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Monday, February 28, 2011

Color Canyon

For southwest USA lovers, this little painting has it all. Clouds denoting the possibility of  thunderstorms, colorful banks of canyons and mesas, trees and vegetation able to grow because there is water and the actual cool waters of a river flowing from the canyon through the trees onto open desert land. Ink and watercolor.

Monday, February 21, 2011

A Show Of Emotion

A clenched fist is a symbol that can signify several emotions. It can show victory, anger, elation, power, conquest and maybe other emotions. We all have our thoughts on what it can mean--and we all have probably used the fist at some time in our lives. When was the last time you used a clenched fist when swept with emotion? Ink and watercolor.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Elaine's First Church

On our last trip to the northwest USA we visited my wife's hometown of Kennewick, Washington. We drove by the church that she began attending when she was a little girl. I took some photos from across the street and drew and painted this when I returned home. It's a nice little church that holds lots of memories for my wife. Many have gotten hitched here. We did not.
 Ink and watercolor.

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Very Old Station

This old service station was mighty busy in its day. Travelers would stop and all stations were full service where they filled your tank, checked the water and tires and cleaned your windshields, rear view mirrors and rear window. I'll bet many of you never saw that kind of service or even heard of it unless your parents, aunts and uncles told you about it.

Seeing these stations made me feel better because I always thought our family car would break down during our long family outings from Auburn to Sacramento. I figured the mechanics could fix our car problem while we decided to refresh with a cold Coca Cola. 
Ink and watercolor.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Bottled For Wine Lovers Only

I produced this painting over a period of a couple of days with the sole purpose of trying to make it project its vibrant colors. I poured the background and the colors came out great. My wine labels are very generic although many wine bottles have great labels which attract buyers. Sometimes, I will buy a bottle of wine because the label looks nice. Wine expert I am not! Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Monday, February 07, 2011

Mission San Juan Bautista

Mission San Juan Bautista, is located in the central part of California near Salinas. While my image makes this mission look small it is much bigger than shown. There is a long extension to the left side of this structure as well as a structure extending directly from the back of the main building shown here. This mission is the largest Spanish mission church in California. Ink and watercolor.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Golden Trees

With the sun setting in the west, long, heavy shadows form on this autumn landscape. The golden trees in the foreground are still glimmering in the sunlight but will soon go dark. We see three layers of landscape in this painting--lowlands, foothills and mountains. Snow now covers most of these areas. Watercolor.

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