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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Time Spent In Photoshop







Sometimes it's fun to spend some time 
experimenting with Adobe Photoshop just like it's fun to 
experiment with watercolors. I used some of my original paintings to play with the filters available in this application. It is fun to see the many interesting transformations that can be produced.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Going To Church

On a bright sunny day, these people are going to their beautiful church for late morning services. After church the entire family will feast on a filling brunch then go visiting friends. That's what a relaxing Sunday should be like.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Glaring Eagle

This predator is clearly capable of securing any meal it wants by pouncing on unsuspecting critters. I saw this eagle in a newspaper ad and I really liked his piercing look. I used black and color Sharpies with watercolors. SOLD

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Brilliant Autumn Colors


The trees that surround us are moving into their cooler weather phase as they change their colors. This phenomenon has many of us searching for the ultimate changes of color before the trees drop their leaves in preparation for the cold winter months. My painting shows one of the many autumn paintings I have done. The tree trunks were masked out using blue painters tape cut to varies sizes and widths. Next I applied the brilliant washes. I pulled the tape off and added ink lines, and washes to the trunks. It's a simple process. Try it! You will like it!  Ink and watercolor.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Old Store In Sheridan

This summer, I traveled to Sheridan which is located on Highway 65 between Lincoln and Marysville, California. The railroad tracks cross the highway in Sheridan where this little store sits on the frontage road. I remember this store as I was growing up when our family would travel through. This old structure is just a memory for the many folks who purchased goods there. Now it sits all boarded up. The car belongs to a postal employee who works next door. Ink and watercolor.
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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Flower Wagon

While back in Vermont this summer, I discovered this nice little cart sitting empty on the porch of my brother-in-law's cabin. I took some photographs and when I returned home I drew the cart but I also included pots with flowers. The empty cart would have been OK but I added the flowers for more interest. Ink and watercolor.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Dam At Lake Hodges


Life is swell when I can sit in peace and quiet at a scene like this. This old dam is at the west end of Lake Hodges, a beautiful little lake near Escondido, California, located about 25 miles north of San Diego. When heavy rains hit, and they do hit in this area that gets low amounts of precipitation, the lake fills to the brim. The water begins to overflow into a stream which meanders to the ocean many miles away. Ink and watercolor.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Carl's Jr.

You may recognize this sign during your travels around town. It leads you toward a recognizable fast food establishment where you may dine. The friendly birds love this sign.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Rocky Roadrunner

We received two pieces of colorful garden art for our yard. The wings spin around to supposedly keep the birds away. The spinning does not work well unless I oil them constantly. Our local birds, however, feel they have a new friend and suspend themselves in flight over the two Rocky Roadrunners as if they want them to play with them. The bright colors make these guys very noticeable and popular. Children think they are a toy and want to yank them down and play with them. Ink and watercolor.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Beneath The Surface

This large fish is a version of some kind of colorful trout searching for food in a cold stream up in the mountains. If you can make your lure twirl properly you might bag one of these beauties. My fishermen friends would like to snag one of these. I wish they would so they could bring one or two home to share with me. I love to eat fish but I do not care to catch them. I would rather sketch while they fish. Ink and watercolor.

 

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