Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Summer in Alaska 2020

This watercolor is of Iris setosa. It is a rhizomatous perennial from a wide range across the Arctic sea, including Alaska, Maine, Canada, Russia, northeastern Asia, China, Korea and southwards to Japan. My watercolor painting, shown here, is part of an eight card note set of Alaskan Wildflowers available at my ETSY shop, Ken Harris watercolors.
The watercolor below is the first watercolor I did of the summer. I went out at 8:00pm at night to paint it. In Alaska during the summer I can paint till probably 11:00pm. I stopped working on it at 9:30pm and finished it a few weeks later in my studio. The lighting in Alaska even at 11:00pm is amazing.

The flowers below, are of Wild Roses that grow all over the Matanuska Valley in the spring. I have never seen so many roses, just growing wild. Alaska has a large variety of unique wild flowers that grow in the fields in the summer. They are growing all around our house.

Two renditions of the same subject, the Palmer, Alaska water tower. These were studies in different color and value treatment based on the "California Style".

This watercolor I started on location is of a water tower in the town of Palmer, Alaska. It maybe the tallest structure in the town, so it is the local landmark that the residents are proud of in this eclectic town. I like the lighting.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Spring 2020

Welcome to Spring. This season is much anticipated for us living in a much colder climate than we did before. Below are quick watercolors that I have done. Hope you enjoy.

I changed my painting up a bit by doing a Paris Painting. This watercolor and a Sharpie fine tip permanent marker. It was done loose on purpose.

Below is watercolor of California P{poppies fro a photo I took at A winery In central California Last spring 2019.

Another painting (below) of the Lazy Mountain a center piece of the Matanuska Valley. This painting was completed in Mid spring of 2020. The snow has melted for the year. Summer is on its way.

The is water tower is in the town of Palmer, AK. I plan to do another version of the water tower which is iconic to the town.

This painting called Moose Lake was actually a small pond left by the melting snow in the front of our house. The pond and the trees are actually part of our yard, The rocks and foreground grass I added for interest.

The view outside my studio window. The time is early spring. the snow has not quite melted yet.

The view is a hiking trail in early spring. The snow has retreated from the trees, but still occupies the trail. It is a great place to walk.

A month ago these "Alaskan" trees were surrounded and at times covered with snow. The two white shapes at the bottom of the painting are supposed to be snow. Another clue to spring is that I actually started this painting, ABOVE, on location in 36F degree weather. My water didn't have a chance to melt.

This is a watercolor of sunrise in the Matanuska Valley of Alaska. The sun is starting to come up over the Lazy Mountain and brighten the valley of an early spring.

Spring is coming. The earth (rocks and dirt) is starting to reveal itself.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Winter 2020

Spending the winter in Alaska this year has provided new fascinating subjects to paint. Below is a watercolor entitled Old Trunk Road. This painting was inspired by a winter walk I took a few weeks ago in my new neighborhood. I hope you enjoy it.

Another winter snow scene here in the Matanuska Valley. This one with a small stream. We seem to have a lot of snow. it is even piling up, like we are collecting it. I hope you enjoy this quite winter scene. The art featured in this posting is available for purchase on my Etsy shop.

This painting is the view I see outside my studio window here in Alaska. It is more of a study of the local nature.  Paul Cézanne was right when he said that nature was the greatest teacher.

Below is another version of the view outside my window.

Below is a quick sketch of a coastal lagoon north of Carlsbad, California.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Fall 2019

2019 has come to an end, but we now have 2020 to look forward to. I hope it will be an adventurous year for all. My first fall painting is of an area of Sonoma county, California that has good memories for me. It is of the road that skirts the north end of San Francisco bay from Petaluma, California to the Napa valley.

Below is a small watercolor of the Lazy mountain in the Matanuska Valley of Alaska. This depicts an early sunset at 3:00 pm (1500hr) in the Fall.

This is a painting of Birch trees that I can see out my window. The sunset glow was beautiful shining through the trees.

Another view of the Lazy mountain. it is from a photo I took on Christmas Eve 2019. I feel like Céezanne who painted Sainte-Victroire at least 40 times. But the mountains in the  Matanuska valley always have something new to offer.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Summer 2019

This is one of my first paintings for summer of 2019. It is of a quiet lake in southern California with surrounded by palms. It is near the house of Lucky Baldwin located at the Los Angeles Arboretum.

The old truck is sitting in a field outside Templeton, California. I added the California golden poppies to give the painting some interest. This painting is SOLD.

Below is a quick sketch I did from an old photo I took of Aix-en-Provence. Watercolor and permanent marker.

This barn is in Paso Robles, California. It is on the property of Rangelands Wines.

The painting below is of a row of boats and a barge in Newport Harbor in Orange County California.

This watercolor  I painted on location in the Matanuska Valley in Alaska. I love painting in this location because it is peaceful.

BELOW is a portrait of a fishing boat in Chignik, Alaska. It is at sunset. 

Another version of the Rangeland Wines barn in Paso Robles, California. This version I started on location, on a hot day sitting next to there lake.

Another fishing boat painted from a photo I took around 1979 or 1980 of Newport Harbor, California close to the Cannery Restaurant.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Spring 2019

Well I have some new art for the new year. Below are a few of my pieces. First is an Old Gum tree. I really like the texture and color of eucalyptus trees.

Next is a French Canal near Paris that I quickly did in my sketchbook from a friend who sent a photo from his recent trip.

This is a quick sketch I did from a photo I took in Oxford, UK, a while back. I was focusing on designing with light and shadow and how it becomes the structure of the painting.

The Marine Store in Newport harbor sets conveniently next to the Balboa Island ferry. I painted this one morning during an art show.

This is also a watercolor I did from a friend who visited Israel last year. It is from a photo they took of Herod's Palace in Jerusalem.

This watercolor below is of a beautiful spring day at Huntington Harbor in southern California. I did it on location one Saturday afternoon in 2010. Painting on location is an education. You observe nature and atmosphere and you paint and learn your medium.

Below is a watercolor I did for another friend based on a photo of them sitting on the tree in Tahiti. I just painted the tree and improvised the rest.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

2019 Watercolor Scripture Calendar on Etsy

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:

Below is the gallery of watercolor scenes I painted that appear on my 2019 calendar. Click image to see a larger view.

My 2019 Appointment Calendar available at: