Saturday, September 27, 2008

Home Decoration

A beautiful, colorful plant adorns our home and it's called a Bright Bromeliad. There are many varieties of this plant but the one we have is colorful and healthy and makes an attractive piece for any home. This painting will be framed and will be entered into my next large exhibit next February. Ink and watercolor, 16" x 20".

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Edge Of Color

Two deer graze peacefully in an opening on a meadow next to a densely populated forest. The greenery of trees in the foreground is framed by the color of the leaves in the background trees. In this painting, I played with masking out all of the tree trunks then came back and painted the trunks in various shades as needed. This is the time of year that trees do their amazing change once again. Some trees keep their leaves, some trees change to beautiful colors before they drop their leaves for the winter ahead. Ink and watercolor.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

It's Back Again!

The new football season is back again! With that in mind, I recently pulled this drawing out of my archives portfolio to post. This sketchy drawing shows a charging San Diego Charger of the past, Earl Faison, who played with the team in the 1960s. This huge lineman was fast and big. I drew this from a photograph and I like the sketchy, loose style that I often stray away from. At times, I draw like this again because it is so free. I do the line work, throw in some washes and it is done. Rapidograph pens, 11" x 14", ink washes.

In conclusion: .... and if the current Chargers do not get their act together this is going to be a disaster of a season!!!!!! They have already dropped their first two games.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Merced River, Yosemite

My painting of Yosemite was inspired by a beautiful photograph shown in the August 2008 issue of Sunset magazine. The photograph immediately caught my eye as I am a lover of the Yosemite landscape. The trick to making this painting real I believe was to make sure I got depth in the river, shown by the fuzziness of the underwater rocks and the shadows of the rafts. Also, I deemphasized the background mountain by mainly using subdued grays. In summer, this river offers a quiet, relaxing route through Yosemite. In winter, it becomes filled with lots of water flowing very fast which makes it treacherous and totally opposite of what you see in this painting. 16" x 20", ink and watercolor.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Elaine's Favorite Teapots

These colorful teapots are from my wife's teapot collection which are placed on top of the cupboards in our kitchen. I started this painting over a year ago. I drew it out in pencil then I was afraid to paint it for fear of botching the whole thing. Last month I said "what the heck--if I botch it, I botch it and that's it". I am still trying to find my nitch with pen strokes. I like what I did here--my pen lines are not too loose and not too tight. Hopefully, you will like this painting. 11" x 14", ink and watercolor.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Up A Tree

I drew and painted this upward view of two trees several years ago. I have since enhanced it a bit and the final is shown here. My wife (who is my biggest fan and best critic) said it would never sell because it looked like a carrot with its greenery (Hello, Elaine. How's your imagination?). I made a print of this for a show. A customer walked in, took one look at it, and purchased it immediately. That is why I have learned, if I don't like a piece or my wife does not like a piece, I display it at a show anyway. It seems there is something about any art that may tickle someone's fancy and it may sell. Since the painting is already done, I may as well try and sell it! I really have nothing to lose. 11" x 14", ink and watercolor.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

A Visit To Greece

This painting is a night scene in Santorini, which is a group of islands off the mainland of Greece. These islands are spectacular and have so much beauty accentuated by the beautiful Sea of Crete which surrounds them. This evening scene shows the sparkle of a countryside where many of the homes and towns are highlighted with lots of display lights. This brilliant effect offers a dreamy and romantic vision of life in Greece. The islands of Santorini are actually in a caldera of a dormant volcano. Luckily, this volcano remains dormant so the world can enjoy the beauty of the remains of previous eruptions. My artwork fits into an 18" x 12" frame and will be entered into a two-month exhibit beginning this month. Ink and watercolor.


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