Friday, January 26, 2007

Old Red Pickup

I dusted off this painting that I did early in 2006 as it was perfect for this week's Illustration Friday-Red theme. I cleaned it up and added more detail and a little more color. I painted this beautiful red pickup from a photograph. The vehicle was not in too bad of shape and it looked like it was begging to be taken and restored. This is a small image and it fits into an 11" x 14" mat. SOLD

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Hotel Del Coronado-San Diego

For any artist, the Hotel Del Coronado, is fun to draw or paint. It is one of the major landmarks in the San Diego area and is very popular with tourists. The large Dragon's Blood tree is the focal point of this painting and it stands in one of the hotel's courtyards. The tree gets its name because of the red sap it produces and was planted shortly after the hotel was built in 1888. Sometimes, the ocean breezes make it "too cool" to sit and draw this hotel unless you sit directly in the sunlight. Take a coat if you ever get down there. (I am fixing the sky at the flag in the center of the painting-needs to be blended and less of a hard line.)

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Los Angeles Architecture

Los Angeles has some great buildings. This was drawn from a photo and it was only a small section of the photo. The ornate designs are very detailed and fun to draw even if I was not totally accurate. I added the color after I completed the drawing and I added more color than the photo showed just to give it more interest. Artwork was done on Staples supreme double sided matte paper.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

End Of A Giant

Illustration Friday-80s A PanAm Boeing 747 taxies down a runway in the late 1980s. The dark clouds above this plane defined the future for this great name in aviation history. The airline finally began to fall apart following the 1986 hijacking in Pakistan, in which over 140 passengers and crew were killed or injured, and the 1988 bombing above Lockerbie, Scotland, which resulted in 270 fatalities. Bankruptcy soon followed and the airline went out of business a few years later.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Greek Hillside

This is a ink and watercolor rendering of a typical Greek village--lots of hills and lots of white structures. Bits of color can be seen in the trees and the dome. I added some ochre tints to give a little more interest. This was done small on a 9" x 12" Strathmore watercolor pad.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Super Chief Is Ready

One of America's premier trains of days past, the Super Chief, awaits as it prepares to head out across country. These trains, operated by the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad, traveled between Los Angeles and Chicago until the early 1970s. This train was beautiful and exciting to see with its bright orange and yellow engines and gleaming silver passenger cars. Hard to believe this was the luxurious way to travel back then. Pen and watercolor, fits 16" x 20" mat.


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