Saturday, October 31, 2009

Model In Bed

This piece of art was done many years ago. I recently pulled this out of archives, added some color washes and got some images with my digital camera. I think I copied this from a photo in an ad on shaving devices for women to remove hair. Anyway, I liked this cute little model so I am showcasing her for this week's Illustration Friday theme of SKINNY.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Railroad Puddles-Afterwards

My painting was primarily done as an exercise in reflections on water. The scene is made up and almost looks unreal but I like the simple look of it all. It shows the afternoon sun trying to break through after a rainstorm has dumped lots of rain.

I feel that all artists should be able to put down on paper what comes from their minds. I have talked to some who cannot. They must be looking at something. I have done "imaginary art" since I was a little kid when I realized I loved to draw. So this may be easier for me since I've been doing this for many years. Ink and watercolor.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Covered Bridge

This little covered bridge is a thing of beauty. It is weather beaten (although I added more color to the wood) and still stands after many years and is still being used by vehicles. (only one vehicle at a time.) Trees, flowers and cottontails and other wild grasses add to this tranquil scene. Ink and watercolor.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Lotus Barn

My artwork was done in the heat of a hot sunny day in a little town called Lotus at a group paint out. Lotus is only a few miles from a popular Gold Rush state park at Coloma in California. I am not sure what this vertical structure was used for when it was a functioning entity, but it looked like it wanted to be painted.
While we thought we would be painting on a quiet country road through this little town during our paint out, we were surprised to discover this road was heavily traveled. Hard to relax when there are trucks and cars roaring past over the speed limit. Ink and watercolor.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Loose Flakes

When it gets too cold for water, the droplets turn to frozen flakes called snow. The flakes are intricate designs to themselves only we see them as white bits fluttering to earth. This sketch shows hints of these designs.

I doodled these while listening to talk radio one afternoon before I fell asleep. Why did I not do white flakes? Because it was easier to use the colored pens I had available. I woke up, and continued inking in the snowflakes using Prismacolor pens then applied a colorful, wet wash to the background. This is the closest to snow I will get this winter. Ink and watercolor.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Craving A Doughnut

One morning I was craving a doughnut of some type. There were none in the house but I did have a freshly brewed cup of coffee. My craving for a doughnut was satisfied when I sketched this common little cake doughnut with white frosting and colored sprinkles. I saved myself from some calories that I did not need. Ink and watercolor.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Auburn Victorian

During a hot summer day at a plein air paint out, our group was up in Auburn, California, for our weekly outing. On one of the back streets of the town, we came across this totally redone Victorian home which is an office for attorneys. The detail is fantastic in this old home. I drew for about an hour in order to finish the basics so I could get out of the heat. When I returned home I used images from my camera to finalize the painting. 11" x 14", ink and watercolor. SOLD

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Suspension Bridge In Hiding

A smart looking suspension bridge is placed hiding in the trees in northern California. No cars, no people--only quiet except for with the sound of water rushing beneath the bridge. Ink and watercolor.

Friday, October 02, 2009

This Germ Scared Me

When I was a little boy, I believed these creatures were germs so I really tried to stay away from them. They didn't look harmful but somehow I got it in my head they would make me sick.

After a long time, when I saw other children playing with them and seeing they did not get sick, I overcame my fear of these harmless lady bugs--and also because all my little friends called me a "chicken". Ink and watercolor.


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