Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Soaked Log

Crashing waves, a soaked log and cloudy skies highlight this ocean scene done very simply. In the midst of winter, this scene does not seem very appealing--but it will be in about six months from now when the cooling ocean sprays will keep our bodies comfortable during the heat of summer. Watercolor.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Idle Heavy Equipment

Another entry into my art journal shows an idle grader sitting by itself away from all of the other equipment and workers. Maybe it is too broken to fix but it was perfect for me to sit and draw. Is the tubing and wiring exactly as it was on the grader???--absolutely not but it looks close enough to be real. Ink and watercolor.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Uptown Auburn Station

This old railroad station on the westbound tracks to Sacramento is now the Chamber of Commerce activities center in Auburn, California. The statue in the foreground is a tribute to the Chinese laborers who worked the gold country area during the boon way back when.

While I was painting, a homeless person (or bum as we used to call them) came by, commented on my nice hat, then asked for money. I told him if I sell this painting I am working on I'll be back. He should look for me.

These landmarks along with some old box cars used for storage by the Chamber employees are a small reminder of a once-active area in Auburn. Trains still roar past. Seldom do they stop anymore. Ink and watercolor.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Forest Falls

This out-of-the-way scene may have been what a pioneer would have seen as search parties explored ways to get to the vast West as they branched out from the original colonies in the United States. These roaring falls in the middle of a forest are sounds that humans do not normally hear. Ink and watercolor.SOLD

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Eve

This country scene is very calm and quiet as it is now Christmas eve. The shopping is completed, the guests have arrived and all is content before the celebration begins. This ink and watercolor painting depicts the cold of the season, the brilliance of holiday lights, lawns of snow and peacefulness. MERRY CHRISTMAS to all!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Moonlite Mountains

A moonlite night adds color to the mountains as the residents show off their Christmas lights on one of the pine trees. This was an exercise in trying to make a night time scene look real using watercolors. Ink and watercolor. Merry Christmas.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Undone And Incomplete

My Truckee Meadow painting is posted because it started out well and I felt it had potential. However, its status remains "Undone" and "Incomplete" since I had planned to do more to it. I have a digital image but I cannot find the original. Since I generally do not throw artwork away, I must have tucked it away somewhere in my file system--and it's probably attached to the back of something. Eventually, I will find it--maybe. Ink and watercolor.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Simple Ornaments

Christmas is near and the smell of Christmas trees is in the air. We have had good amounts of rain and even some snow which makes it more like Christmas. Hopefully, many of you have most of your holiday shopping completed. Enjoy your holidays and be safe on New Years Eve. Ink and watercolor.

Monday, December 14, 2009

City Park

A scruffy looking man sits above a city on the lawn of a city park. Looks like he has nowhere to go and may be homeless. His view of the city is fabulous but his view of life may not be so good. Watercolor.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Down The Hatch

Tiger Woods needed one huge HATCH to open and drop through to enable him to hide with the uncovering of his infidelities and their impact on his marriage, career, future endorsements and his personal life in general. This quick sketch shows him proudly wearing the Stanford University hat and sweatshirt that he often wore. The darkness of clouds and the lighting bolts signify the gloom he is going through now.

And we thought he had it all.........guess we were wrong. Looks like Satan worked his magic on Tiger. It is all very sad.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

An Early Snow

These deserted old buildings feel the brunt of an early snowfall. The trees still appear to have many of their leaves which makes them look like giant cotton balls. The image tries to portray the very quiet feeling after a snow fall when all noises seem to be muffled--even your crunchy footsteps seem to be a muffled. Ink and watercolor.

Monday, December 07, 2009

This Is Jay

Hopefully, you will recognize this famous face. Every now and then I like to do faces--especially famous ones. I saw this online in an article about Jay Leno in his new time slot in the evening. It's wierd when someone changes spots on television--we get used to seeing him on later and now it's changed. Don't know if it's better for Jay, the viewers or the network. It's just very different to me.

And if Jay Leno sees this image he will probably want it but he cannot have it. Well, he probably could if he asked me. Hope you enjoy my caricature. Ink and watercolor.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Crunchy To The Last Nut

I dusted off this old sketch I drew of some popular candy bars you may have all heard of. Loaded with nuts, these Paydays with peanuts and Hershey's with almonds really hit the spot when you want to satisfy your "sweet" and "crunchy" cravings. I am sure you all know that.

This artwork, however, which is incomplete, is completed from my stand point. It was done as a test and I will not make all the stupid mistakes when I try future food art. Enjoy my candy bars and, yes, pick up five or six of these next time you are at the market. Ink, watercolor, brush pens, colored fine point pens.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Page One

So many artists in cyberspace keep art journals to record their trips and artwork. I have always wanted to start one but never got around to it until I visited Jim Bumgarner in Washington. He showed me one of his journals and I was sold. What a great way to record what you see.

I now have started a journal and this image is Page One. I forgot my camera but I completed my art at home and guessed on the colors. You will probably recognize these images that are commonly seen in California. I will post more as I sketch on the road. Ink, pencil and watercolor..

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

The 18th Hole

During an early morning paint out, I tried to capture the stillness of the 18th hole that two golfers had just reached on this warm summer morning. The sun was bright behind the trees casting nice shadows. This is the golf course at the Roseville Sun City adult community. Ink and watercolor.


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