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.


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