Saturday, May 31, 2008

Playing With Shapes And Colors

Watercolors were applied onto wet 140# watercolor paper to develop this painting. I lightly sketched in the outlines of bottles. Micron pens 02 and 05 were used as well as a black brush pen to define shapes. Tombow pen was used in dark shadow areas. Ink and watercolor, 2" x 3".

Monday, May 26, 2008

Road To The Stanley Cup

The final series is now being played to determine who will win the Stanley Cup. The Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins are playing NOW! My painting commemorates this fantastic sport. While, I never played hockey, I have seen National Hockey League games from rink side and have admired the skills, coordination and abilities of these athletes. The amazing thing is that all of this is done on ice skates. For those of us who have ice skated for fun know that it's not easy. These athletes begin skating as soon as they can walk so skating is as natural as walking. Want to watch an exciting sport? Watch the final series on television. The game is fast, and rough. And even though you Detroit and Pittsburgh fans are rooting for your teams, I am sure it's pure torture watching these finals. (And it's supposed to be enjoyable) 11" x 14" ink and watercolor.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

French Countryside

I did this painting during a watercolor class two years ago. I redid the painting recently and it turned out better than the first one so I am posting it. The countryside scene is very colorful and I really like the shapes of the buildings and the angle of the roofs. The texture of the watercolor paper is evident which adds to the fresh look of this painting. It's simple, colorful and clean. No, I did not go to France to paint this. It was from a photograph taken by a watercolor instructor when he visited. 8" x 10" ink and watercolor.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Old Shortstop

This line drawing was done many years ago when I really was a sports nut. I always liked the Houston Astros so I drew this shortstop making a quick, off-balanced throw. The reason I like this drawing is that it was done very simply--very few lines. I think the player was Sonny Jackson and I drew this in 1967.

Anyway, this is my first baseball fix for the summer and I am sure there will be more. Today, I am a San Diego Padre fan but they are fading so fast it's not even funny. Maybe they will make a comeback like the Chargers did this past season.

This is a scanned image onto bristol board with a little bit of watercolor wash. 8" x 10".

Sunday, May 11, 2008

My Old Hotel

I previously posted this in black and white. I am re-posting now that I applied watercolor which I believe makes this art much more interesting. This ornate building sits in the middle of uptown Auburn, California, and is now called the Auburn Promenade but I remember it as the Auburn Hotel when I was growing up here. The unique architecture gets the attention of the many tourists who visit. While the building looks unique, it actually blends in with many of the other old structures that were built during the gold rush days and also could fit into any town in the southwest USA since it has an adobe look to it. The detail is fantastic. 11” x 14” ink and watercolor.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Tractor With Attachments

Alongside a major boulevard near my home was a beautiful old tractor for sale. From what I could see, the tractor had seen better days and now was retired and the owner was ready to “part” with its useable “parts”. The tires were flat and worn, parts misaligned and the paint had faded and there was a “for sale” sign on it. The amazing thing about this equipment was all of the gadgets, attachments, pulleys and levers that were available to the driver. There were many holes and connections to attach blades, and other farm equipment. I did not even draw all of the parts because there were so many. Now it is gone! Someone paid the $200 and owns this classic machinery from the past. 11” x 14” watercolor on bristol board.


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