Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Moonlit Forest

I developed this night scene using Sharpies, Rapidographs and watercolors to denote the stillness of a late spring evening high in the mountains. This is done very simply with thick and thin strokes, some detailed pine branches which one would not actually see at this distance and an unreal moon glow. Mountains in the background were not filled in totally which allowed color to peek through. It's fun to play like this. Ink and watercolor.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

In Need Of Repair

My sketch shows the upper parts of some Greek structures. The buildings are painted bright white and the roof tops are brilliant colors. This art shows some cracks and blemishes on the structures that really are not seen in most photos. The people take good care of their buildings but this one is in need of repair.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Plump Zinnias

Here is a floral image of some beautiful, plump, round Zinnias. Producing a colorful flower, this plant blooms from mid-summer until the frost comes. Butterflies love these flowers. The plant is very hardy and can grow in hot sun and needs water only two or three times each week. In this painting I used more than I normally use to complete a piece of work--Rapidograph pens, brush pens, color pencil and watercolors. This is currently with a white mat in a 12" x 14" white frame. SOLD

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Late Color At Lake Side

Colorful trees showing lots of color right at the edge of a small, cool lake in the Sierra Nevadas. While the trees displayed the colors of fall, the day was very warm and much like August and not late October. For effect, a positive one I hope, I moved the edge of the lake closer to the trees. In real life, the trees do not grow that close to the water. It's nice to be free a times and not be real in my paintings. Ink and watercolor.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Desert Outback

This artwork shows the hot, lonely, dry areas typical of the deserts in California. The plant life manages to grow even with very small amounts of rainwater. The rock structures are many and the one shown here is a common formation. Mornings are stunning and mild, days hot and torrid and evenings beautiful and warm. During the warm months, this is a great place to live if you are a snake, lizard, rabbit or coyote. During the winter months, it is a great place for everyone to visit. Ink and watercolor.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

My Vacation Is Over

We just returned from a fantastic vacation in Vermont and New Hampshire in the USA and the cities of Montreal and Quebec in Canada. We were gone for 12 days. We saw the beauty of the color change into fall and lots of wide open countryside. Quebec City was our favorite place. While our trip was fun and leaves us with great memories, we suffered and agonized as we saw the news reports on the world economy. Now, we are enjoying the comforts of our home and I am back at my computer ready to post again. I missed all opportunities to draw and paint because our schedule was so hectic and because we encountered rainy weather the first part of our trip. I took many, many photographs and hope to do some paintings from them.


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