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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