My 2019 Watercolor Scripture Calendar is now available on Etsy. Hanging on the wall, the calendar measures 11" x 17 " (28 cm x 43cm). It is a thirteen month calendar with a watercolor scene and a verse from the Bible for each month. I also have a non-scripture Appointment Calendar that is available as well. Free shipping to US residents. View my Etsy site at:
I want to start off with a watercolor I recently completed. We were in Tucson, Arizona with friends celebrating Thanksgiving. It was a cold fall, desert day but the fellowship was warm. I painted this from the "deck" of the people's house we were visiting for the weekend.
I want to show this quick loose sketch which I thoroughly enjoyed painting. Click on it to see a better view.
Next is a watercolor I did of Needham Chapel on the campus of Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California. This was a painted on location with my watercolor class at VU.
Below is a quick watercolor of with a Polynesian theme. It is a composite of two photos and memories of my own habitation of the Hawaiian Islands when I was younger.
This is a Watercolor of Herods palace in Jerusalem. It was from a photo a friend sent after she had went to Israel.
Here is another I did of a kid enjoying the hot summer in a small stream in Provence.
Below is a conte pencil study of a European portrait.
Below is a sketch of redwood trees in Southern California at the Fullerton Arboretum. This was another quick sketch in my sketch book.
We made our first rip to Alaska in May of this year, 2018. I finished this watercolor of the Matanuska Valley, Alaska, at the end of August 2018. It measures 15" x 22". This painting is based on actual watercolor sketches made on location and photos I took during my sketching. Notice the trees framing the landscape from the watercolor sketch I did on locational in this posting.
Below is another watercolor I painted on my trip to Alaska. The mountain, located in the Matanuska Valley could be seen from the cottage where I was staying. I painted the watercolor while sitting on the door steps of the cottage.
This is a watercolor of an old oak tree at the Still Waters Vineyard in Paso Robles, California. I started it on location and finished at home. It was a very hot day when I was trying to paint.
The Palm Tree I started painting on location in Los Angeles County and then finished in my studio. This spot is where they filmed most of the Tarzan movies. Click to see larger image.
Summer has just started for us in the Northern Hemisphere. I have some work below that I have done this last spring. Below is a watercolor study of one of Andrew Loomis' Pencil Drawing. I am still studying the portrait which I really enjoy and find challenging.
This group of trees I did on location in Alaska this last May. It is entitled "Standing Out from the Crowd. It is relaxing to do small watercolors like this in one go.
Green Valley Lake, located 7000 feet in the San Bernardino Mountains of southern California, is the subject of this watercolor. The famed watercolorist regionalist Robert E. Wood lived and painted here. This painting started out bad because the paper was not sized properly. The colors blotted. So I decided to go with it and make the painting more abstract as well as using less water and dryer pigment.
Below is an acrylic paint study of a Rembrandt self portrait. He did many of them. You learn a lot about art, and I think the artist as well, when you copy their work.
This is a watercolor study of an oil painting originally by Fran Webb, I think.
Below is a watercolor from my sketchbook. It is from a photo a friend sent me. It is of France.
The next painting I actually did last year, But I never displayed it. It is of Fountain Valley Park. Click on any image to see a larger view.
The watercolor below I did in late 2017. I touched it up a tiny bit in August of this year. So I decided to show it on this blog. I am thinking of doing a "Half Sheet" version (15"x 22") of this painting as well. I am learning, again, that good values make a good painting.
These are pieces I have completed so far this year. Starting below is a watercolor of Bogle Vineyards, south of Sacramento, California. I started this on location on an early spring day in March. It was the redwood trees that I liked the most.
Below is a painting entitled "California Gums". We have a lot of eucalyptus growing in Southern California. Having lived in Australia I enjoy painting our local gum trees.
More Gum trees (eucalyptus), above is a watercolor I did on location 9 years ago. I used it on one of my first calendars. I found the digital file of it today.
This maple tree was painted on location on a rainy day in Anderson, California in March this year. It was a serene and enjoyable experience painting it on location on this cold rainy morning.
The following watercolor is about an old Aussie homestead on the Mornington peninsula, south of Melbourne, Australia.
Below is a quick watercolor sketch I did for my students at Vanguard University of Southern California. It is a sketch of Needham chapel.
This is a watercolor of the Calanque d'en-vau in Cassis, the South of France. It is from a photo that came my way. I have been to Cassis. It is a beautiful place. This painting measures 15" x 22".
The "value study" below is from an art class I am involved in.
This was not completed in 2018, but is my version of a Rembrandt self portrait I did in Watercolor.
We travel to the UK now to Regents Park in London. This is a quick sketch in my sketchbook of a photo I took when I was there one summer.
Finally another sketch, below, I did last year of a Paris street scene at night. This is what is called a genre painting.
Above is a watercolor I did in response to the October, 2017 Santa Rosa, California fire where 2800 homes burned to the ground. One of the casualty of the fire was the Fountain Grove Ranch barn; an old round barn almost 150 years old. This is my version of the iconic landmark that was on a hill at the north of town. If you live in the US you can buy a print of this watercolor on my Etsyshop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/556889084/santa-rosa-fountain-grove-barn-print?ref=shop_home_active_5
Below is a quick sketch about fall. It is a painting about cotton wood trees by the Rio Grande.
This I did on location in Davis, California. It was on one of that cities many bike trails.
This is a watercolor PENCIL sketch. I like the idea of drawing and then darkening the values with a wet brush. It is fun to try to strategically place the darks and mid-tones.
Another Watercolor sketch of Aix-en-Provence. This is a subject I like to paint. It is a fun city to visit. This painting represents a bright, summer morning in the south of France. Click on image to see a larger view.
This painting is based on another painting and photo I took when I was in the Santa Barbara wine growing region of California. It is of the Sunstone winery in Santa Ynez, California.
This is a painting I did from a photo and a sketch I did at the San Miguel Mission in San Miguel, California. A happy and peaceful place to go. They have the original murals there on the walls of the sanctuary as well. The area is rich in history! Click on image to see a larger view.
I started this painting on location on the rocks overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Cambria, California. I finished it when I got home to Southern California. I like working that way. You learn a lot. When you return to the studio you have freedom to "romanticize" your painting.
I also painted this watercolor sketch on location in the town of San Miguel. Notice the two paintings of the mission. They seem different in style.
Below is a watercolor pencil sketch of 17th street in Costa Mesa, California.
The following is a watercolor sketch from a photo a friend took when he was in the wilds of North western Tuscany in Italy.
Once again another watercolor sketch of Aix-en Provence. The time is mid-morning. The season is summer.
The below painting is another version of a painting I have painted before; only a different perspective. It is another painting of Paris during a hot and humid summer rain.
Spring is beautiful this year after a lot of needed rain in southern California. Below are paintings I painted this spring. In southern California the first days of spring are richly experienced sometimes at the beach. The "Ride the Wave" watercolor is a demonstration I did in one of my classes.
Below is a watercolor from a class I teach where we paint one of the local chapels in Costa Mesa, California.
This next watercolor is a compilation of three photos I took while I was up in the Napa Valley of California. I grew up in the are just right over the blue hills in the background.
This watercolor is a concept painting. It is a city scape. It was something that came from my mind.
This is a view and my watercolor interpretation of the seine at night (La Seine à la Nuit).
This watercolor is of an old redwood barn behind a winery on Price Road in San Luis Obispo.
This watercolor is of Pismo Beach, California which I painted on location from the cliff in front of the Cottage by the Sea Motel.
The boat watercolor started out as a demonstration to my class at Vanguard University, on how to paint clouds. Because it was a quick demo it didn't turn out like I thought it would. (Does it ever?) I thought about the painting and realized it needed brighter color and more contrast. I favor the primaries sometimes. Below is the result.