Friday, June 29, 2012

Eucalyptus Beauties

These beautiful eucalyptus trees are dancing in the wind somewhere in the back country of southern California.

Eucalyptus trees are hardy and grow in warm climates and seem to thrive with minimal rains. They are native trees of Australia and Koala bears love to chomp on the leaves of these trees which is the main source of their diet. These tall trees are high-rooters and grow fast up to 200 feet tall. They are vulnerable to high winds which can make them come tumbling down. Ink and watercolor.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Old Auburn Firehouse 2012

The Old Auburn Firehouse in the old part of Auburn, California, is seen by thousands of visitors each year. Not only is it seen by visitors who stop by the old town area but by many who drive by on I-80 as they drive past Auburn. This old building is a favorite for most artists. Watercolor.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Cactus In The Sunshine

A prickly cactus thrusts upward sprouting new buds in this bright sunshine scene. The cactus plant is fun to draw and easy to replicate even if the drawing is not too exact. Get the colors right and exaggerate the prickly thorns and you have a beautiful warm-weather plant. Ink and watercolor.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Two Tigers

Tiger faces are fun to draw and paint. A tiger's piercing eyes, colorful fur and menacing behavior makes one take notice. These beautiful animals are dwindling in numbers. Poachers are out in great numbers to kill for the fur and other parts for medicinal purposes. Wild tigers are found in Asia. Ink and watercolor.

Friday, June 01, 2012

California Beauty

Located in northern California, Mt. Shasta is seen by all as it looms at the southern end of the Cascade Range at 14,179 feet in elevation. This mountain is relatively isolated from other peaks which helps make it very noticeable to passersby. It offers a beautiful site for travelers on Interstate 5 and Amtrak railroad passengers. This is a volcano and experts say the last eruption took place at least two centuries ago. Ink and watercolor.


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