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Showing posts with label desert. Show all posts
Showing posts with label desert. Show all posts

Monday, May 28, 2018

Egyptian Pyramids


Beautiful, huge and mysterious. But the amazing thing to me is the fact these were constructed before there were cranes. Somehow these people figured out how to use people power, pulleys and engineered the building of these gigantic structures. How did this happen when the blocks to build the structures were huge like tons huge. These are marvels of mankind. Ink and watercolor.


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Monday, May 21, 2018

Barren Hills

There is some beauty in this parched, arid scene of hills and mountains which could be from the deserts in southwest California. No green from plants or trees show this area gets very little rainfall.
Ink and watercolor.
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Church Courtyard

This painting was started many years ago but I finally decided to finish it. This structure was in a desert area but I cannot remember the location. I used pen and ink, color dyes and watercolors. I like the detail in the architecture along with the desert colors and hints of green from the plant growth.


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Friday, April 15, 2016

Southwest USA

This ink and watercolor sketch displays a sprawling vista of desert, river and mountains in the southwest section of the USA. This could be a scene from the states of Arizona, New Mexico or maybe Utah. You decide. Maybe you have been here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Two Palms


 Two palm trees bask in the sun in the Coachella Valley in southern California. This scene is a view from the Palm Springs area looking west toward the San Jacinto mountain range. Brilliant watercolors and loose art style highlight this simple outdoor painting.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

In The Desert

Beautiful cactus plants dot the desert landscape. Any variety of this plant is easy to detect. Sizes range from a few inches to 40-50 feet in height. Grab an ink pen and add some color and you will be able to come up with your own version.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Curves Ahead

This road sign alerts drivers to be aware. There are many curves ahead with thunder clouds looming in the distance. So not only will drivers be going slow for the curves but they may run into heavy, soaking rainstorms. These obstacles can make any drive more interesting. 
Enjoy my painting. Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Klondyke Store Revisited

I repainted this little old structure located in the town of Klondyke, Arizona. My first painting (done in 2009) was very popular. I misplaced my digital files and I could not make prints. So this is the 2014 version done from old photos and drawings. According to a friend, this old store is no longer standing. This painting will allow it continue to live and not be just a memory. Has anyone been to the town of Klondyke lately? If you have, let me know. I would like to know if any of this little store even exists anymore. Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Red Mountains

This panoramic view of open spaces is located somewhere in the southwest USA. The beauty of trees, water and colorful mountains make this high-desert country scene soothing to view.  Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Monday, July 22, 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013

Edge of The Desert



These early morning scenes seem cool and calm before the heat of the day. Soon, the dry, dusty winds will roll through as the day heats up. Usually, in the afternoon, drenching rains will soak the landscape to take the sting off the stiffling heat. Watercolors.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Cactus In The Sunshine

A prickly cactus thrusts upward sprouting new buds in this bright sunshine scene. The cactus plant is fun to draw and easy to replicate even if the drawing is not too exact. Get the colors right and exaggerate the prickly thorns and you have a beautiful warm-weather plant. 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.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Palm Islands


Simple, colorful painting of life in the desert. Why these palms can grow here is a mystery but they are a sight for sore eyes--the only place that can give relief from the hot sun. This is a larger painting done mostly with large brushes and broad strokes. Watercolor.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Desert Resort

A desert resort sits below the mountains on the edge of a desert. This could be in Borrego Springs or Palm Springs in the hot, arid parts of southern California. A nice comfy hotel with air conditioning, pool, a cool restaurant and bar always seems to be the right place to enjoy the pleasures of the desert. Ink and watercolor.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Cabin In Isolation

An old family home sits idle in the desert slowly wasting away in the heat of the day. When I see places like this I wonder why someone would build a home in the middle of the desert. Logical question since there is nothing around the cabin. Maybe someone enjoyed isolation. Ink and watercolor. SOLD

Monday, February 28, 2011

Color Canyon

For southwest USA lovers, this little painting has it all. Clouds denoting the possibility of  thunderstorms, colorful banks of canyons and mesas, trees and vegetation able to grow because there is water and the actual cool waters of a river flowing from the canyon through the trees onto open desert land. Ink and watercolor.

Monday, September 13, 2010

House For Sale-Cheap!

This might have been a nice little home at one time. It now is abandoned, owned by someone, I am sure, and is available to some brave individual or couple to fixup and use as a winter home. There is no running water, probably has an outhouse, and includes plenty of wild neighbors and fantastic landscaping. You may need to travel a good distance for supplies and you cannot get sick because I will bet there are no medical facilities nearby. Ink and watercolor.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Totally Immovable

These huge, dry mountains and hills at the edge of a desert appear immovable. Over time they do move because of the pressures within the earth. There is a certain beauty to the dryness and blandness in this type of scene. Many do not like the dry look. I love it and the isolated feeling. Ink and watercolor.

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