Monday, December 29, 2014

In The Jungle

Fishing boats and people dot the shores of this ocean inlet where a tiny village sits nestled at the base of hills and is surrounded by trees. Seems like the people may not enjoy a very exciting life style but maybe there is not much stress either. Ink and watercolor.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Mama And Baby Polar Bears

Two polar bears seem content in a far off land where it is very cold. It looks like they may have had a nice meal and could be ready for a long nap. Today, unlike in the past, bears do not have as many chunks of ice to float on. Without this ice they cannot reach their prey. Change in climate is the greatest risk to these beautiful animals.
Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Friday, November 21, 2014

Night Snow

Snow falls in a small town on a cold wintery night. It must be cold since no people are out enjoying a quiet walk. On nights like this it’s nice to be relaxing inside a nice warm home. Ink and watercolor.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

An Autumn Still Life

The colors of autumn excite everyone. My painting is what you may find at a country farm or at a store display. Corn stalks, old corn, dried squash and ripe, full pumpkins surround this old milk container and wicker basket. I’ve tossed in a few leaves to complete the scene.
Ink and watercolor.

Monday, November 03, 2014

A Forest Path

A path snakes its way through trees and shrubs that are gleaming with autumn colors in a congested forest. Soon, all the leaves will drop and branches will be naked and ready for cold winter temperatures. Watercolor. SOLD

Thursday, October 30, 2014

San Francisco Giants-World Champions Again

My little baseball sketch is a perfect symbol to help celebrate the World Series win by the San Francisco Giants.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Calm Morning

Pleasant sunlight, calm waters, and colorful trees make up this very simple watercolor painting.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Color Change

This time of the year, the leaves on the trees begin to change their colors. The colorful trees will soon be bare. This change lets us know that winter is coming up. Let’s hope this winter brings lots of snow to the mountains and plenty of rain to the valley. Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe

This is a painting of one my favorite places. The mountains around Emerald Bay let everyone have a spectacular view of the bay and Fannette Island, the only island on beautiful Lake Tahoe. Watercolor. SOLD

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bright White Bank

In the Oak Park area in Sacramento, California, there is a beautiful white bank that I had the opportunity to paint with David Peterson at one of his recent workshops. He demonstrated then we students painted. I felt my painting came out well and the exercise was fun. I like the freedom of this loose-style painting. Watercolor and ink on watercolor paper.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Peaceful Morning

A lone deer enjoys the serenity in its forest home. It is surrounded by huge trees, a rushing creek and lush, green grasses. The rays of the sun warm its body as it remains on alert for any hidden dangers. Ink and watercolor.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Angels Landing-Zion

Located in Zion National Park in southern Utah, these tall rock formations are a paradise for hikers and mountain climbers. Watercolor.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

When They Used Cabooses

Recently, I did this railroad scene showing the once-familiar caboose at the end of a steam powered freight train. I am thinking many of you may never have heard of a caboose. But I do remember them and I always thought how great it would have been to work and ride in one. Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Saturday, July 19, 2014

From North Dakota

Recently, we were in the state of North Dakota near Grand Forks. There are many small towns in this state-I mean really small. From photos I took, I painted this grain elevator complex in Larimore, a small town west of Grand Forks. These structures are located all over the state and are near railroad tracks so their products can be carried away. These elevators are very noticeable as they stand tall above very flat countryside called the Great Plains. Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Morning View

The sun is rising over this peaceful water scene. The steep mountains indicate this painting is in a place like Vietnam where ocean waters snake through the mountain gorges. Fishing boats dot the waters. The waters are calm. Soon the day will be hot and humid. Enjoy this watercolor painting.

Friday, July 04, 2014

California Poppies

When we see the poppies flooding the countryside, we know it’s spring time. My painting was inspired by the many poppies that bloomed in the foothills after a less-than-normal rainy season. When the poppies bloom we know that winter has gone and warmer days are ahead. Ink and watercolor.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sacramento Scene

My Sacramento painting shows parts of the Tower Bridge with high-rise buildings to the east toward the main part of the city. The bridge is a Sacramento icon that is a very familiar landmark in the capital of California. The Sacramento River flows beneath the bridge. 
Ink and watercolor.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Santorini Greece

 This painting is an impression of one of my favorite spots that I would like to visit. Everything I have seen about this place seems very unique. Elevated above the blue waters, the view is spectacular. From friends, I hear there are sparkling beaches, great restaurants, ancient buildings and great wine.  The travel brochures tell me this beautiful place sits on an active volcano. 
Enjoy my ink and watercolor vision.

Monday, June 02, 2014

Evening Starlight Fantasy

This evening sundown scene shows stars appearing much sooner than they would normally appear. While painting, an artist’s perceptions can make a painting more interesting. By allowing the stars to show, I was able to include the beautiful colors of the sun’s rays as they appear at sunset on the horizon. Ink and watercolor.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Terry's Flower

This flower image which I named after myself started out as a test. It looks like a form of lily but I cannot tell for sure. Using some tan construction paper, I drew a few ink lines, then slapped on some color. While scanning, dark background images appeared which I liked so I kept them. At times just playing around along with accidents during scanning can result in pleasing results. Ink and watercolor.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Curves Ahead

This road sign alerts drivers to be aware. There are many curves ahead with thunder clouds looming in the distance. So not only will drivers be going slow for the curves but they may run into heavy, soaking rainstorms. These obstacles can make any drive more interesting. 
Enjoy my painting. Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Auburn Train Depot-Westbound

When train travel was roaring, this railroad depot was very active in upper Auburn. Now the trains do not stop here. This building is the home of the town’s Chamber of Commerce. Growing up in Auburn, I remember how exciting this area was. Passenger trains stopped, people meandered and baggage was hoisted on and off the trains. Then the trains would leave—heading towards San Francisco. Now it is quiet but fond memories remain.
 Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Monday, April 28, 2014

California Mission-Santa Ines

This mission is located in southern California by Solvang which is near Santa Barbara. An earthquake in 1812 destroyed most of this structure but it was reconstructed and still is standing tall today. The structure is number 19 of the 21 missions in the state. It remains an active parish and has a museum, gift shop and information center. The old missions are fun to visit. Ink and watercolor.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Beautiful Mt. Rushmore

 Everyone should visit this national park. On a family vacation years ago, we stopped to visit. For tourists, there is a large area to view these tremendous rock sculptures of four American presidents (Washington, Jefferson, Ted Roosevelt and Lincoln). It’s difficult to understand how something like this was done--the sculptured faces are 60’ tall, carved on the side of a mountain, and the likeness of the individuals is remarkable. Visit this national park in South Dakota if you ever have the opportunity. In the meantime, enjoy my ink and watercolor painting which is available for purchase. SOLD 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Tenaya Lake Yosemite

This panoramic view shows Tenaya Lake nestled beneath the huge rock formations of Tenaya Canyon in Yosemite. The background mountains and cloudy sky reflect the brilliant red and orange colors of an evening sunset. Ink and watercolor.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Klondyke Store Revisited

I repainted this little old structure located in the town of Klondyke, Arizona. My first painting (done in 2009) was very popular. I misplaced my digital files and I could not make prints. So this is the 2014 version done from old photos and drawings. According to a friend, this old store is no longer standing. This painting will allow it continue to live and not be just a memory. Has anyone been to the town of Klondyke lately? If you have, let me know. I would like to know if any of this little store even exists anymore. Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Autumn Afternoon

I hope you enjoy my stylized and colorful landscape painting of autumn trees with green and brown hills filling the background. I put in an ominous sky for more interest. Sometimes, fantasy is fun to paint. Ink and watercolor.

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Hollywood Sign

This famous sign is located in Los Angeles, California, and situated on Mount Lee in the Santa Monica Mountains. It was created in 1923 as an advertisement for a real estate development but became a famous and very noticeable icon when the sign remained standing. The letters are 45 ft. tall and the letters extend to about 350 ft. My painting was done as a commission for a Christmas gift last year. Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Time For Wine Tasting

 My loose and colorful painting reminds us that it’s always nice to sample wine with friends. Along with the wine, it’s also appropriate to have some crackers, sliced meats and yummy cheese. You may notice that some of my work is very loose (like this one) and very tight like some previous images. I paint the way I feel. It is so nice to be able to paint without many constraints. Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Old Railroad Utility Shack

Once upon a time the railroads had utility shacks along the rails. You may still see them. This one is unique and I have never seen one like this. It looks very sturdy, sports an aging color of blue and may have been a base for workers who were instrumental in keeping the rails intact and the trains moving during the days of steam. Who knows, maybe this was a temporary “overnight home” for some lucky railroad employees also. Ink and watercolor.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Church Street

While on the internet, I came across an image of a quiet neighborhood with a huge church at the end of the street. It is somewhere in Europe. I liked the neat look of the row of homes and was struck by the huge church in the background so I painted the scene. Seemed odd for the church to be so close to the homes but close it is. Even though it is a sunny day, the bare trees behind the structures let us know its winter time. Watercolor.

Monday, February 17, 2014

A Few Little Caricatures

Once in a while, I play with drawing faces. Doing portraits where your drawing actually looks like the person you are drawing is difficult. Caricatures are a little different—they should be humorous which allows for a lot of freedom. If a couple of features of a person’s face are there, a funny face is easier to do. People shown here are: Jay Leno, Willie Nelson, Jim Carrey, and David Letterman.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Stormy Weather Ahead

My painting is an impression from a photograph I discovered on the Internet. This does not look much like the original photograph because I decided to enhance it. This image shows a colorful sunset and the silhouette of a huge naked tree where predictions of rain and snow will soon dampen the parched earth. This scene is near Truckee, California, which is located between Donner Summit and Lake Tahoe. Ink and watercolor.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Red Mountains

This panoramic view of open spaces is located somewhere in the southwest USA. The beauty of trees, water and colorful mountains make this high-desert country scene soothing to view.  Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Saturday, January 25, 2014

An Old Los Angeles Favorite

This painting of the Capitol Records building was done for a friend who gave the original as a gift to her son on Christmas 2013. This building and scene is one of his favorites. Many of you may recognize this building which was very unique when it was built in 1956. Located just north of the famous Hollywood and Vine intersection, it remains very unique in its architecture to this day and is a definite landmark in Los Angeles. Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Saturday, January 18, 2014

An Old Country Library

Every little town has a library. This one in downtown Lincoln is now obsolete and has been replaced by a larger facility outside of town. I posted a photo image of this library on my personal Facebook site and now I am posting my loose watercolor painting on my art site. The old building still looks sturdy and bright. Too bad some of these old buildings have been replaced. But that’s progress I guess.

Friday, January 10, 2014

A Park In The City

In the middle of New York City there is property known as Central Park. This urban park has lots of trees, huge lawn areas, water features and many trusty old stone bridges as shown here. It is a place for people to enjoy and remove themselves from the hustle and bustle of a busy city. This bridge looks solid and the colorful trees surrounding the stream make for a tranquil setting. Enjoy my Ink and watercolor landscape painting. SOLD

Saturday, January 04, 2014

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Thursday, January 02, 2014

Happy New Year

 My first painting of the year shows a quiet neighborhood at night during a winter snowfall. My painting also suggests “wishful thinking” on my part because we in northern California are not receiving rain or snow as we normally do. Typically, we would have had a decent amount of rain and the mountains would be packed with snow by now. Hopefully, the month of January will begin to bring us some precipitation. We need the snowpack so our lakes will fill up and be ready for the warm summer months. Enjoy my watercolor. I hope you have a happy and prosperous 2014.


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