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Showing posts with label summer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label summer. Show all posts

Friday, July 27, 2018

Morning Waters

On a hot summer morning, the sun's rays begin warming the day. The stream, trees and rocks all come alive. Birds begin to chirp. Temperature is rising. It will be a hot day and all creatures will look forward to the cooler night time. Ink and watercolor.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

California Golden Hills

Golden hills surrounding the California valleys look very dry during the warm months. In winter and spring the grasses are green. In summer and fall the grasses are golden as shown in my painting.
Ink and watercolor

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Saturday, February 03, 2018

Yummy Burger

At times I crave a huge hamburger with French fries and a drink. Best time seems to be summer when one can get big, juicy tomatoes, slabs of lettuce and onions, mayo and relish. What a nice filling treat.
Ink and watercolor
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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Golden Hills Of California

These golden hills are beautiful. In summer, the dry grasses surround the green oak trees providing an interesting contrast to thousands of acres of green crops growing on the valley floor. After the winter rains, the grasses then change to stunning greens until the heat of summer changes the colors back again. It's an annual cycle that never ends. Ink and watercolor.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Summer At Lake Tahoe

This large painting shows a calm shoreline somewhere at Lake Tahoe located in the north eastern part of California. The waters are still cool even during summer and visitors can enjoy the transparent waters in the shallows. At this time of the year, thousands of visitors enjoy swimming, water skiing, sightseeing and pleasant temperatures. 
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Monday, April 04, 2016

The Long Season Begins

In the United States, one of our most popular sports begins with the major league baseball season in April. Little leaguers, high schoolers and collegians are already in full swing and now the professionals begin. How long is the season—it starts now and ends in October when the World Series concludes. Spectators are exhausted when the season has ended. Ink and watercolor.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Fresh Tomatoes

I am ready for fresh tomatoes. I planted my tiny plants around May 1. I have three plants growing fast and each have green tomatoes sprouting. I hope my harvest is better than last year. My little sketch shows I am happy the growing season is here. Warmer weather is also here. Ink and watercolor.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Dog Days Of Summer

Dog days of summer in my mind are the hot summer days that take place in late August and early September when we are all just plain tired of the blasted heat. Our thoughts are tending toward cooler autumn days and nights and even the images of cold winter days. It's all a vicious cycle because during the bad winters our thoughts turn to warm spring days. This image shows the threat of thunderstorms and lower river levels and attempts to denote a hot, muggy day. Ink
 and watercolor.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

My Kind Of Dessert

The season for fresh cherries is over. But, when they are plentiful, they make a fantastic light dessert to top off any meal. While growing up, we lived near orchards where we could eat as much as we wanted. All the mothers would prepare fresh pies and turnovers. In fact, we could pick and eat any fruit that was grown so I felt I was really spoiled. This small painting reminds me of my time growing up and the fun we had when school let out in June until we started again in September. Ink and watercolor.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Hot Summer Field

After painting a large country scene on location early AM, I decided to paint a small scene of an oak tree in the middle of a dry field north of Lincoln. When I look at this scene I am reminded of how hot it was that summer day. It was about 11 AM and the temperature was already at 95. The day's high temperature was 106. But by the time it reached 106, I was home enjoying the comforts of air conditioning. Ink and watercolor.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Chili Hills Mail Boxes

This is the final painting done at a paint out in late July during the morning hours of a hot summer day. There were six of us painting--four doing oils, one watercolor and me with my ink and watercolor. I am happy with the way this turned out and will enter it in the upcoming Fine Arts Show in February. Ink and watercolor. SOLD-Christmas Gift 2010


Saturday, July 25, 2009

A Spring Oak

This huge oak tree basks in the sunlight after a late spring rain storm. The air was clear, the temperature was still cool but this oak looked like it was reborn. The suns rays made great highlights on this tree. Huge, colorful and fresh, this majestic wonder of nature is saying "bring on the summer".
I drew the basic tree after a class one Sunday during some quiet, idle time. I took some photos and used those as reference material to add more detailed leaves, bark and shadow at a later time. Ink and watercolor.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Colorful Growth

This image shows warm season flowers sprouting out of large pots or urns in a garden. I decided to post this because many of us are ready for the greening up of spring and the warmth of summer days.

The blue and white urn was painted much more brilliantly than it actually was. I do not know the type of flowers but they were pretty and healthy. This was painted on a very hot day last summer. Ink and watercolor.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Summer Beach Shadows

A simple little summer scene shows palm trees, beach, rocks and ocean somewhere in Hawaii. The tree trunks are very interesting because they all seem to sway and lean to their own liking making a nice pattern to peer through to the ocean. The palm branches also have their own wild patterns.

This art fits an 8" x 10" frame and will take up very little space in some body's home. I try to do smaller size paintings like this one because everybody does not have room for large paintings to be hung in their homes. Watercolor.

Friday, November 28, 2008

A Lone Hot Air Balloon



A hot air balloon soars quietly above the countryside above some hills in California. The sun is low in the western sky and bits of sunshine bathe the top of the hills. These balloons are very quiet except for the blasts of air that blows upward into the balloon to keep it afloat. From the ground, it is common to hear the people in the gondola talking since these balloons do not get very high off the ground. 10" x 13", ink and watercolor.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Summer Flowers


This colorful painting of pots and various types of flowers is shown on a typical hot summer day in the middle of California. In full bloom, the flowers produce their own beautiful color to go with the nice colors of the pots or urns. August temperatures have been in the 90s. The summer heat will prevail for at least another month then many of these colorful flowers will lose their luster and disappear--only to reappear next year. 11" x 14", ink and watercolor.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Yellow Sky At Day's End

This is a simple illustration using one color with black. Unfortunately, I did not do this on watercolor paper. The yellow sky has different tonal values to add interest. The trees were done in solid black with no tones. The ocean in the lower part and in the background was done with diluted black ink. The idea for the yellow sky was something I saw at a beach on a late, hot summer afternoon. Seems like there was dust in the air along with some fog coming ashore that gave this effect. The sun was only a hazy ball in the sky. While this was only an experiment, I put a mat on it, and it looks pretty good. 11" x 14" ink and watercolor.


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