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.



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 CĂ©ezanne 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:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/KenHarrisWatercolors?ref=seller-platform-mcnav


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: 





Thursday, October 25, 2018

Fall 2018

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.



Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Summer 2018

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.


Fountain Valley park, below. is a mile square and is filled with trees and too many geese. This was painting was executed as a demo for a class I was teaching on painting trees. I added the fisherman later as it was needed. You can see more of my work on ETSY: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KenHarrisWatercolors or follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kenharriswatercolor


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.