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Showing posts with label watercolor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label watercolor. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Window Rock Arizona

This Arizona landmark means “the rock-with-hole-through-it”  according to Navajo translation. We know it today as “Window Rock”. Window rock is a small city located in eastern Arizona near the New Mexico border about 30 miles from Gallup, NM. It serves as the seat of government and capital of the Navajo Nation. Located on the high desert this landmark and city receive many tourists yearly. Ink and watercolor.
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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Sacramento Water Tower

This water tower is located on the southern rim of the city of Sacramento next to Interstate 5. I decided to paint this tower one day so here it is. Currently, the slogan reads “America’s Farm-To-Fork Capital”. For many years the slogan said “City Of Trees”. Many citizens are not happy with the change. Major discussions are taking place. Will they change it back? Who knows. Ink and watercolor.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Lilac Breasted Roller

 A member of the roller family of birds found in Africa. Prefers open woodland and savanna. It is largely absent from treeless places. It perches conspicuously at the tops of trees, poles or other high vantage points from where it can spot insects, lizards, scorpions, snails, small birds and rodents moving about at ground level. Cute but dangerous. Ink and watercolor.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Barns And Trees 2

Simple farm yard scene #2. These old wooden structures have lasted through all kinds of weather and still store farm equipment, feed and miscellaneous items for the owners. This is a flip-flop version from my last post titled Barnes And Trees 1. Ink and watercolor.

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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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Saturday, May 06, 2017

Morning Trees


The sun's rays creep through the huge trees in this early morning forest scene. All is quiet except for the birds beginning to chirp and critters scurrying through the dense underbrush. Ink and watercolor
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Friday, April 28, 2017

Angels Landing-Zion

Angels Landing is a 1,488 ft tall rock formation in Zion National Park in southern Utah. The Angels Landing Trail is one of the most famous hikes in the national park system. Zion's pride and joy runs along a narrow rock fin with steep drop-offs on both sides. The  trail culminates at a lofty perch, with great views in every direction. Climbers scale its walls; hikers pull themselves up by chains and sightseers stand in awe. The towering monolith is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the Southwest. Ink and watercolor.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Gated Residence

This is a residence you may find in an upscale Los Angeles area in California. Bold gated metal barrier keeps out passers-by, palm trees give shade and greenery to the front yard and the multi-story home looks solid with building blocks on the front fa├žade. Don’t look for lots of details or straight lines in this painting because you won’t find any. Colors on home added wet on wet for blending effect. Ink and watercolor.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Old Arizona Bridge

This old bridge is located north of Snowflake, Arizona. It’s way out in the country and farmers may still haul over it and herds of cows might meander over it still. The Little Colorado River flows beneath the bridge. My illustration was inspired from an illustration done by the late Earl Thollander whose art I totally admire. Ink and watercolor.

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Saturday, April 01, 2017

Mission Santa Barbara

This old mission is located in southern California near the city of Santa Barbara. Many of the California missions were destroyed by fire or earthquakes since originally being built. This one was damaged by earthquakes and rebuilt and fortified. It still serves the community as a parish church and remains a major attraction for the city of Santa Barbara. Ink and watercolor.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sketchy Victorian


My sketchy Victorian painting was done this past January 2017. I needed an additional painting for a formal art show and this was it. This original was the first to sell. It’s very sketchy!  Everything is done loosely--no straight lines, lines don’t connect and broad strokes of color give this painting a happy look. Ink and watercolor.
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Abstract Containers


This still life painting was done last year when I was “into” still life paintings. This art is semi-abstract, no lines are super straight and background containers appear thru foreground containers. The use of a variety of colors also help give bottles their shapes. Ink and watercolor.

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Saturday, March 04, 2017

New York Central Park


Colorful trees and skyscrapers make up this birds eye view painting above New York city. 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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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Creek Bed And Bridge


Imagine a summer day, mid-afternoon, very hot, no breeze, high creek waters are gone and only a trickle of water remains. This is what it is like where I live. It was actually comfortable where I was sitting when I painted this. Since we have had a very welcomed, rainy winter, I look forward to warmer weather ahead. Ink and watercolor.

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Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Southwestern Architecture

This simple painting displays the upper half of a large structure that you may find in the southwest part of the United States. This could be an office building, hotel, someone’s mansion or part of a shopping mall. These buildings are designed for the elements like rain and wind in this part of the country. Most corners are rounded and rain spouts stick out from the building to eliminate water from rooftops. Colors match the territory and trees add a pop of green. Ink and watercolor
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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Mt. Rushmore USA

This National Park is located in the state of South Dakota. It was a 14 year project completed in 1941 and it features former Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln. The sculpture on the side of a huge cliff was a major task. Each face is about 60 ft tall and mouths about 18 ft wide and the replication of the faces are very exact and real. When you see this monument in person it is fantastic. Ink and watercolor

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Monday, January 23, 2017

A Nice Tiger

My painting of this tiger turned out to have the look of a nice, friendly wild animal. Of course it is not chummy and nice but I decided that it looks nice—the reason for the title. Tigers are an endangered species. They are indigenous to some of the more populated places on the planet which cause conflicts with humans. BEWARE. Safer to see them in zoos. They are beautiful.                  Ink and watercolor.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

San Francisco Side Street

The city of San Francisco has so many unique locations to draw. This painting shows a simple, hilly side street, multi-story buildings with afternoon shadows and an interesting view looking upward. I added more color to everything including the sky for more interest. I did most of my ink work first then added color since the overall image needed more punch. Ink and watercolor.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Cornucopia

The cornucopia or horn of plenty is a symbol of abundance and nourishment, shown as a horn-shaped container overflowing with produce, flowers or nuts. This symbol is normally seen around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays in North America. It remains a symbol of prosperity and good living to all. May your Cornucopia be full with all good things in 2017.


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