Friday, January 28, 2011

Out of the Archives

Above are some oldies, but paintings I personally like. They were painted a couple of years ago. The Arno rover painting is painted on Yupo, a synthetic plastic paper designed for printing. Yet it does watercolor kind of cool. The painting of the park in Huntington Beach is one of many that I have done. I like the old gum trees (eucalyptus) there. They have such character and charm. And finally a small acrylic painting I did on plywood (8" x 10"). It is from the Cinque Terra region of Italy. My son (or daughter-in-law) took both of the photos in Italy which were the basis for the two paintings above. The park picture I most likely did on location. If you are interested in buying any of my paintings and they have not already been sold email me at: If you want to see a larger version of any of the paintings on this blog double click that painting.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Quick Watercolor Sketches

Above are some of my latest more abstract watercolors. Two of the paintings Crystal Cove and Cape Porpoise were painted from from photos I had taken on location. The painting of Mile Square Park At Dusk was painted on location last December. I was there with the class that I teach at Vanguard University.  It was cold and foggy. I was putting on the paint thick and it was not drying. I figured I would finish it at home later. Suddenly my easel collapsed and the water can that was attached to my easel spilled completely on the painting. It actually looked better. So I continued to work on it and did finish it at home. It was a good lesson for me to think about color and abstract patterns. I will discuss abstract patterns and what it means to a painting in a later blog. Double click on any image to see a larger version of the painting.