Saturday, March 29, 2008

Anthony Lake, Oregon

This painting shows a view of a pretty lake known as Anthony Lake located in the northeast corner of Oregon, USA. This lake is nestled in the Elkhorn Ridge of the Blue Mountains at an elevation of approximately 7,000 feet. The mountains in the area are one of Oregon's major ski areas. The nearest cities are Baker City and La Grand. This scene is in the summer as the sun is setting-no snow or skiing-but long sunny days. 11" x 14" ink and watercolor.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Happy Little Church

I think this little church may be typical of lots of country churches anywhere in the USA. Old churches are so much fun to draw and paint because they have so many lines. The old wooden churches really had lots of nice lines, shingled rooftops, colorful glass windows and always seemed to be painted white. This drawing is ficticious in that I took snips from various photographs to produce it. I did not know what to do with the sky so I went minimal with some sky and hints of clouds. The building is slightly leaning to the left but that was done intentionally to make it look older. 11" x 14" ink, watercolor on bristol board. SOLD

Friday, March 21, 2008

Old Signal Gas Signage

For those of us who are old enough to remember, service stations were special at one time. The stations were colorful, had neat signage and were a very important spot for travelers around the country. These stations provided full-service gasoline pumping and oil, tire repair, auto repair and restrooms. In addition, there were vending machines where you could purchase cold soft drinks. The Signal stations were my favorite. This ink and watercolor depicts the signs that rose above these stations. 8" x 10", bristol board.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Sumo Wrestler

HEAVY is the theme for this digitized image drawn for Illustration Friday. I did my drawing originally in india inks, snapped a photo with my camera and added a filter effect in Adobe Photoshop. A sumo wrestler is perfect for the theme of HEAVY because they can be astonishingly large. In fact, my guy doesn't look as large as many of them. These guys can weigh in the 300, 400, and 500 lb ranges and must eat constantly. They remain as top athletes in Japan.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Palace Of Fine Arts

The next time you are in the San Francisco bay area to watch the Giants, Warriors, Sharks or the 49rs play, allow some time to visit other spots. Here is one you should see--Palace of Fine Arts. This was built in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Today the site, which belongs to the City of San Francisco, features a classical Roman rotunda with curved colonnades in an idyllic park setting. The day I was there it was sunny and the scenery is beautiful. Oh, and if you need a neat place to stay, try the Hotel Tomo in Japantown. 11" x 14" ink and watercolor. SOLD

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Church With Color

My painting is of a colorful scene with a very white church in the midst of lots of color on a fall day in the northeastern USA. This is one of three images for my wife to build a framed church collection in our home. Unfortunately, this scene does not have enough interest--like people milling around. Even if a church service is in progress there are usually some people outside. I should have added some people but I just did not. And maybe this is a Monday afternoon and there really is nobody at the church. 11" x 14" ink and watercolor.


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