Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Feats Of Clay

The annual Feats of Clay event takes place April 30 - May 25 at the Gladding, McBean plant in Lincoln, California. The company, shown in this art, has been producing clay products for about 133 years and will open its grounds and kilns for the public to see. A major feature of this event will be the 75 exhibitors chosen from over 1,000 entries from the US, Canada and Mexico who will show their wares. My painting looks directly into the facility from across a side street in the downtown area. I recently SOLD this painting to a long-time resident of Lincoln. Ink and watercolor, 11" x 14". SOLD

Friday, April 25, 2008

Senior Citizen

This old drawing of a senior citizen shows exactly what happens to all of us as we get older. We get wrinkles! While wrinkles bother us all, we must look at them as merely a part of the aging process so we need to learn to live with them. Some people will have face lifts, some people will try creams, some people will continually have their faces scrapped and some will just let the wrinkles stay. Men don't seem to worry about them like women do.This fellow, while having many wrinkles, looked real good and healthy. He was nice and tan and neatly dressed and wrinkles and vanity seemed to be the last thing on his mind. Ink and watercolor on bristol board, 8" x 10".

Monday, April 21, 2008

Mugs For Coffee Lovers

This painting shows just a few of the many coffee mugs that we have amassed in our kitchen cupboards. My wife and I both love coffee which reminds me that there is nothing like that first cup of coffee in the morning before breakfast. What a remedy to start the day! We have our own special "Banderas blend" of coffee. It is a mixture of Folger's Special Roast mixed in with a combination of Starbuck's Verona and Breakfast Blend. Not too strong, but rich and robust! Of course, I must add sweetener, Cremora, stir well and I have that PERFECT cup of coffee. So, for all of you coffee lovers out there in cyberspace, go into the kitchen and pour yourself a nice, hot cup of coffee right now.....then enjoy it to the fullest! SOLD

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Hotel Del Coronado Revisited

Each time I return to San Diego, I try to visit some of my favorite spots. One of my favorites is the Hotel Del Coronado located across the bay from downtown San Diego. This structure and its surrounding grounds are absolutely beautiful especially when the sun is gleaming down. You will be spoiled once you have stayed in this popular vacation resort. The entire experience along with enjoying the nearby white, sandy beaches and spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean will linger in your memory for a long time. In my painting, I show two hotel guests relaxing under the trees in the shade with part of the hotel rising in the background. 11" x 14" ink and watercolor.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

We Learn When We Fail

As we develop as artists, we strive to not make mistakes on any art that we produce. We may be able to get away with little mistakes. But sometimes the mistakes are too big and noticeable. So we must realize that we will fail at times. My image here shows some of my failures -- torn sheets, smeared paint, bad paint choices, inaccurate under drawings--you name it, I've done it! I just cannot bring myself to throw any bad ones away. I guess I need these to remind me to be careful. At least I can use these for this week's theme of FAIL for Illustration Friday.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

My Lion Head

As I was walking through uptown Auburn the other day, I noticed a beautiful lion head sculpture attached to the Auburn Promenade building staring at me. Unfortunately, he is located barely above the shrubs facing the street and most people don't notice him. His colors are not as bright as I did them but he has been there for a long time so he has a right to be faded. 7" x 7", ink and watercolor SOLD

Saturday, April 05, 2008

San Francisco Living

Rows of homes, apartments or condos gleam as the sun reflects off their fronts in San Francisco which is California's fourth largest city. "The City" does not sit on a large plot of land (~47 square miles). So as the city grew, all structures needed to be built closer together to save space in a smart way. I chose this scene to paint because of the colorful rooftops, the nice angle, the darks and lights and because it was a bright, sunny day. I did this ink and watercolor larger than I normally paint at ~16" x 20".


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