at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
60, This is me, telling the ladies to skip with what is on the menu, and please get me the Pheasant under glass, Champaign, and Baked Alaska!
Veterans sitting at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
61, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Veterans Appreciation Dinner from the Mundelein Police Department.
62, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Peter Kristan at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
63, Peter Kristan & Family
Mundelein Police Academy Alumni Association.
64, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans

Our Speakers

Veterans Appreciation Dinner from the Mundelein Police Department.
65, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Severs at Mundelein Veterans Dinner.
66, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Severs at Mundelein Veterans Dinner.
67, Mundelein Police Honor V67, eterans
Severs at Mundelein Veterans Dinner.
68, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Severs at Mundelein Veterans Dinner.
69, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Weapons of war at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner
70, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Severs at Mundelein Veterans Dinner.
71, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Table settings at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
72, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Mundelein Police Officer Rachel Messina.
73, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Veterans Appreciation Dinner from the Mundelein Police Department.
74, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Veterans Appreciation Dinner from the Mundelein Police Department.
75, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans

Lake County Veterans & Family Services

Table settings at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
76, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Severs at Mundelein Veterans Dinner.
77, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Table settings at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
78, Empty table setting for those soldiers not with us.
Severs at Mundelein Veterans Dinner.
79, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Table settings at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
80, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Table settings at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
81, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Table settings at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
82, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Table settings at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
83, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Table settings at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
84, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Table settings at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
85, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Table settings at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
86, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Table settings at Mundelein Police Veterans Dinner.
87, Mundelein Police Honor Veterans
Stephen F. Condren with Robert Kokaska.
88, Robert Kokaska and Stephen F. Condren

Watercolor

  • Painting

The watercolor rendering.

Scans

  • JPEG & PDF

Scans of Veterans honored by Mundelein Police #289Z are available in JPEG or PDF formats for making prints, note cards, or posters.

Condren Galleries Ltd. For Veterans Honored By Mundelein Police #289Z

  • Fine Arts Gallery

Condren Galleries is pleased to have been to participate in Veterans honored by Mundelein Police #289Z.

Stephen F. Condren For Veterans Honored By Mundelein Police #289Z

  • Artist

As an artist and veteran I am proud to have been invited to the dinner for veterans honored by Mundelein Police #289Z.

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Veterans honored by Mundelein Police #289Z pen & ink drawing with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.

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May Fest Fine Arts Show #291Z

May Fest #291Z with artist Aruna N. Sarode, and photographs taken by artist Stephen F. Condren of Condren Galleries.

This article is about the Grayslake Arts Alliance art exhibit called May Fest #291Z, written by artist and United States Navy Veteran, Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery. Congratulations Grayslake Arts Alliance!

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Location

May Fest was hosted by the Heritage Center of Grayslake, Illinois. Because the Heritage Center is right downtown on Hawley Street next door to the Grayslake Fire Prevention District, it is easily accessed by the entire community.

Grayslake Arts Alliance

May Fest was sponsored by the Grayslake Arts Alliance. Because the site is provided to us by the Village of Grayslake, we extend to the city our gratitude. The time of the exhibit was from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM. Most importantly, the weather was beautiful.

May Fest #291Z

The weather could not have been better as we were blessed with sunshine and balmy weather all afternoon. People from all over Grayslake came to see what was new here at the exhibit and also to take in the good music that complimented the fine snacks offered just inside the Heritage Center. Because many of the Alliance members were in attendance along with patrons, the show had personal meaning.

May Fest #291Z with artist Aruna N. Sarode, and photographs taken by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.
1. Artist Aruna N. Sarode standing with completed oil painting of Heritage Center.

Aruna N. Sarode

Among the members that were present, we had artist Aruna N. Sarode, do a plein-air oil painting of the Heritage Center right before us. Because of Aruna’s attention to detail and amazing speed astonished those of us that had the honor to see her at work. Thank you Aruna!

Analysis

Let us look carefully at this finely executed work of art. Because as an astute artist, Aruna has properly prepared her canvas board for this out side painting. Because Aruna knew that this will be done on the spot and therefore with brevity, she approaches the oil with expertise.

Canvas Board

Immediately in photo #2, you can see that she has use the correct tones to prepare the canvas board. This mix of ochre, red, and yellow are clearly seen. These tones will be the foundation of the painting. The warmth of the ochre will support the blues and greens in the sky that is above the image of the Heritage Center.

In photo #3, you can see that now that she has set down the background, so Aruna is free to build the foundation of the painting from the lower section of the canvas board. The strong yellows nicely enhance the bottom section of the oil, and follow true to the colors of the music canopy that she is in the process of capturing.

Water Tower

With supreme stealth, Aruna has detailed the structure of the water tower behind the Heritage Center. Aruna has captured this image with great success. I say this with good reason, for any object that is so salient in the composition of work of art, has to be very carefully crafted. The water tower is a difficult object to successfully incorporate into the imagery of the cityscape that she is creating.

Shade & Shadows

Because the water tower is very different form the structure of the Heritage Center and it sticks out like a soar thumb. Most importantly, this is not the case here, as Aruna has masterfully incorporated this difficult object into the composition of the painting. Because the shade and shadows of the water tower are delicately painted, they are a delight to behold.

Color

Aruna’s supreme achievement with this oil painting is her thorough understanding of the use of color. Unlike so many artists, Aruna does not utilize local color. That is: the sky is blue, the grass is green, and the flowers are red. A true master of color knows how to properly blend the color so that all of the tones are seen in every part of the painting, and that is exactly what Aruna has accomplished here.

Summary

When all is said and done, you have before you a masterly crafted work of art. This work of art is an artistic success and Aruna is to be commended.

Artisty Aruna N. Sarode's paints for May Fest.
2. Artist Aruna N. Sarode paints for May Fest.
Artisty Aruna N. Sarode's paints for May Fest.
3. Artist Aruna N. Sarode paints for May Fest.
View of Aruna N. Sarode's paints and brushes for May Fest
4. View of Aruna N. Sarode’s paints and brushes for May Fest
Artisty Aruna N. Sarode's paints for May Fest.
5. Artist Aruna N. Sarode paints for May Fest.
Artisty Aruna N. Sarode's paints for May Fest.
6. Artist Aruna N. Sarode paints for May Fest.
Greeters for the Heritage Center
7. Greeters for the Heritage Center
Patrons of May Fest viewing artwork.
8. Patrons of May Fest viewing artwork.
May Fest Food Offerings.
9. May Fest Food Offerings.
Artwork on display at May Fest.
10. Artwork on display at May Fest.
Artwork on display at May Fest.
11. Artwork on display at May Fest.
Artwork on display at May Fest.
12. Artwork on display at May Fest.
Artwork on display at May Fest.
13. Artwork on display at May Fest.
Artwork on display at May Fest.
14. Artwork on display at May Fest.
Artwork on display at May Fest.
15. Artwork on display at May Fest.
Artwork panels showcasing current works at May Fest.
16. Artwork panels showcasing current works at May Fest.
Artwork panels showcasing current works at May Fest. Photo courtesy of Condren Galleries.
17. Artwork panels showcasing current works at May Fest.
Artwork panels showcasing current works. Photo courtesy of Condren Galleries.
18. Artwork panels showcasing current works at May Fest.
Artwork panels showcasing current works.
19. May Fest 2019.
May Fest 2019. Photo courtesy of Condren Galleries.
20. May Fest 2019.
May Fest 2019.
21. May Fest 2019.
May Fest 2019.
22. May Fest 2019.
The Beauties of May Fest!
23. The Beauties of May Fest!
The Beauties of May Fest! Photo courtesy of Condren Galleries.
24. The Beauties of May Fest!
Artist Stephen F. Condren by his artwork. Photo courtesy of Condren Galleries.
25. Artist Stephen F. Condren by his artwork at May Fest.
Artwork panels showcasing current works.
26. Artwork panels showcasing current works at May Fest.
Artwork on display at May Fest.
27. Artwork on display at May Fest.
Artwork panel showcasing current works at May Fest. Photograph courtesy of Condren Galleries.
28. Artwork panel showcasing current works at May Fest.
Artwork panels showcasing current works at May Fest. Photo courtesy of Condren Galleries.
29. Artwork panels showcasing current works at May Fest.
Ernest Schweit by his photography.
30. Ernest Schweit, President of the Grayslake Arts Alliance, stands by his photography.
May Fest 2019.
31. May Fest 2019.
Artwork panels showcasing current works at May Fest.
31. Artwork panels showcasing current works at May Fest.
Artwork panels showcasing current works at May Fest.
32. Artwork panels showcasing current works at May Fest.
Artwork panels showcasing current works at May Fest.
33. Artwork panels showcasing current works at May Fest.
Artwork panels showcasing current works at May Fest.
34. Artwork panels showcasing current works at May Fest.
Artwork panels showcasing current works at May Fest. Photograph courtesy of Condren Galleries.
36. Artwork panels showcasing current works at May Fest.
Photograph courtesy of Condren Galleries.
37. May Fest 2019.

Scans

Images for May Fest #291Z

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Scans of May Fest #291Z are available in JPEG or PDF formats for making prints, note cards, or posters.

Condren Galleries Ltd. for May Fest #291Z

May Fest #291Z

  • Fine Arts Gallery

Condren Galleries is pleased to have been to participate in the execution of watercolor house portrait #291Z, because it promotes the arts. Because the weather was good many people came to the art fair. Most importantly, May Fest help local artist display their works of art.

Stephen F. Condren for May Fest #291Z

  • Artist

Most importantly, as an artist I pleased to be a part of May Fest #291Z. Because drawings of city scenes has been a long time passion of mine since childhood. Most importantly, I like doing the drawings right on the spot and not from photos.

Cover Drawing

The cover drawing of May Fest is available here.

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May Fest #291Z with artist Aruna N. Sarode, and photographs taken by artist Stephen F. Condren of Condren Galleries.

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May Fest Rendering #292Z

May Fest #291Z with artist Aruna N. Sarode, and photographs taken by artist Stephen F. Condren of Condren Galleries.

This article is about May Fest Rendering #292Z, written by artist and United States Navy Veteran, Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery. The drawing is done with a 6B lead which comes with JPEG & PDF scans for making prints, note cards, and stationery. Congratulations May Fest!

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May Fest

Each spring the Grayslake Arts Alliance has an exhibit of members works in the early part of May. Hence the name of “May Fest” has been coined for this exhibit. There were approximately 200 people in attendance to the fine event. There was music and food for all that came.

Heritage Center

May Fest is held at the Heritage Center in downtown Grayslake, adjacent the Village Municipal Museum and the Grays Lake Fire Protection District.

Pencil Drawing For May Fest #292Z

  • Clinker Stylus Sketch

The pencil drawing is done from in front of the Heritage Center. The angle of perspective is looking at the Village Municipal History Museum westward down Hawley Street. Directly in front of the museum is the Municipal Bell mounted on a wheel rack. In front of the bell is a small boy leaning on and playing with the bell. Since the boy was moving I only had a few moments to capture him before he vanished off to the playground.

Time Of Day

Mid-Afternoon Setting Sun For May Fest Rendering #292Z

The time of day was in mid-afternoon and the rays of the sun were casting shadows of the art displays on the ground. If you look carefully at the display panels in the drawing you can see the shade and shadows of the panels on the grounds, angling to the right.

In all the drawing took about 15 to 20 minutes to draw as I had to stop at points, and wait for people to move so that I could see the site.

Pencil drawing of the Heritage Center for May Fest 2019.
Pencil drawing of the Heritage Center for May Fest 2019.

Scans

JPEG & PDF Scans for May Fest rendering #292Z

Scans of May Fest rendering #292Z are available in JPEG or PDF formats for making prints, note cards, or posters.

Condren Galleries Ltd. for watercolor house portrait #000Z

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Condren Galleries is pleased to have been to participate in the execution of May Fest rendering #292Z.

Stephen F. Condren for May Fest rendering #292Z

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As an artist I have made May Fest rendering #292Z a staple of my architectural rendering works.

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May Fest rendering #292Z pen & ink drawing with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.

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Watercolor House Portrait #290Z

Watercolor house portrait #290Z pen & ink drawing with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.

This article is about watercolor house portrait #290Z, of properties sold by Broker/Realtor Cathy Litoborski of Realty Executive Elite, and written by artist and United States Navy Veteran, Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery ~ the house portrait is done first as a pencil drawing and then a pen & ink, which comes with JPEG & PDF scans for making prints, note cards, and stationery. Congratulations Cathy!

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Realtor

Properties Sold

4111 Sunnyside Avenue, Brookfield, Illinois

Photograph of a home for house portrait.
1. Photograph of a home for house portrait.

20208 S. Greenfield Lane, Frankfort, Illinois

Photograph of a home for house portrait.
2. Photograph of a home for house portrait.

Pencil Drawing For Watercolor House Portrait #290Z

  • Clinker Stylus Sketch

The pencil drawing is the foundation of the house portrait. As you can see from the two drawings below, I have drawn the basic elements of the house to convey the size, landscape, and proportions of the composition.

4111 is the top drawing and you can see the large chimney in the center of the house, which is the anchor of the rendering. The large round bushes nicely enhance the brick house.

20208 is the fine ranch home below the sketch of 4111. As with the drawing above, the focus has been on the composition of the house and it’s relationship to the perspective. In both drawings all the key elements are in place and never do I go and detail sections of the work of art. Detailing comes later.

Pencil house portrait sketch by artist Stephen F. Condren.
Pencil house portrait sketch by artist Stephen F. Condren.

On the left side of the drawing you can see the garage and from there is the front walk that leads to the entrance. I have detailed where I would like the trees in the background to be. I have deliberately spaced the trees so as not to crowd out the image. The hall my of my work here is the space above the apex of the garage, this is what I call “breathing” space, for it give room for the rendering to be seen. If you busy up the drawing with details then you cannot see the forest through the trees.

Pencil house portrait sketch by artist Stephen F. Condren
Pencil house portrait sketch by artist Stephen F. Condren.

Pen & Ink Drawing

  • Stylus Sketch

The pen & ink drawings below are taken directly from the pencil sketches above. At this point I have to look at both the pencil sketch and the MLS Photos. The general outline is given in the sketch, but I have to make sure that everything is exact, so I look carefully at the photos.

In the drawing directly below, I have made the shadow of the chimney show onto the left side of the roof. In keeping with the shadow lines I have made the shading on the bushes up front to the left side as well. The canopy over the roof had shadows as well, however, I did not want to cover up the address on the wall, so I shortened the hatching of the lines at that point.

Pen & ink house portrait by artist Stephen F. Condren, with prints and JPEG and PDF scans.
Pen & ink house portrait by artist Stephen F. Condren.

I have made use of the eaves to bring out the shading along the roof line. There is no overhang on the front of the garage. The ranch is a nice level structure that lends itself to being landscaped with ease. The font lawn is wide open to let your eyes go right to the house and rest upon the trees behind.

Pen & ink house portrait by artist Stephen F. Condren, with prints and JPEG and PDF scans. Pencil sketch is below the ink.
Pen & ink house portrait by artist Stephen F. Condren.

Watercolor

  • Painting

The watercolor rendering is the final phase of the house portrait. Directly below you can see the bring detail of the ink rendering. The power of the pen & inks come through at all times so it is imperative to be accurate with every stroke. I am very pleased with how well balance the colors of the landscape are in relation to the house and the perspective.

The sidewalk gently leads you up towards the entry and you are protect by the shade of the canopy. I have made use of fall colors to ad variety to the landscape. Prints can be made easily from the scans that come with the house portraits.

Watercolor house portrait by artist Stephen F. Condren.
Watercolor house portrait by artist Stephen F. Condren.

The atmosphere is light and fresh as can be seen with the lightly colored landscape in the rendering below. Because the house rests firmly on the front lawn it has a commanding stance upon the composition of the watercolor. Poster prints can be made from enlargements of the scans provided.

Watercolor house portrait by artist Stephen F. Condren. Pencil lines are below the pen & ink drawing and include prints with JPEG & PEF scans.
Watercolor house portrait.

Scans

  • JPEG & PDF

Scans of house portrait #290Z are available in JPEG or PDF formats for making prints, note cards, or posters.

Condren Galleries Ltd. for watercolor house portrait #290Z

  • Fine Arts Gallery

Condren Galleries is pleased to have been to participate in the execution of watercolor house portrait #290Z.

Stephen F. Condren for watercolor house portrait #290Z

  • Artist

As an artist I have made watercolor house portrait #290Z a staple of my architectural rendering works.

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Watercolor house portrait #290Z pen & ink drawing with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.

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American Legion Drawing #288Z

American Legion drawing #288Z pen & ink drawing with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.

With honor, this article is about a pencil drawing or sketch and prints Veterans at American Legion Post 867, Mundelein, Illinois, and written by artist and United States Navy Veteran, Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery. Congratulations American Legion Post 867!

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Pencil Drawing For American Legion Drawing #288Z

  • Clinker Stylus Sketch

The pencil drawing is done with a 6B lead. As I came into the post this morning for coffee, just after 8:15 AM, I sat with my fellow Veterans and then got myself a cup of coffee. I came into the post with my satchel that has all of my drawing materials. Because I am a Veteran I love drawing images and portraits of fellow Veterans.

Returning from the kitchen with my mug of coffee sat at a table and joined in on the conversation. Shortly after I sat down I pulled out my paper and pencils and started to draw. My subject turned out to be two dear men that sat across from me at the table.

As usual, I lightly draw out the figure then move in with more detail and accuracy. The first image that I drew was of Rich Slovak. You can see the lightly penciled in circles that make up his head. I have made use of bold contour lines to outline his head and the used hatching and cross-hatching to give shade and shadows to the form.

To the right of Rich is Glenn. I have moved the two men closer together so that they fit into the picture, in reality they are further apart. Like with the drawing of Rich, my sketch of Glenn starts out loose and light and then I focus in on the details. Glenn, unlike Rich, is waring glasses. Glasses can be difficult to work with as they can distort the contour of the face. Further, doing shading with glasses can get tedious, which defeats the point of line drawings.

Contour Lines

I like to make use of contour lines to bring out the structured of the image. I am careful to blend contour lines with the shading so that the image does not look flattened.

When I have finished delineating the images I then put a nice touch of tone to the background with horizontal lines rushing upwards. The drawing took about 10 minutes to do.

Pencil drawing of American Legion Post 867 Veterans.
Pencil drawing of American Legion Post 867 Veterans.

Condren Galleries Ltd. for American Legion Drawing #288Z

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Condren Galleries is pleased to have been to participate in the execution of watercolor house portrait #000Z.

Stephen F. Condren for American Legion Drawing #288Z

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As an artist I have made American Legion drawing #288Z a staple of my portraiture works.

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American Legion drawing #288Z pen & ink drawing with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.

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Lt. Colonel (Ret.) & Pilot, Bateman Blair #287Z

Bateman Blair #287Z drawing with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.

With honor, this article is written about a profile pencil drawing and prints of Pilot and Lt. Colonel (Ret.), United States Air Force, Bateman Blair #287Z, brother of Broker/Realtor John Blair of Baird Warner, Libertyville, Illinois, and written by artist and United States Navy Veteran, Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery. Congratulations Bate Blair!

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Pencil Drawing For Bateman Blair #287Z

  • Clinker Stylus Sketch

The pencil drawing of Bateman Blair is a profile drawing. It was done this afternoon at the “Cup of Joe” coffee sponsored by the Lake County Veterans Foundation, in Grayslake, Illinois.

While enjoying the company of my fellow Veterans at the Area General Store in Mundelein, I pulled out my pencils and paper and began to draw Bateman.

As you can see from the drawing below, I first started the drawing by making light circles in the region of Bate’s head. Then as I “zeroed” in on the details of his face I became for precise in my line work. Bate was of course talking while I drew so the image is somewhat based on different positions of his face. However, his movements were not severe so what you see is pretty much what he looks like. Bate is a fine looking gentleman with stately facial features, and a man of honor.

As I continued with the detailing of his cranium contour lines, I then started to focus on his eye brows and nose. From here I worked my way down to his lips and chin. When I had these areas adequately detailed, I moved on to his hear. Prior to this I had outlined his entire head and now I was filling in his hair line and neck.

I work the fullness of his body through his shirt, you can even see the tip of his pen in his shirt pocket. In all the drawing took about 10 minutes to draw.

United States Air Force

Pencil drawing of Bateman (Bate) Blair, Pilot, Lt. Colonel.
Pencil drawing of Bateman (Bate) Blair, Pilot, Lt. Colonel.

Condren Galleries Ltd. for Bateman Blair #287Z

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Condren Galleries is pleased to have been to participate in the pencil profile drawing of Bateman Blair #287Z.

Stephen F. Condren for Bateman Blair #287Z

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As an artist I have made drawings like that of Bateman Blair #287Z a staple of my works.

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Bateman Blair #287Z drawing with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.

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