Saturday, April 28, 2007

Monster Cactus

This ink and watercolor painting from the Arizona desert doesn't really show how big these plants can get. I was more interested in showing the maze of sprouts that grow upward. This is a Saguaro Cactus which can grow from 15 to 50 feet tall. The base sprout can be 18 to 24 inches in diameter. These are slow growing monsters that have the ability to store the minimal amounts of water needed to survive.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Waterfront Of The Past

I'm sure this was a busy waterfront area in days gone by. This is another of my black and white drawings done on Illustration Board with Rapidograph Pens. This was drawn from a photograph and I liked the way it turned out. It denotes a once-thriving sea coastal hub which is now deserted and rotting with nothing but memories for the old timers who visited or worked in this area. I do not have a clue where this is located. Lettering on the building says Mayport Yacht & Fishing Center--anyone know where this is located?

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Canadian Storm

Threatening clouds creep in over a grain elevator complex somewhere on the plains of Canada. The railroad cars are loaded and await to be taken away for its cargo to be processed. Soon, a quick, violent storm will hit the area to cool down the hot day. This painting reminds me of the time I spent in Canada in the early 1960s. I have great memories of those days.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Country Tree

This is one huge, bare country tree. I drew this from a photograph many years ago on Illustration Board. I gave the framed original to a family friend but, luckily, I had made a photo print from the original and kept it all these years. So now I can share it.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

A Bright John Deere

This sketch was done last fall when I was out sketching at a pumpkin patch. This small, colorful machine was just sitting there begging to be drawn. The bright green and yellow paint job definitely signify this as a hard-working John Deere product.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Colorful Cathedral

I like this illustration primarily because of the great angle which brings interest to the overall painting. Drawn from an image from my computer screen, this colorful painting is of a cathedral in Arizona. I made the watercolors more brilliant than shown in the original image and added some salt for a special effect.


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