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Showing posts with label Arizona. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Arizona. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Window Rock Arizona

This Arizona landmark means “the rock-with-hole-through-it”  according to Navajo translation. We know it today as “Window Rock”. Window rock is a small city located in eastern Arizona near the New Mexico border about 30 miles from Gallup, NM. It serves as the seat of government and capital of the Navajo Nation. Located on the high desert this landmark and city receive many tourists yearly. Ink and watercolor.
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Monday, April 10, 2017

Old Arizona Bridge

This old bridge is located north of Snowflake, Arizona. It’s way out in the country and farmers may still haul over it and herds of cows might meander over it still. The Little Colorado River flows beneath the bridge. My illustration was inspired from an illustration done by the late Earl Thollander whose art I totally admire. Ink and watercolor.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Southwest USA

This ink and watercolor sketch displays a sprawling vista of desert, river and mountains in the southwest section of the USA. This could be a scene from the states of Arizona, New Mexico or maybe Utah. You decide. Maybe you have been here.

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

Friday, January 06, 2012

After The Catch

A National Football League wide receiver catches the football and looks down field as he heads towards the opponents goal line. These receivers are fluid and fast and have the ability to catch the football while preparing for a crushing tackle from the other team. Shown here is an Arizona Cardinal. Football is a violent, brutal game watched by thousands of sports fans throughout the USA. The playoffs are here and the march to the Super Bowl is on. Ink and watercolor.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

A Mission Scene

Greenery at a mission in Arizona helps get the juices flowing in this desert scene. I like "green" when it comes to desert areas as I feel it makes things "look" and "seem" cooler. This painting was developed by applying watercolor washes to damp paper first. Once the washes dried, I applied my ink drawing. It's a fun technique but there is a lot of guess work as to where to apply the various washes. Try it sometime when you feel adventurous. Ink and watercolor.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Huge Saguaro


My desert scene shows a huge Saguaro cactus typically found in Arizona. The cactus was drawn from a photograph I took during my last Arizona trip. All of the other desert plants and shrubs were drawn from other photo files.


When one stands near these giant cactus plants, it is difficult to understand how these even remain upright. Clusters of these are seen around the area and are commonplace. Birds love these plants to burrow into and make nice homes.
Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Sunday, January 10, 2010

A Scene From Klondyke

This ink and wash image is a Terry Banderas redraw from a book published many years ago by my idol Earl Thollander. This little store and post office in Klondyke, Arizona, is typical of the type of structures found in the southwest USA. Colorful and simple, this scene shows the peacefulness of days gone by. Ink and watercolor.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Heirarchy Of Pleasure


I am not much of a golfer but I always like the beautiful green courses that would make a hot day seem less hot. Many courses abut up to clusters of rock (like in Arizona) or above the blue oceans (like coastal California courses) which make picturesque scenes.

The number one pleasure when I play golf is to take in the outstanding scenery on or near the golf course. Improving my golf game comes next, comradery with my partners comes next and the pain I feel in my knees at days end ranks the lowest.

I hope you like this scene shown at the edge of a golf course. Ink and watercolor.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

High Country Beauty

A scrubby tree frames the brilliantly colored ridges in the high country in Arizona. The wispy white clouds are a sign that later on this hot afternoon, the dark thunder clouds may appear and drench the earth with a soaking rainstorm. 8" x 10" watercolor.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Proud And Poised

I saw a photograph in a magazine the other day and thought I would draw it. I really like the flowers, the leaves and the curly branches and trunks. This plant is named South African Aloe. It has popped up in some of the drier areas in the USA like California and Arizona.

The long flower spears are very proud and poised as they reach for the sun with their brilliant color. Looks like the flower plants may grow into short trees and eventually into larger trees all producing color. I would like to have some of these in my yard but I think they might grow too large. So I'll just enjoy these plants through my painting. Ink and watercolor.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A Visit To Monument Valley

I have finalized this larger painting in preparation for our association's Fine Art Show scheduled for February 2009. Monument Valley is a beautiful area located in SE Utah and NE Arizona, It is not a true valley but an area of pinnacles and buttes that rise as much as 1,000 feet above the desert floor.

The movie industry has filmed many movies here because of the picturesque red and orange sandstone, siltstone, and shale
landscapes. This is now in a 19" x 23" frame and ready for the show. Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Clumps Of Cactus


This desert scene shows a variety of cactus that grows in clumps which may be found in the arid environments of California and Arizona. This semi-realistic artwork has lots of color and loose detail. Fits an 8" x 10" mat and work is done using quill pens, rapidograph pens and watercolor. Sometimes "loose" is better and that is what I wanted for this exercise.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Cool Springs Station




The rebuilt Cool Springs station is now a gift shop offering souvenirs and one-of-a-kind Cool Springs memorabilia. Cool Springs is located about 20 miles west of Kingman, Arizona on Route 66. After driving many miles through "nothing" you arrive at this little station which is located "nowhere". The quietness, the eerie howling wind and the looming mountain can easily whip up any superstitions you may have in lonely regions. Micron and Pilot pens and Faber Castell "Shades of Grey" brush pens, watercolor, 10" x 13" on Strathmore Smooth Bristol.

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