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

Monday, August 13, 2018

Other Side Of The Tracks

During a sketch crawl in Truckee in northern California, I sat and sketched the view across the tracks near the train depot. It was a warm day but I was in a shady spot. Lots of detail on this painting. Did the basics on site, took photos and finished at home. Ink and watercolor

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

More California Poppies

Thousands of California poppies still color the hills, valleys and meadows throughout the state. This batch includes a few "white" poppies which show up now and again. Ink and watercolor.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Relaxed Dining

Front facade of the La Provence restaurant in Roseville, California. Superb dining and great venue. Ink and watercolor.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

California Golden Hills

Golden hills surrounding the California valleys look very dry during the warm months. In winter and spring the grasses are green. In summer and fall the grasses are golden as shown in my painting.
Ink and watercolor

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Upper Yosemite Falls

Upper Yosemite Falls deposits water downward onto the meadow floor causing spring flooding at this national park. Ink pen, shades of gray brush pens were used for this painting. 
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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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