Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A New/Old Marquee

The City of Auburn, California, reinstalled an exact replica of the old theater marquee as it was when I was a kid. The old marques began to come down many years ago. I sketched this during the past summer not long after it was installed. Now cities are realizing that we like the look of the old to enjoy memories of when we were growing up. I used Pilot Precise V7 and V5 pens on this drawing. This ink is NOT permanent and will bleed when water hits it. If controlled, it offers a nice, loose wet look to my artwork. Ink and watercolor.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Wild Chicken Coffee House

Daily hierarchy-having coffee. I stopped in to have a warm cup of coffee at the Wild Chicken Coffee House in Loomis. It's a cozy little spot where the locals come to drink, talk and use their computers (like they are at Starbucks). I sat in the corner, in a clandestine manner, and drew this scene. Nobody bothered me except for one woman who was looking at me and I thought she thought I was drawing her. The man reading his newspaper was a perfect model--he barely moved. Later that day I completed the drawing and decided I should post it.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

As The Moon Rises

Simple watercolor experiment shows a moon rising up over the evergreen trees. Trees are done very simply with thick brush pens while thin pen lines were used in the sky. I used Sap Green, Paynes Gray, Ultramarine Blue and a bit of Yellow and Raw Sienna.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Wind-Swept Tree

This rendering shows my color version of a lonely wind-swept tree high in the Sierra Nevada mountains near Yosemite. I had posted this previously in a black and white version only. With the added watercolors, I feel the art has more interest. These hardy trees endure freezing temperatures, rain, snow and heat but they continue to survive. This tree is shaped by the winds and the only noise heard here are the voices of nature. Watercolor on bristol board.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Uncle Ben

This was supposed to be the famous face of Uncle Ben who is used on the packages of a variety of rices. I painted this from the painting used of Uncle Ben on the packages. I liked the ink work because it was free and I wasen't really trying to copy the image that closely. I like the washes also. Only thing really does not look like Uncle Ben. Great exercise though. Ink and watercolor.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

First Snowfall

A painting for the winter was done quickly and shows a scene of the Lake Tahoe area after its first snowfall of the season in a normal year. The view is from under a snow-covered tree looking down toward the lake. I must have felt rambunctious to do a snow scene because they are challenging for me. This is only about the second one I have ever painted. The note cards I made of this went over big at the last arts and crafts fair in November. Now if we would only get some snow in the mountains and rains in the valley soon!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Trees Still Dropping Leaves

I drew this while sitting on a comfy chair on a pleasant day before Thanksgiving in my mom's front yard. Surprisingly, there are still lots of leaves on these trees some of which are still very green. Seems like the leaves are staying on the trees longer. We have not had much rain and it is just now getting cold. In error, I drew and painted this on the first page of my watercolor booklet which was not watercolor paper. It still turned out OK but I did not achieve the nice watercolor look. 8" x 10", ink and watercolor.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Similar But Different

These two images of the old Roseville, California
Tower theater are similar but different. I posted
the black and white version in 2007. I have since
added watercolor which leaves much more of
an impact with the viewer. Humans gravitate
towards color and if we are made to choose
between black and white or color, the color version
normally wins out.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Bishop's Pumpkin Farm

Our art association had a plein air outing at a local pumpkin farm. The farm has train rides, animals, vintage machinery and lots of things for children. There are also two major pumpkin patches from which customers can pick out their favorite pumpkin and take home to carve. We artists sat around and painted on a beautiful, mild day in mid-October. I did the major drawing on site then completed the painting at home using photo references. Ink and watercolor, 8" x 20".


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