Showing posts with label Sacramento. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sacramento. Show all posts

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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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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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Wheatland High Rise

Wheatland is a small town in the Sacramento valley near where we live. This beautiful old high rise structure looks like a once-busy processing facility near the railroad tracks that run through the town. What it processed I do not know. The rusting sheet metal enhances the beauty of this building which is still being used by somebody. The birds love it and only the trains that roar by break the silence. Ink and watercolor. SOLD

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.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Tower Theater In Sacramento

The Tower Theater spire still stands in Sacramento, California. It is a beautiful structure and this part of the city remains very active. Ink and watercolor.

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.

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.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Country Storage Tanks

I produced this small painting after I watched a demonstration by David Lobenberg at a Lincoln Hills Painters Group meeting. David produced a large painting of this for his demonstration. Totally motivated, I went home and produced my own version as I tried to remember all the steps he showed us. I am pleased with my end product showing country storage tanks after a rainstorm. Watercolor.

Friday, February 15, 2013


These wetlands scenes are typical of those seen in the areas west of Sacramento. At sunrise or sunset colorful clouds and sky make for beautiful scenery. I had two narrow frames so I did these paintings to fit into them. They look good framed. Can't get much simpler than these watercolor paintings.


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sacramento Caboose

This ink and watercolor painting shows a classic old caboose located in old Sacramento. This beautiful little classic is a charming memory of the famous "end of the train" in railroad lore.

While visiting one day, I took many photos at this tourist area. This caboose has always caught my eye and I wanted to draw it. I did most of this work at home using photo references. SOLD

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Old Sacramento Paint Out

I had an open Saturday in March and participated in a "Third Saturday" paint out in old town Sacramento orchestrated by David Peterson. The day was beautiful. I arrived early to find a parking spot. Slowly, artists began to arrive and find their spots to begin painting. David was painting to my left looking down the street. You can see his version from that day if you link to his site.

Unfortunately, a huge SUV pulled in right in front of us and parked. I included the vehicle in my painting but de-emphasized it.

I believe there were about 35 artists painting that day. It was amazing to see all the different styles of artwork in various mediums. It was a great day and I hope to attend another paint out soon.

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Old Milk Farm

Along Interstate 80 is the remnant of a site that served many a traveler in years past. When we would travel toward San Francisco, we always stopped at the Milk Farm, a fantastic bustling restaurant with great food and huge milk shakes. The restaurant disappeared long ago and the lone signage is all that remains.

Today, many of you in northern California will see this landmark as you travel between Sacramento and San Francisco near Dixon. SOLD

Monday, February 23, 2009

Country Barn Modified

Country Barn Two is a repeat for this blog. I redid this from scratch (whatever scratch means--everyone uses that term so I am using it, too) and it is similar to a painting of a barn done previously. This was done as a demonstration for a class and it turned out well. The students did well with this also. It seems that anytime I repaint something I previously have done, it turns out much better. Maybe many of you find this to be true with your own work.

This is an old barn in northern California shown during a bright, sunny Spring day. 11" x 14" ink and watercolor.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Commuter Station

This painting is of the new passenger terminal in Rocklin, California which is located about 20 miles north of Sacramento. This station is one of the stops for the daily Capitol Corridor commuter train that travels to the San Francisco bay area. My concern while doing this painting was putting in the shadows. But, I am quite pleased with how the shadows turned out. Ink and watercolor, 11" x 14".


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