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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Into The Dark Of Night



I painted this scene because I love trains and railroads and the excitement they bring. Here, a train heads out into the night on a long haul somewhere in the USA. This is my Midsummer Night dream. Watercolor.


Friday, June 27, 2008

Break In The Storm

A beautiful sight to see is when the sun comes out from behind the clouds during a FIERCE rainstorm. The glimpse of light may be brief but it is quite nice to see. My watercolor sketch is 2" x 3" and is an image from my mind, which is frightening in itself. I hope you will enjoy it anyway.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

NCAA Division I Baseball Champions

The Fresno State University Bulldogs are the 2008 NCAA Division I baseball champions! And since I am a former Bulldog baseball player, I, along with many others are extremely pleased with this year's College World Series ending. Fresno State powered past the University of Georgia Bulldogs 6-1 in the final game of the series. Fresno's overall record for the year was an unimpressive 47 wins and 31 losses. But when tournament time came around, the Dogs got tough by winning the Long Beach regional and the Tempe super regional before blasting through the best in college baseball at the World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. Mike Batesole, the coach of the Bulldogs, was masterful in using his pitching staff and thankful that his hitters battered opposing pitching. They won six times when a loss would have ended their season. They won seven games against teams ranked in the top 10 and three more against teams in the top 20 to claim the 2008 title. Congratulations to the baseball team at Fresno State University.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Time To Gamble At Lake Tahoe North

During the end of May we took a trip to Lake Tahoe to see a friend and have lunch. I was excited to take my art equipment and camera. I planned to sketch outdoors as well as take photographs of the lake. Unfortunately, the day was gray, dark and cold. We saw snow flurries as we had lunch. I took some snapshots of the casinos because they have such neat signs. This view is on the Nevada side (where gambling is legal) looking back towards California. On this artwork, I used rapidograph pens, watercolors and brush pens. This was drawn from my computer screen by pencil onto the watercolor paper. Perspective is slightly off on the "Crystal Bay" and "Club" signs. Even with this glitch I think the art came out well. Final painting is 16" x 20", ink and watercolor.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Cool River Valley



A beautiful valley and a clear, cool river running through it shows why it is so nice to get out of the city and see the countryside. My painting shows the variety you can see in settings like this--cool blue waters, colorful river banks, lush evergreen trees and in the background the dry, rolling hills dotted with trees. This combination was what drew me toward doing this painting. 7.5" x 7.5", ink and watercolor. SOLD



Friday, June 13, 2008

Yellow Sky At Day's End

This is a simple illustration using one color with black. Unfortunately, I did not do this on watercolor paper. The yellow sky has different tonal values to add interest. The trees were done in solid black with no tones. The ocean in the lower part and in the background was done with diluted black ink. The idea for the yellow sky was something I saw at a beach on a late, hot summer afternoon. Seems like there was dust in the air along with some fog coming ashore that gave this effect. The sun was only a hazy ball in the sky. While this was only an experiment, I put a mat on it, and it looks pretty good. 11" x 14" ink and watercolor.


Monday, June 09, 2008

No Hands Bridge

The no hands bridge is called that because at one time there were no guard rails for you to use for support. That's my explanation for it anyway.This historic bridge crosses the American River east of Auburn, California. The bridge was completed in 1912 and trains would cross over hauling materials from the quarries. The building of this structure proved that concrete was practical for longer bridges. It's dangerous down by this quiet waterway. The water is deep and the current swift. Jagged rocks lurk beneath the waterline. I know all this because I used to play on and around the bridge when I was young--how smart was that? 11" x 14", ink and watercolor.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Tsuda Grocery Is Disappearing

This cozy little market in lower Auburn was owned by the Tsuda family and the business has been in this part of town since 1918. The family was moved to wartime camps in 1942. The market reopened at this location in 1951. It has survived the good and the lean times. Unfortunately, it is now "boarded up". It is being redone inside and will become a new type of store. This painting was done on a sunny day in the middle of winter. Lots of trees have no leaves. The area was bustling that day and eventhough it may look warm it was not. Hopefully, my painting has captured an old treasure. 11" x 14", ink and watercolor. SOLD

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