Sunday, July 29, 2007

Mission San Diego de Alcala

San Diego de Alcala, the first of the great California Missions, marks the birthplace of Christianity in the far West. It is California's first church. Built in 1769 and refurbished in 1931 it remains an active parish for worshippers in the area. I like this painting because it is simple and I love the bell tower. The green of the trees gives the painting some punch. Ink and watercolor, 11" x 14".

Monday, July 23, 2007

Southwest Architecture

This painting shows a large structure from the southwestern part of the USA. This theme matches so many of the buildings in this area with rust colors, adobe facades and rustic additions. A warm, clear day can quickly change into thunderstorms and this view shows the clouds forming above. But after the storms a beautiful evening can be enjoyed. Ink and watercolor, 11" x 14"

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Commuter Station

This painting is of the new passenger terminal in Rocklin, California which is located about 20 miles north of Sacramento. This station is one of the stops for the daily Capitol Corridor commuter train that travels to the San Francisco bay area. My concern while doing this painting was putting in the shadows. But, I am quite pleased with how the shadows turned out. Ink and watercolor, 11" x 14".

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Oak Tree Discovery

I made a startling Discovery. I discovered this watercolor rendition of a beautiful old oak tree. I posted the ink version in September 2006 and had planned to post this color version but forgot it in my stacks of art. With that explanation, I hope you enjoy my entry into this week's Illustration Friday challenge even if this is a "lame" association to the theme Discovery. This is an 11" x 14" ink and watercolor. PRINTS SOLD

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

567 Caged

An aging utility locomotive, with its old Southern Pacific colors and newer Union Pacific colors, sits idly on the sidetracks at the Union Pacific yard in Roseville, CA. This locomotive’s power days are now over and it is now used to shuttle cars around the yard. Much of the time it sits with its power caged awaiting its next job for the day. Note the yellow sign. Hard to believe these huge engines can be moved by remote control. Ink and watercolor, 11” x 14”.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Old Auburn Historic

This old structure, is located in the heart of Auburn, CA at High St. and East Placer St. It is beautiful and unique in architecture. Built in the early 1900s, this historic building for many years housed a liquor store on the first floor and and a private club and banquet facilities upstairs. Ink and watercolor, 8" x 10".

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Lonely Plants

This scene is from the middle of a desert. Shrubs and and a small tree grow against the rocks and sand portraying a brilliant contrast. The texture of the rocks was done with spatter from a very damp brush. The only problem is the spatter went onto the sky area because I did not mask properly. But what the heck, it gives the painting some character--whatever that means. Ink and watercolor


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