Showing posts with label color. Show all posts
Showing posts with label color. Show all posts

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Rocks Flowers & Mountains

Heavy winter rains have allowed an abundance of colorful flowers to sprout as spring nears and warmer temperatures unfold.
Ink and watercolor
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Flower Fields

Heavy winter rains have allowed an abundance of colorful flowers to sprout as spring nears and warmer temperatures unfold.
Ink and watercolor
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Autumn Color

I am looking up into the trees on this nice autumn day. The sun is shining through the leaves showing more colors than the eye can imagine. Soon the leaves will be gone and bare limbs and trunks will show clearly. Winter is next. Ink and watercolor.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Blue House

Funky trees frame a house on a hill in the distance. The weird branches and limbs were formed by blowing blobs of watercolor through a straw. The watercolor scatters into patterns which make them look like branches and limbs. Nice effect but the artist has very little control. Ink and watercolor.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Autumn Afternoon

I hope you enjoy my stylized and colorful landscape painting of autumn trees with green and brown hills filling the background. I put in an ominous sky for more interest. Sometimes, fantasy is fun to paint. Ink and watercolor.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Four Tulips

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Saturday, June 01, 2013

Happy Monarch

This colorful butterfly is enjoying its leisure time by bouncing from flower to flower slurping up the food mother nature provides. I made the colors more brilliant on this monarch than they are in real life but maybe that made it more noticeable than it wants to be. The painting is more exciting when enhanced. This butterfly will continue to enjoy life by bothering nobody and remaining quiet. Ink and watercolor.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Bear In The Trees

This painting displays the wonderful, brilliant colors that we will now see as the weather turns cooler and the heat of summer disappears. My focus on this painting was the trees and leaves but to add more interest I added a little bear who has meandered into this grove of trees. I hope you enjoy the colors of autumn and my friendly bear. Ink and watercolor.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Cactus Tree

A very wild cactus tree displays beautiful colors in this desert scene. We are used to seeing normal cactus plants but not cactus in tree form. I enhanced my painting by adding more color along with a greater variety of greens. Ink and watercolor.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Fish At Home

Fish swim freely in their colorful underwater kingdom where they have only a few predators to fear. When waters are clear, a myriad of plants, rocks and crustaceans can be seen living on the sea floor environment. My fish are no particular species--I just made them colorful. Ink and watercolor.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Union Square

A view of Union Square in San Francisco is shown here where the activity seems to never cease. Loose lines, loose color and concentration on shapes with minimal worry about detail highlight my art. People ask me why I am changing my style when they see my "sketchy" work. No change--it's just fun to sketch. Ink and watercolor.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Until Next Year

My title indicates that we are at the end of a season which was created by Mother Nature earlier in the year. The sad part is that these beautiful leaves are disappearing. The good news is that next year a new batch of leaves will be budding and the long cycle will begin again. Colorful leaves like these never seem to be very boring. Enjoy the fallen leaves around your home because soon they will be blown away or covered with snow. Ink and watercolor.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Under An Autumn Tree

This painting was done from a photograph. Location is unknown. The leaves in the photograph were more yellows and golds. I changed them to include reds, oranges and some purple. We still have lots of color on our trees in Lincoln but the mountain trees are losing theirs. Wherever this tree is, I'll bet it has lost all its leaves. The seasonal cycles march onward. Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Painted Desert

After heavy winter rains, the desert sprouts its color of wildflowers. The color on the hills complements the colors on the desert floor as all the flowers display their beauty under the warm sunlight. Ink and watercolor.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Autumn View

This countryside painting shows the colors of fall beginning to appear. The trees around here and up in the mountains are bursting with color and the evenings and mornings are much cooler. The rains are beginning to fall and autumn seems to be disappearing. This simple sketch was done as I was waiting for a friend to arrive. Keep the sketch pens ready, I always say. Ink and watercolor.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Simple Color Sample

I wanted to do something very simple so I redid a drawing and came up with this colorful little image. At times, I can get a nice effect by not doing the entire image as I did here on the vase. Colorful and simple, this painting shows how you can do a painting with very few strokes.

Think and plan before you put your pen or brush to the paper. It might seem difficult but it's not as hard as you might think. Do some tests on some small scraps of watercolor paper. Try it some time--I think you will like the exercise. Ink and watercolor.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Desert Fence

Vivid colors show a desert just after a rainstorm. A broken fence litters the shrubs and rocks giving us a reminder there once was some live stock housed in the area. I used bolder ink lines in this painting but I think now--too bold. Ink and watercolor.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

A Craving For Color

I drew this rustic old barn and surrounding scene with Prismacolor Premier Fine Line Markers.This is a departure from my normal ink and watercolor style. I liked using many colors with small-point pens for a change to satisfy my current craving for color.

Every now and then I think it's fun to try a different art style just for a change of pace. 8" x 10"

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Get Out Of Your Rut

Sometimes, we artists get into a rut. Don't know what to draw or paint so we do nothing. We just need to adapt!

A trick I have learned from Cathy (Kate) Johnson from one of her fine watercolor instruction books, is to just throw some wet washes down on paper and let the color mix or spread wherever it wants. From those colors, start painting an image--or an image may develop from the basic mix of colors--use your imagination. In this case, I chose flowers. Nothing looked very real but I used more watercolors, color brush pens, and Micron ink pens and I developed my flower images. It's a great way to pull out of a rut.

Check out the work Cathy has produced. If she can't inspire you, no one can!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Proud And Poised

I saw a photograph in a magazine the other day and thought I would draw it. I really like the flowers, the leaves and the curly branches and trunks. This plant is named South African Aloe. It has popped up in some of the drier areas in the USA like California and Arizona.

The long flower spears are very proud and poised as they reach for the sun with their brilliant color. Looks like the flower plants may grow into short trees and eventually into larger trees all producing color. I would like to have some of these in my yard but I think they might grow too large. So I'll just enjoy these plants through my painting. Ink and watercolor.


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