Monday, January 28, 2008

Night Time Sets In

A country farm sees night time setting in. It is a point in time when night takes over and daytime ends and is a nice time of the day. This scene shows the moon with a little of its sparkle and a hint of daylight as the sun falls below the horizon. 11" x 14" ink and watercolor.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

When There Is Burning

The Port of San Francisco has some cool looking fire boats that protect the waterfront area when fires break out. Just because there is water nearby doesn't mean there won't be fires. During earthquakes, it's surprising how much the fire boats are used. My painting, done in ink and watercolor, shows one of the colorful boats with the bay bridge in the background. 11" x 14" SOLD

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Old School House

Ink and wash rendering of an old school house in southern California east of Solvang near Santa Barbara. I drew this from a book illustrated by Earl Thollander called Backroads of California. Earl passed away in 2001. He was a tremendous illustrator who could use many mediums but did much of his work with a bamboo pen and india inks. He had the ability to make something out of nothing with his style. His strong use of tonal values, loose drawing style and his notes made the reader of his books feel like they were actually at the site while he was drawing.

Drawn from an image by Earl Thollander from his book Backroads of California, Sunset, 1988.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Scotland Village Tops

Colorful ink and watercolor painting of village roof tops in Edinburgh, Scotland. A huge cluster of trees in the background formed the backdrop for this nice scene. I wish I could say I was there to do this painting but I cannot say that. It was done from a photo. Regardless, the painting turned out better than the photo primarily because of the loose line work and enhanced colors. 11" x 14"

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Tiger Grouper

This is a lurking Tiger Grouper. It swims in shipwrecks, reef shadows and ledges. With a powerful sucking action from opening its large mouth, this fish swallows prey whole after holding them in its rasp-like teeth. It is well camouflaged and grows to approximately two feet in length. Ink and watercolor, Strathmore, 16" x 20".SOLD


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