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Showing posts with label country. Show all posts
Showing posts with label country. Show all posts

Monday, May 15, 2017

Barns And Trees 1

Simple farm yard scene #1. These old wooden structures have lasted through all kinds of weather and still store farm equipment, feed and miscellaneous items for the owners. My next post will show a flip-flopped version of this same scene. Ink and watercolor. 

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Country Antiques


In most rural areas of the USA, one can usually find discarded and abandoned vehicles. Some of these old treasures are ripped off for their parts and any other useable items. This old pickup no longer has its bed and definitely shows the wrath of time. Automobiles and farm equipment can also be discovered. Ink and watercolor.
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Friday, September 16, 2016

A Country Mailbox

Colorful winter morning skies appear through leafless trees onto a lonely rural mailbox. Rural mail boxes still exist all over our country. I love them. Reminds me of the old days while growing up in the countryside. 
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.

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.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Old Tree

Gnarly old tree still has life as it shows some green between the leafless old branches. 
Ink and watercolor.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Abandoned Structures

Old structures dominate this secluded, very colorful valley. I like the lonesome, isolated feel of this painting. Maybe it is a place I would like to visit to do nothing but relax, eat, sip wine and paint. Ink and watercolor.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Orange Path

This clearing in the woods is rich in color. I began the painting with yellows and oranges over the entire background done wet in wet. Once the background dried, I layered in the distant woodlands in subdued greens. As I moved forward, the greenery and trees become more intense and I really like the orange on the path. The tree shadows were added last and made this painting "pop". My final strokes were adding "whites" on the trees and grasses by pulling off the existing watercolors. 
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Saturday, November 05, 2011

Red Barn And Critters

This peaceful country setting includes some critters who are enjoying some leisure time. Old barns, especially old weathered red barns are a favorite for many including myself. Old equipment and the smell of hay and animals remain in these relics of the past. Old barns can be quite scary at night as if ghosts are lurking. When the wind blows we can hear the wood creak along with many other strange, unexplainable noises. Ink and watercolor.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Simple Flowers

Simple flowers like these are sprouting up all over the area now that spring is here. They would be more plentiful if we had more sun, warmer weather and less precipitation. The color is out there for all of us to enjoy but beware, so is the pollen which makes us sneeze and have itchy eyes. Watercolor.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Covered Bridge

This little covered bridge is a thing of beauty. It is weather beaten (although I added more color to the wood) and still stands after many years and is still being used by vehicles. (only one vehicle at a time.) Trees, flowers and cottontails and other wild grasses add to this tranquil scene. Ink and watercolor.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Caravan Of Palm Trees


A farmer drives his empty wagon back home along a quiet country road in Loomis, California. The palm trees along these roads in Loomis and Penryn provide a very common pattern. Someone many years ago loved palm trees and decided to plant them. They are beautiful. These trees are along many of the country roads that meander through this part of the countryside. This painting goes on exhibit at Mina's Coffee House today in Lincoln. 16" x 20", Ink and watercolor. SOLD

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"

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.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

As The Moon Rises

Simple watercolor experiment shows a moon rising up over the evergreen trees. Trees are done very simply with thick brush pens while thin pen lines were used in the sky. I used Sap Green, Paynes Gray, Ultramarine Blue and a bit of Yellow and Raw Sienna.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Country Arches

This high arched bridge spans a peaceful country valley. The trains passover on this bridge and break the silence of the country side. The structures, the greenery, the distant hills and the bridge together make this a pleasant view. To artists who think they need to be exact on everything, note how I have made the lines on the bridge very loose but the structure still looks real. So do not worry if all of your lines are not exactly straight or angles perfectly squared off. This painting is 8" x10", ink and watercolor.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Pine Tree With Mail Boxes


Last week I was up at my mom's home doing the lawns, trimming and cleaning up her property. While resting in the shade, I noticed the pine tree and row of mail boxes directly across the road. I always wanted to sketch this scene and just so happened, I had a watercolor pad and pen handy. So I drew it! The sun was to the west casting a rich yellow green highlight on the pine needles. Pine trees are fun to do--just do not try to do every branch and clump of pine needles exactly as they are on the tree. It's OK to free lance a bit but the end result must look like a pine tree even if it is not exact. The mail boxes were simply done. Five light colored and one brown. Simple, colorful and country-ish!!!!! Enjoy. 8" x 10" ink and watercolor.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

French Countryside

I did this painting during a watercolor class two years ago. I redid the painting recently and it turned out better than the first one so I am posting it. The countryside scene is very colorful and I really like the shapes of the buildings and the angle of the roofs. The texture of the watercolor paper is evident which adds to the fresh look of this painting. It's simple, colorful and clean. No, I did not go to France to paint this. It was from a photograph taken by a watercolor instructor when he visited. 8" x 10" ink and watercolor.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Tractor With Attachments

Alongside a major boulevard near my home was a beautiful old tractor for sale. From what I could see, the tractor had seen better days and now was retired and the owner was ready to “part” with its useable “parts”. The tires were flat and worn, parts misaligned and the paint had faded and there was a “for sale” sign on it. The amazing thing about this equipment was all of the gadgets, attachments, pulleys and levers that were available to the driver. There were many holes and connections to attach blades, and other farm equipment. I did not even draw all of the parts because there were so many. Now it is gone! Someone paid the $200 and owns this classic machinery from the past. 11” x 14” watercolor on bristol board.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Happy Little Church

I think this little church may be typical of lots of country churches anywhere in the USA. Old churches are so much fun to draw and paint because they have so many lines. The old wooden churches really had lots of nice lines, shingled rooftops, colorful glass windows and always seemed to be painted white. This drawing is ficticious in that I took snips from various photographs to produce it. I did not know what to do with the sky so I went minimal with some sky and hints of clouds. The building is slightly leaning to the left but that was done intentionally to make it look older. 11" x 14" ink, watercolor on bristol board. SOLD

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