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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Seeing Is Deceiving


Last year I had the opportunity to be down on the playing field near the San Francisco Giant's dugout. Tim Lincecum, the team's star pitcher walked by. Also known as The Freak by his team mates, Tim is only 5'-10" tall and weighs about 170 lbs which made me wonder how an athlete with such a slight build can throw a little round baseball as hard as he does.

The answer is that he has the arm strength, was taught the proper pitching mechanics and he has the grit. Each game he hones his skills and is learning to pitch smarter. The Giants are close to winning their division as the regular baseball season nears the end. Sharpie, Prismacolor pens. SOLD

Monday, September 27, 2010

Duke Was Number One

My friend Duke belongs to my niece Jackie, her husband Will and their one-year old daughter, Lucia. Duke was in the family way before Lucia came along and was really the "king". Now with Lucia as part of the family, Duke has realized he is not the "top dog" anymore and really does not like it one bit. If we pay too much attention to Lucia, Duke will leap in between us to make sure he is not left out. I hope Duke knows we still love him. When we say "Stay" he leaps at us. The dog learns slowly if at all. Ink and watercolor. GIFT

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Lotus General Store

This old-fashioned general store in Lotus, California, still stands proudly and is open for business. This painting was started last summer but was finished this September. The little village is in the gold country of Placer County near Coloma. Our plein air group decided to paint out in this area and I sat across the road from the store. Except for many cars passing by on this country road, the morning was pleasant and I finished the major lines of this building that day. One year later, using images from my camera taken that day as reference, I completed the painting. Ink and watercolor.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

McSketching On Tuesday

Yesterday, I stopped at a famous fast food establishment and had some breakfast while I sat in my car and sketched this familiar signage. It was a clear, sunny day, I was alone and no one was bugging me. It was totally peaceful. Ink, watercolor, color Sharpies.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Dog Days Of Summer

Dog days of summer in my mind are the hot summer days that take place in late August and early September when we are all just plain tired of the blasted heat. Our thoughts are tending toward cooler autumn days and nights and even the images of cold winter days. It's all a vicious cycle because during the bad winters our thoughts turn to warm spring days. This image shows the threat of thunderstorms and lower river levels and attempts to denote a hot, muggy day. Ink
 and watercolor.

Monday, September 13, 2010

House For Sale-Cheap!

This might have been a nice little home at one time. It now is abandoned, owned by someone, I am sure, and is available to some brave individual or couple to fixup and use as a winter home. There is no running water, probably has an outhouse, and includes plenty of wild neighbors and fantastic landscaping. You may need to travel a good distance for supplies and you cannot get sick because I will bet there are no medical facilities nearby. Ink and watercolor.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining

Look for the silver lining in my clouds as the famous old proverb talks about. Clouds are beautiful and we take them for granted and, of course, you do not really see something special unless you really want to. When they are fluffy we feel good but when they are dark and low we know we may need shelter. These little samples of  landscapes and clouds were done quickly just to get the feel for some ideas I have for future larger paintings. It's always fun to play with ideas. Ink and watercolor.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

At The Bend



A powerful engine, loaded with fuel, hauls many freight cars as it roars through a clearing rainstorm. It approaches an old grain elevator and assorted buildings, a railroad unit house and many blue puddles reflecting the sky behind the clearing clouds. The sky should probably have more blue to match the amount of blue I have reflecting in the puddles. If I can fix, I will. If not, I will leave it alone. Ink and watercolor.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

My Kind Of Dessert

The season for fresh cherries is over. But, when they are plentiful, they make a fantastic light dessert to top off any meal. While growing up, we lived near orchards where we could eat as much as we wanted. All the mothers would prepare fresh pies and turnovers. In fact, we could pick and eat any fruit that was grown so I felt I was really spoiled. This small painting reminds me of my time growing up and the fun we had when school let out in June until we started again in September. Ink and watercolor.

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