Showing posts with label California. Show all posts
Showing posts with label California. Show all posts

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Mission San Antonio de Pala

San Antonio de Pala bell tower. Mission is located in southern California north of San Diego. Ink, watercolor, digital color

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Fairfield Vineyards

Grape vineyards and hills near Napa, California.
Ink and watercolor
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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Golden Hills Of California

These golden hills are beautiful. In summer, the dry grasses surround the green oak trees providing an interesting contrast to thousands of acres of green crops growing on the valley floor. After the winter rains, the grasses then change to stunning greens until the heat of summer changes the colors back again. It's an annual cycle that never ends. Ink and watercolor.

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Downtown Lincoln

Our downtown area in Lincoln, California, has many old structures that have been in existence for a long time. But this building does not look too old, looks updated and is very attractive. This was sketched on a bright sunny day on site and completed at home. I added some vehicles for interest and made all tree leaves very green which adds some pop. Ink and watercolor.

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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Rainbow Bridge Roseville

This bridge is located in Roseville, California, heading into the "Old Roseville" district. I used black India ink and brush to draw this subject then I used watercolors to complete it. Drawing and painting loosely is a great change from my normal tight and detailed images. It is very stimulating and makes me produce an image with fewer lines. Ink and watercolor. SOLD

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

California Grape Vineyard

This painting shows a grape vineyard typical for California. Some are larger, some are smaller, some are neater, some are secluded. But there are many because of the weather conditions that allow perfect grapes to be grown. The drought is over and water is plentiful so I expect a huge supply of grapes this year. Some will be used to make wonderful wines at the many wine tasting facilities. Be careful you don’t taste too much!!!! Ink and watercolor.
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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Sacramento Water Tower

This water tower is located on the southern rim of the city of Sacramento next to Interstate 5. I decided to paint this tower one day so here it is. Currently, the slogan reads “America’s Farm-To-Fork Capital”. For many years the slogan said “City Of Trees”. Many citizens are not happy with the change. Major discussions are taking place. Will they change it back? Who knows. Ink and watercolor.

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Saturday, April 01, 2017

Mission Santa Barbara

This old mission is located in southern California near the city of Santa Barbara. Many of the California missions were destroyed by fire or earthquakes since originally being built. This one was damaged by earthquakes and rebuilt and fortified. It still serves the community as a parish church and remains a major attraction for the city of Santa Barbara. Ink and watercolor.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

San Francisco Side Street

The city of San Francisco has so many unique locations to draw. This painting shows a simple, hilly side street, multi-story buildings with afternoon shadows and an interesting view looking upward. I added more color to everything including the sky for more interest. I did most of my ink work first then added color since the overall image needed more punch. Ink and watercolor.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Mission San Miguel

Beautiful Mission San Miguel was founded more than 200 years ago in San Luis Obispo County eight miles north of Paso Robles, California.  A favorite mission for its country-like setting, the area has grown around the mission in the town of San Miguel located in the central coast of California.  Ink and watercolor.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Spring In Yosemite

Winter clouds linger but bright green grasses and foliage indicate its spring time in Yosemite. The river is running high and soon temperatures will rise and comfortable weather is coming. As summer nears, the tourists will appear at this beautiful National Park. Ink and watercolor.

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Saturday, December 03, 2016

Spectacular Courthouse

This beautiful courthouse is still being used in Auburn, California, and remains a very majestic historical monument. Travelers on I-80 East will see this building on the hill to the right as they pass by the town of Auburn. Built in 1894, this structure is still open to the public and is one of northern California’s popular landmarks for tourists. Ink and watercolor.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sketch Crawl In Truckee

Truckee, California, is located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range 100 miles east of Sacramento and 12 miles north of Lake Tahoe. Highway I-80 runs through Truckee, as does Amtrak. In September I spent some time here sketching the downtown area. The weather was warm, tourist traffic was heavy and I found some quiet places to sit and draw. This scene is a section of downtown drawn from the corner of the Amtrak depot. Ink and watercolor.

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Friday, September 09, 2016

San Francisco Apartment

A wonky, loose painting focuses on a typical apartment top which could be found in San Francisco. Done quickly and loose, this painting shows that a drawing does not need to look exactly as it appears in real life. Every line is crooked, main structure looks flimsy and colors are not like the real thing. But by taking artist freedoms a new impression is formed and it is one of a kind and fun to do. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Summer At Lake Tahoe

This large painting shows a calm shoreline somewhere at Lake Tahoe located in the north eastern part of California. The waters are still cool even during summer and visitors can enjoy the transparent waters in the shallows. At this time of the year, thousands of visitors enjoy swimming, water skiing, sightseeing and pleasant temperatures. 
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Friday, August 05, 2016

Sketching In Lincoln

This is an early morning July 
view of the clock tower located 
in the Twelve Bridges Shopping 
Center in Lincoln, CA. 
Most of the drawing was done at 
the site. With photos from my camera, 
I was able to define details and add the 
watercolor washes in the comforts of 
my home. 

Ink and watercolor.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Entering Auburn

This scene is what a traveler sees as he exits I-80 in lower Auburn, California. This part of the town is known as old Auburn and is still a favorite stopping point for tourists to visit old stores, bars and updated restaurants. There is much to do and see but beware of the many tourists and limited parking. 
Ink and watercolor.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Sacramento Solons

In the 1950s, our family would travel to Sacramento to see the AAA baseball team play in the Pacific Coast League. We loved to see them play at Edmonds Field. This painting shows the entrance to the ball park which always seemed crowded with people and cars. It is a nostalgic impression of a scene way back when I was a teenager. Ink and watercolor. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

San Francisco Street Corner

My painting depicts a typical corner in downtown San Francisco. There is not a store called “T & E”, that is merely a ficticious name. I like the detail in this painting but the scene does not even come close to showing the energy in this city. Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Monday, May 02, 2016

Auburn Historical

This painting is of the historic Tahoe Building located in the middle of Auburn, California. I remember it as a teenager and today it is still stands tall and proud. It seems there have been many businesses that have occupied the first floor and I remember the upstairs being used for banquets. For those who live in Auburn and pass by it daily there may be hardly a notice of this old building. When I visit Auburn, I always pay special attention. Mixed media.


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