Showing posts with label San Diego. Show all posts
Showing posts with label San Diego. Show all posts

Friday, February 16, 2018

Patio Light

A patio light surrounded by lush, green foliage. Ink and watercolor.

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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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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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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.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Junipero Serra Museum-San Diego

The Junipero Serra Museum sits on a hill in Presidio Park in San Diego. This beautiful mission-like structure is a beauty to see. I went to visit the museum during our visit to San Diego last August mid-afternoon. I encountered very few tourists so I enjoyed my view in peace and quiet. Ink on bristol board.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Mission Fountain

On our trip to San Diego in August, I visited the beautiful Mission San Diego de Alcala in Mission Valley. In the courtyard at the mission, this magnificent water feature stood magically in the noon sunshine. I snapped some photos and was able to recreate this gem back at home. Ink and watercolor.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Mission San Diego de Alcala

This is my latest version of Mission San Diego de Alcala located in San Diego, California. I have painted this before but I wanted to try a more colorful version. I barely remember this mission as I visited it many years ago when I lived in the area. On my next trip to San Diego in August, I hope to see it again. Pen, ink, watercolor.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Artificial Reef

I saw this photograph in a newspaper article about artificial reefs. The photo really sparkled so I decided to reproduce it in "Terry Banderas" style of art. The idea of artificial reefs seems to be successful. Old ships are cleaned up and sunk and we are discovering these new obstacles make great cover for fish and seaweed that normally gather on or near reef-like obstacles. The angle is looking up towards the water surface. This photo was taken somewhere off the coast of San Diego. Mostly watercolor with a tad of ink.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Mission Santa Ysabel Asistencia

This facility is located in southern California east of San Diego. It was built as a sister mission to one of the California major missions. This one is named Santa Ysabel Asistencia. In the many years I lived in San Diego, I never knew this existed. Now that I have moved, I can only draw it from a beautiful photo. Ink and watercolor.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Dam At Lake Hodges

Life is swell when I can sit in peace and quiet at a scene like this. This old dam is at the west end of Lake Hodges, a beautiful little lake near Escondido, California, located about 25 miles north of San Diego. When heavy rains hit, and they do hit in this area that gets low amounts of precipitation, the lake fills to the brim. The water begins to overflow into a stream which meanders to the ocean many miles away. Ink and watercolor.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Junipero Serra Museum

This ink and watercolor painting shows the beautiful Junipero Serra Museum in Presidio Park in San Diego. From this hilltop location, one can look out to the Pacific Ocean, the local beach areas, downtown San Diego and the major interchange of Interstate 80 and 5 highways.

The park area has lots of hills covered with green grasses and mature trees and is such a relaxing public area to have a nice picnic. Next time you are in San Diego, seek out this location and see for yourself how nice this place really is.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Hotel Del Coronado Beach

A beach side view of the Hotel Del Coronado in the San Diego area. This view is not the one we normally see when we see this famous hotel. This original painting was given to our long time friends Jerry and Ellen Halamuda who live in Poway near San Diego. Ink and watercolor.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Lighthouse At Sunset

This painting was done to fill up an extra 8" x 20" frame I had. This is my summer lighthouse scene as the sun heads downward into the foggy sky which reminds me of the many years I lived in the San Diego area.

Near the ocean from May, June and into July, we would wake up to cloud cover. If the sun came through eventually, the cloud cover returned by days end. When I tell people about the gloom that invades San Diego they are very surprised. But it does exist and is very annoying. Now, who wants clouds when it's supposed to be the nicer part of the year? But, from August thru April, the weather is ideal except for the minimal rainstorms that hit. Ink and watercolor.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

It's Back Again!

The new football season is back again! With that in mind, I recently pulled this drawing out of my archives portfolio to post. This sketchy drawing shows a charging San Diego Charger of the past, Earl Faison, who played with the team in the 1960s. This huge lineman was fast and big. I drew this from a photograph and I like the sketchy, loose style that I often stray away from. At times, I draw like this again because it is so free. I do the line work, throw in some washes and it is done. Rapidograph pens, 11" x 14", ink washes.

In conclusion: .... and if the current Chargers do not get their act together this is going to be a disaster of a season!!!!!! They have already dropped their first two games.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Hotel Del Coronado Revisited

Each time I return to San Diego, I try to visit some of my favorite spots. One of my favorites is the Hotel Del Coronado located across the bay from downtown San Diego. This structure and its surrounding grounds are absolutely beautiful especially when the sun is gleaming down. You will be spoiled once you have stayed in this popular vacation resort. The entire experience along with enjoying the nearby white, sandy beaches and spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean will linger in your memory for a long time. In my painting, I show two hotel guests relaxing under the trees in the shade with part of the hotel rising in the background. 11" x 14" ink and watercolor.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Escondido Fire Images

These photos were sent to us by our ex-neighbors Kim and Tony Ditty in Escondido which is about 25 miles north of downtown San Diego. The fire came up into their property but the fire fighters saved their home. In this small development, only a few homes were lost and several damaged as far as we can tell.This is where we lived five years ago. I never dreamed this would ever happen. This location is just one of the many areas hit by the Witch Fire and is located west of I-15 on the north edge of Lake Hodges. Across the lake many homes were lost in Rancho Bernardo. SignOn San has very good coverage of the fires as well as maps to view areas close up (with street names).

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Tragic Fires

We have been monitoring the horrible fires in southern California and in particular the San Diego area. Five years ago, we moved from the Escondido area to northern California. The fires are near our previous home which is located on the north side of Lake Hodges at the southwestern edge of Escondido. At this point 4 or 5 homes have burned in that development which is called Lomas Serenas. Our relatives have left Escondido not knowing if their home will remain.

We have many friends in the San Diego area and many are in harms way--from Escondido to Rancho Santa Fe to Chula Vista. We have made contact with many and have offered to have them come here to stay. We can find homes for people if we need to. Most have found other places to live.

Unless you are from southern California, you have no idea of the force of Santa Ana winds. They are strong and hot when they blow into the area. In September, October and November the temperatures are still very warm and the land is tinder dry. These appear to be some of the worst winds that I can recall. The winds must die down for the fire fighters to get a chance to halt the charging fires.

Last night I saw news reporter Larry Himmel reporting in front of his home that was aflame and destroyed. I probably could not have done what he was able to do. Larry is not just a reporter. We grew up watching him on the news for many years. That makes it much more personal. We also believe our former church (RBBC) in Rancho Bernardo may be partially destroyed.

All for now. We will watch and pray that the winds subside and cooler weather will arrive.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Mission San Diego de Alcala

San Diego de Alcala, the first of the great California Missions, marks the birthplace of Christianity in the far West. It is California's first church. Built in 1769 and refurbished in 1931 it remains an active parish for worshippers in the area. I like this painting because it is simple and I love the bell tower. The green of the trees gives the painting some punch. Ink and watercolor, 11" x 14".

Friday, March 23, 2007

Bonanza Air Lines Diary

Most of you probably never heard of this little airline. I drew this at San Diego's Lindbergh Field back in 1965 in my then DIARY but now called ART JOURNAL. The airport was much smaller then and we could get real close to the airliners to draw them. But as many others, this little airline went away and is only a memory to some of us who flew and drew these small puddle jumpers.


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