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

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.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

San Diego Victorian

While visiting San Diego last August, I found some time to sketch this beautiful Victorian building near Balboa Park. This building is a tax and financial office. I sent the owners a card of this image and they offered to purchase the original painting. They received the painting and hopefully have it hung inside. SOLD

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Still In Business

Gladding, McBean is still in business and produces ceramic products to customers world-wide. Located north of Sacramento in the small town of Lincoln, it remains in operation at the same location as when it opened in 1875. The old buildings are perfect for any artist to produce their impressions as I did in 
ink and watercolor.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Rainbow Bridge At Donner Summit

This old structure is located near the top of Donner Summit on the Old Highway 40 between Reno and Sacramento. I remember it as I was growing up when my parents would take us to Donner Lake. Today, it is awesome as ever and still offers a beautiful view of the lake below. Ink and watercolor. Purchase art at SOLD

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Cargo Ship Terminal

This painting was done several years ago above the cargo ship terminal at Benicia, California, about 30 miles east of San Francisco. Large cargo ships meander up the Carquinez Strait to unload and load their cargo. The day was beautiful, scenery spectacular and I ate my sack lunch while completing most of the painting. Ink and watercolor.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Old Tractor

Several years ago, this beautiful old tractor was parked next to a country road with a "For Sale" sign on it. The tractor has been gone for years since I painted it. Some one has used the old parts that were available or renovated the tractor and is using it to cultivate the land. Ink and watercolor.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Battery Point Lighthouse

My painting shows a beautiful lighthouse in northern California. I enjoy lighthouses because they stand alone and are in lonely places. Inside, they are comfortable and warm. Would I have liked to work there as my profession? Probably not, but I still love to paint them.
Ink and watercolor.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Balboa Park Sketch

Sketch done during a sketch crawl in at Balboa park in San Diego, California August 2015.            Ink and watercolor.


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