Friday, December 29, 2006

Elaine's Colorful Teapot

We were rearranging my wife's teapot collection one day in our kitchen. I pulled a colorful little teapot to the side and started drawing. (After all the others were rearranged and in their new positions, of course.) I did the pen work then threw on the color. I plan to do more of these and have several currently in work.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

San Diego Charger

LaDainian Tomlinson, of the San Diego Chargers, is setting records this season as one of the National Football League's premier runners. This original watercolor is a gift for my son Derek whose birthday is Christmas Day and who is an avid Charger fan. Go Chargers! GIFT

Monday, December 18, 2006

Owl Club

This is a pen and ink memory of my growing up years in northern California. This neat little neon sign was for a little bar located in Roseville, California. I remember the sign because my parents would take us to have Chinese food in a restaurant above the bar in the 1950s. Once we ordered our food, my Dad would slip downstairs, have a beer and rejoin us in time for dinner. After dinner as we walked to our car I would look up to see the colorful neon lights and "the owl" still peering down at us.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Colorful Rose

This rose is from one of the rose trees on the side of our home. The roses were in full bloom so I picked the largest and fullest one and painted it. This simple painting was done small on a 5" x 7" watercolor pad. These bright colors make a great image for my note cards.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Mask From Mexico

This is a painting of a woodcrafted mask made in Mexico many years ago. A neat feature of these realistic masks are the "operable eyelids" which open and close by pulling a string at the chin. The large, piercing eyes are glass and the eyelids have lashes. A reflective finish was due to a gesso undercoat applied to the wood, making shaping easier for the carver. My painting was done using a Lexus pen, watercolors and a Tombow water soluble pen.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Valley Home

So when it's cold I bring you something hot. This is a typical home in the Sacramento Valley. This one is neat and tidy and located in the heart of Lincoln, California. I parked across the street and studied and sketched the home. I then took photographs and completed the painting at home. The time of day was about 11 AM in August and the sun was almost directly above. The sky should be smoother but I like most of the painting. What do you think? Are the trees, shrubs and lawn OK? What about the overall colors and the shadowed areas? Can you spot my intended "focal point"? Your comments and suggestions are important to me. Please send me your observations.SOLD

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

San Francisco Homes

These are typical buildings found in San Francisco along the streets that meander through this hilly city. I did the drawing using a Pilot rolling ball pen and finished it later with the watercolors. In 2007, I plan to travel to "The City" for a few days and do nothing but draw and paint. Should be fun. I just need to make it happen!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Thanksgiving Time!

In the United States, November 23rd is Thanksgiving Day and is a time to give thanks for all that we have. Hopefully, many of you will be with family and friends to have a hearty meal and enjoy the day. I remember a few times growing up when I was not with family or friends and it was very lonely. I give thanks to my world-wide artist friends out there who have given me so many nice comments and solid critiques of my artwork. I am amazed at the great number of gifted, fellow artists. If you celebrate this holiday--enjoy it!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Thanksgiving Setting

I prepared this painting in about one hour to have it for this week's Illustration Friday entry. This is a section of our dining room center piece prepared for Thanksgiving dinner--the pumpkins are tiny and given to us by a friend. I sketched in the image first, applied the watercolor, then finalized the painting with ink. Sometimes it is better to do things rapidly.......and don't think too much.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

San Diego Lighthouse

Anyone familiar with San Diego, California, is familiar with this beautiful old lighthouse. The structure is perched on a finger of land which is called Point Loma and views the Pacific Ocean to the west, and overlooks the city of San Diego, San Diego Bay, Mexico and the mountains to the east and south.
At a height of 462 feet, it was once the highest functioning lighthouse in the nation and its light could be seen by ships far at sea. However, one major problem existed with the location of this structure which hindered its usefulness. The light's lofty perch meant it was often shrouded in fog, which rendered it useless to mariners. It is now preserved as an historical monument, is refurbished and looks monumental. If you like to feel alone, try walking around at this location when the fog is in. It is quiet, damp and very isolated-almost spooky.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Palm Springs View

This is a view of Mt. San Jacinto looking to the west from Palm Springs, California. The rugged, dry mountain areas loom over the desert oasis towns and provide late afternoon shadows which ease the blazing heat on the desert floor. A tramway travels to the top of the mountain where the temperatures are much cooler and the view is spectacular. By the way, Palm Springs is a great place to visit in the middle of winter where it is generally mild and sunny. PRINT SOLD

Friday, November 03, 2006

UP 3997 Idling

The power and strength of these huge old locomotives is felt even as they idled as they waited to head down the tracks. There is so much detail to be drawn on these engines that even if you leave some out no one can tell. This was lots of fun to draw. I used Nexus and Pilot pens and a smidge of watercolor for the engine and a Tombow water soluble pen at the tracks.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Beach Winds

The trees along any beach area are always whipped by the wind. This cluster of palms along a tropical beach somewhere in the Caribbean show how the branches are thrown around and are at the mercy of the winds. Each branch is whipped around which makes the palm trees look alive as if they are dancing. This pen and ink/watercolor painting done in 2005 is my entry for Illustration Friday's theme of "Wind". SOLD

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

My Pumpkin

This painting was done on a warm sunny day at the end of September at a scenic pumpkin farm. I hope you enjoy this painting as we head deeper into the fall season. This was done on a 11" x 15" Strathmore, cold press, 140# watercolor sheet. I like this work. The back pumpkin is lame and some of the leaves are not defined enough. I need to work on accuracy in my shadow work. I would like some critiques of this art from all of you who view this. I will make note cards which will look great because image will be much smaller. The original painting looks great matted and framed.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Teton Meadow

The Teton mountains are a part of the great Rocky Mountains which disect the United States through the states of Montana, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico. From afar, the Tetons are a spectacular view. This painting portrays one of many little meadows nestled in the foothills heading into these mountains. Quiet and green, this meadow typifies the solitude found in these countrysides. This painting was done as the sun was setting at day's end.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Salt N Pepper

These salt and pepper shakers belonged to my parents. They received these as a gift when they were married. For some reason, I remember them vividly as I was growing up and I always thought they were sooooo cool. These were handed down to me and my family and I decided to paint them. So one day, I bought some green onions and radishes and put together a still life. I am pleased with the way the painting turned out. Painted on 9"x12", 140# Strathmore watercolor paper. SOLD

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Seaside Village

No matter what the terrain is like, people will always find a way to build near the water as shown in this painting. This little community is probably home to many who make a living by being near the water. This pen and ink/watercolor was done on 9" x 12", 140# Strathmore watercolor paper using Sharpie, Nexus and Pilot pens. SOLD

Saturday, September 30, 2006


I did this painting on an early July morning this past summer. Our summer was very hot and on this particular day the temperature reached over 110 degrees. Even early on this day it was warm and uncomfortable.....but it was very QUIET....only the birds were chirping as soon as there was a hint of color in the sky. This was done on a 7" x 10" Cotman watercolor pad, with Sharpie and Nexus pens. I sketched onsite and completed at home from a photograph.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Leaving Truckee

Amtrak train #5 leaves Truckee, California, on its scheduled run toward Sacramento. For many years, Truckee has been the final stop as trains prepare for the climb towards Donner Summit and beyond. This is a tight illustration using Nexus and Pilot pens on watercolor paper. I drew this from a photograph and hope to use watercolor on it one of these days.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Color Change

  1. The colorful leaves and cooler temperatures signify the change of seasons. The heat of summer is gone and we are rewarded with relief from the heat. The once-green trees will soon drop their leaves and prepare for whatever lies ahead during winter. This watercolor was done to show my fondness for this season. From an art stand point, I wanted to focus on the use of negative space as shown behind the tree trunks and branches. PRINTS SOLD

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Canada Grain

This painting typifies the grain elevators that dot the plains of Canada. There is something lonely about these structures and all of the scenery around it. I spent a summer in Canada during my college days and I remember these structures along with the long days. I am pleased with this work although there are some details that aren't exactly correct but I am overlooking them. Can anyone find the major glitch?

Monday, September 11, 2006

Rainbow Bridge

This beautiful bridge looks as it did when I was a child in the 1940s. It is part of the old two-lane highway near the top of Donner Summit which is still used as a scenic route. Multi-laned I-80 between Sacramento and Reno replaced this old highway. The bridge, at ~7,000 ft elevation, overlooks Donner Lake and I think this scene and surrounding view is one of California's outstanding tourist attractions.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Auburn Courthouse

The Auburn Courthouse is one of the most popular buildings to be photographed and painted in this area. It is located above the historic "old Auburn" area and can be seen from I-80 which skirts the town. This view is looking east on a warm summer day and shows huge thunder clouds in the background. There are many other great views of this old structure. I will paint it again I am sure. PRINT SOLD

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Old Oak

We have many, many oak trees in this part of the country. Trees are so much fun to draw because you can "noodle", play with darks and light and not be too exact on the smaller branches. This view is a close up of a larger drawing. I will provide the overall color painting at another time.

Day Two

Today is day two for my blog site. It has been lots of fun setting it up but I do know I have so much to learn. I am having trouble uploading new images at this time but I hope I can do so later on. Eventually, I plan to begin marketing my artwork but that will take some time.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


Pen/watercolor painting done as an exercise in highlights. While the painting may be a little boring, the outcome I had hoped for is there. My style tends to be too tight and I am trying to loosen up. I love the combination of the pen with watercolors. I try not to make my lines too straight and the somewhat jagged look adds to the painting.

Gnarly Trees

This painting was fun because I just noodled with the pen work. The trees were large but really destroyed on the inside. I wondered how they remained standing.

Southwest Homes

This painting was the first one I sold. It sold at the Lincoln Hills Art Show last May. I feel very fortunate that someone liked something I painted. I spoke with the buyer at a later date and she told me not only did she like the painting but also the matting and framing. This type of painting fit in with the decor of her home. SOLD


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