Thursday, July 31, 2008

Where Is My Luggage?

As I was waiting at the Sacramento International Airport this summer, I began sketching and taking photographs of people milling around. The one interesting spot to watch people is the baggage claim area. People see their luggage then barge through others to get their bags as if they are not going to reappear again soon. But what is most interesting are the intense "I-hope-my-bags-made-it-look" on the traveler's faces. Trying to be inconspicuous, people try to remain calm but actually look very nervous about not seeing their bags. My sketch shows the first guy with the backpack who was jumping in and out of the corridor of people; the guy with the cap who was very stoic and cool; and the last guy who was nervous big time and almost frozen. My sketch hopefully captured some of the nervous looks you may recognize at this interesting part of air travel. Who knows-- you may be one of these types who provides some humor to other people-watchers!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Color and Shapes Experiment

This image shows another experiment and an exercise in using colors and sharp shapes. I began the painting by merely painting onto 140# watercolor paper with lots of color and very wet. The color shapes looked like they could be a grove of trees so my direction focused on trees. In order to NOT be too real, I made 90% of my shapes with sharp points using thick and thin lines with Micron 02 and 05 pens and brush pens. Sometimes it's just fun to experiment and sometimes the art is very useable. I am using this art as a background for note cards. 2" x 3", ink and watercolor.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Cable Car 21 At The Top

A San Francisco cable car reaches the top of the hill as the bay and Alcatraz appear in the background. These vehicles are a major source of transportation in "The City" and have been around for many years. Convenient and casual for the general public, these cars slowly do their thing every day of the year. We rely on seeing them and we rely on using them. You may see long lines of people waiting to jump on but they disappear quickly. A jammed packed car can hold about sixty travelers. Hop on the next time you visit. 11" x 14", ink and watercolor.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Burger, Anyone?

I began drawing this hamburger as I was sitting at an all day art exhibit. Unfortunately, I had not eaten much that morning so the longer I drew the hungrier I got. My lunch break came and nowhere could I find a hamburger joint so I had tacos. Actually, it did not matter what I had I was so hungry. Hamburgers are still a special treat especially when you can use crisp hot onions, juicy red tomato slices, and fresh leafy lettuce. For added zing, try eating a hot chili pepper on the side. After eating one of these loaded burgers you will know when you've had enough. I used Rapidograph pens, color pen brushes on bristol stock to produce this art.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Rose Design

Red and yellow roses highlight this small and colorful ink and watercolor painting designed for a note card. I used black brush pens, Rapidograph fine line pens as well as watercolors. The color to the right side is nothing more than wanting more color on the right side. My emphasis was on color and simplicity. 2" x 3", ink and watercolor.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Cups Of Hope & Joy

Another image from our kitchen cupboards. This is on the same line of my previous post named "Mugs For Coffee Lovers". My wife had a set of four given to her by her sister-in-law many years ago. These are the lone survivors and we cannot figure where the other two went. Probably got broken. But our guests really like these and the colored words and verses from the Bible printed on them. Fits a 10" x 13" frame and is done with ink and watercolor. SOLD

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Village Somewhere

Early morning?- or is it late afternoon?-depiction of colorful buildings, deep shadows, bare trees and blue sky of a village somewhere. Is it in USA or Europe?--I think Europe. Most of the ink work was done with black brush pens and larger Micron point pens which is a change from my normal, smaller pen points. Overall, I like the final look of this painting. The thicker strokes do not bother me and the blue tinge in the shadow areas really enhance the overall of this painting. The drawing of the buildings is not too detailed. 8" x 10", ink and watercolor.


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