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Friday, August 29, 2008

Puppy For Adoption

I saw a full-page advertisement in the Sacramento Bee concerning animals for adoption. A large black and white photo of this little guy was part of the ad and he was perfect. He has this "how-can-you-NOT-adopt me look". My drawing was done using Rapidograph pens, quill pens with black and brown inks. Most people say this little dog is "so cute" or it is "so ugly it is cute". Anyway, I hope it was adopted. My name for him is "Moe"

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Majestic Monarch

This is the first piece of a series I am doing with butterflies. I am starting now as there are fall art shows planned that I will enter. The fall shows are great for selling for the holiday season. This art will fit into an 8" x 10" mat and framed. It will be for sale along with sets of note cards. Ink and watercolor.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Summer Flowers


This colorful painting of pots and various types of flowers is shown on a typical hot summer day in the middle of California. In full bloom, the flowers produce their own beautiful color to go with the nice colors of the pots or urns. August temperatures have been in the 90s. The summer heat will prevail for at least another month then many of these colorful flowers will lose their luster and disappear--only to reappear next year. 11" x 14", ink and watercolor.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Clumps Of Cactus


This desert scene shows a variety of cactus that grows in clumps which may be found in the arid environments of California and Arizona. This semi-realistic artwork has lots of color and loose detail. Fits an 8" x 10" mat and work is done using quill pens, rapidograph pens and watercolor. Sometimes "loose" is better and that is what I wanted for this exercise.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Can't An Animal Just Stare?

I saw a photograph of these ferocious little lambs in a pasture. It's amazing how these animals can stare at us like they are wondering why we are looking at them. They are probably thinking how "geeky" and "strange" we humans are and have a good laugh talking about us over dinner at night. Who knows what they are thinking and who cares. This artwork was done using quill pens with black and brown inks on watercolor paper.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Amtrak At Sunrise

An Amtrak passenger is racing out of the sunrise as it heads west on a cross country haul. Train travel is still very magical to me. If you have time, travel by train. You will find it is so much fun and very relaxing. The views are generally spectacular while you let someone else do the driving. My painting is fictitious but I believe shows the magic of trains. The engine is narrower and taller than an actual Amtrak engine but I made it that way for impact as the train gets larger the closer it gets. The hint of color in the clouds reflects the rising sun. The ground areas show shadows along with brightness from the headlights and sun. Missing, is the noise and intensity of this huge train. I hope you enjoy my painting. 11" x 14", ink and watercolor.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Country Arches

This high arched bridge spans a peaceful country valley. The trains passover on this bridge and break the silence of the country side. The structures, the greenery, the distant hills and the bridge together make this a pleasant view. To artists who think they need to be exact on everything, note how I have made the lines on the bridge very loose but the structure still looks real. So do not worry if all of your lines are not exactly straight or angles perfectly squared off. This painting is 8" x10", ink and watercolor.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Pine Tree With Mail Boxes


Last week I was up at my mom's home doing the lawns, trimming and cleaning up her property. While resting in the shade, I noticed the pine tree and row of mail boxes directly across the road. I always wanted to sketch this scene and just so happened, I had a watercolor pad and pen handy. So I drew it! The sun was to the west casting a rich yellow green highlight on the pine needles. Pine trees are fun to do--just do not try to do every branch and clump of pine needles exactly as they are on the tree. It's OK to free lance a bit but the end result must look like a pine tree even if it is not exact. The mail boxes were simply done. Five light colored and one brown. Simple, colorful and country-ish!!!!! Enjoy. 8" x 10" ink and watercolor.

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