Thursday, July 29, 2010

For Cat Lovers

This playful little scene was done to be used for note cards for my next art show. Ink and watercolor.
People love note cards that remind them of their pets.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Another Lighthouse

This year I have been on a lighthouse kick. This red and white beauty was done because it is awesome with its bright colors surrounded by the atmosphere of the sea. This beacon of safety for shippers, stands tall on a desolete outcrop which allows an unobstructed view of the open waters. Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Huge Saguaro

My desert scene shows a huge Saguaro cactus typically found in Arizona. The cactus was drawn from a photograph I took during my last Arizona trip. All of the other desert plants and shrubs were drawn from other photo files.

When one stands near these giant cactus plants, it is difficult to understand how these even remain upright. Clusters of these are seen around the area and are commonplace. Birds love these plants to burrow into and make nice homes.
Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Monday, July 19, 2010

Broadview Farm Bed & Breakfast

We recently returned from a vacation in Vermont where we attended a family reunion. The highlight of our trip was staying at a beautiful bed and breakfast in Danville. Molly Newell, the innkeeper and owner of the Broadview Farm Bed and Breakfast offered outstanding hospitality, super breakfasts and an opportunity to relax at day's end. I drew the sketch during one of our quiet times in the late afternoon. We discovered the place via the Internet, made our reservations early and enjoyed our stay a great deal. Carafes of coffee awaited us every morning at 7 AM. What a pleasure it was to stay at this relaxing home. Sketch done in ink on site and watercolored at home.

Thanks to Gary and Laurie Williams and Dale and Susie Moe who stayed with us at the Broadview for being a part of this memorable time.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Observation Car

One more "end of the train" car
found on old passenger trains was
called the observation car. These
streamlined cars allowed passengers
to sit in their seats facing backwards to
watch the rails go by and enjoy the countryside.

I never rode in one of these but I always imagined how nice it would be to sit in these nice coaches with some good food and good drink.
Ink and watercolor.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Quiet Reflections

The water shows the buildings reflecting in this quiet spot in a foreign city. The movement of the waters offer an unreal view of the actual structures. Actually, this was a small image for a larger painting I plan to do one of these days. I like the way it looks.

Small paintings are "great tests" before I start my final painting. I think it's because there is no pressure when I know it's "just a test". Mistakes are OK. But, by doing these preliminary images, I discover what I should do or should not do on the final painting. Maybe many of you out there have the same thoughts. Ink and watercolor.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Lower Auburn

A tourists view shows a section of old town Auburn, California. The old and mighty courthouse sits atop the hill in the background. This was drawn from an old photo which included Tsuda Grocery which is no longer a grocery store. Ink and watercolor.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

When It's Dusty

During any hot afternoon in the desert, the thunderstorms will appear and are a welcome relief as they cool the day and leave the landscape smelling cooler and fresher. It dampens everything so the earth is no longer dusty.

This small painting developed as I was painting one day in my garage. It was a blazing hot day outside and I would have welcomed a brief, drenching rain. Ink and watercolor.


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