Saturday, December 29, 2007

Germantown Commissary

Where I first enjoyed Southern Barbecue many years ago... and I continue the tradition to this day.
It is a very popular spot located in the heart of Germantown, Tennessee.

Watercolor, 8 x 11", on Fabriano cold-pressed paper

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Road to Jersey II

This is another one of the tranquil farm scenes you might see when driving along Interstate 40 in Tennessee.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Princeton University

We traveled to New Jersey over Thanksgiving holiday, and were fortunate enough to visit the campus of Princeton University. I was fascinated by the history of the place and by the beautiful architecture in the campus. The fall colors added to the show.
We had lunch at Lahiere's, a great restaurant where Albert Einstein used to hang out, and we sat next to his favorite table, under his portrait. Ok, I felt about one-inch tall, but still, it was a great experience. My thanks to my brother and my sister-in-law, the hosts.
Watercolor, 8x11", on Fabriano Hot Press paper

Friday, December 14, 2007

Rum Boogie Cafe

The name says it all. This is a classic spot for great food and great music in the heart of Beale Street, Memphis. One among many.
The original ink sketch is shown, along with the final version which includes a light watercolor wash.


Ink and Watercolor Wash, 5"x5"

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Lucaya Beach, Bahamas

This unassuming bar is in the Island of Grand Bahama. Right after our beer, we had to run for it, because a tropical storm came out of nowhere and broke up the party.
Watercolor, 11x15" on Arches cold pressed paper

Friday, November 30, 2007

Sandy Hook Lighthouse, New Jersey

I lived in New Jersey for many years and I have a lot of great memories from that time and place. Many people think of New Jersey as over populated and filled with refineries. Actually, most of the state is rural. The northwestern quarter of the state is especially beautiful with its rolling hills, old barns, covered bridges and victorian architecture.
It also has lots of good beaches. Sandy Hook was the closest one to my house, so I kept showing up there...and the locals seemed to tolerate it.
The Sandy Hook Lighthouse has been there since 1764. It is one of the oldest lighthouses in the country.
Watercolor, 5 x 7", Fabriano Paper

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Old Memphis

As you descend the Mississippi River in a Paddle Boat cruise, you might see these old buildings dating from the golden age of the cotton trade.
Watercolor, 11x15", Arches cold pressed paper

Friday, November 16, 2007

Memphis Music

In my native country of Portugal, painting on ceramic tiles is a very old tradition, originating from the times of the Arab ocupation of the Iberian Peninsula in the Middle Ages. In this painting, I tried to emulate this art form on watercolor paper. Some people have said it looks like tiles...some others have said it looks like I was painting through a window. In any event, this painting shows one of the most popular spots in Memphis. Lots of live Blues Music and Barbecue!
Watercolor, 12x16", Arches paper

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Eads Pottery

I first drove by this place about twelve years ago and I thought then, the building was about five minutes away from total collapse. I am glad to report that it is still there. Hopefully it will be there for a long time (Eads, Route 205, Tennessee).

Watercolor, 9 x 12 ", Fabriano Paper, cold-pressed.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Beale Street, Memphis

Last Sunday we went downtown, enjoyed the great weather and a great blues band playing outdoors. I used one of the photos I took to remind me of the details for this painting.
Watercolor, 9x12", Fabriano paper hot pressed.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Hunt Phelan House, Memphis

This was painted yesterday after a painful visit to the dentist and after the anesthesia wore off...actually, come to think of it, I think its lingering effects may still be seen in this watercolor... it limited the amount of detail, which I think is a good thing.
The Hunt Phelan house was built in the 1820's and served as Ulysses Grant's headquarters during the Civil War. After being closed to the public for a while, it was tastefully renovated as a great Inn, and four-star restaurant. We are now fortunate to again have access to this historic place.

Watercolor, 5x7", Fabriano paper, rough texture.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007


This is a tiny sketch from a trip to the beautiful city of San Francisco. The old maximum security prison is now a museum.
Watercolor, 1.5 x 3.5 inches on a cold pressed sketchbook surface

Sunday, September 30, 2007


For three years straight, its blooms were killed by late frosts. When it does bloom, my backyard gets a facelift.
Watercolor, 5x7" Fabriano Paper, cold pressed

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Sun Studio, Memphis

Speaking of Sun Studio, here is how I saw it in 1995. A lot of Rock-and-Roll history here.
A big THANKS to the late Sam Phillips; We owe you, Mr. Phillips.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Blues City General Store

Memphis is the Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock-and-Roll. Let's see...Jerry Lee Lewis, Johny Cash, Roy Orbison, B.B. King, Carl Perkins, Rufus Thomas among others...and of course...Elvis Presley. They all recorded their work at Sun Studio (originally, Memphis Recording Service) on Union Avenue.
This watercolor shows yet another hint-to be found on Beale Street. It was painted for the WKNO Art and Antiques Auction to take place in early November.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Party's over (Beale St. Memphis)

This image is part of a mural in the lobby of Fedex Forum in Memphis. The works on this mural celebrate the long and enduring musical tradition in the city of Memphis, Tennessee.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Old Collierville Presbyterian Church

Located at Walnut and Mulberry St. since1886, the Congregation moved to a new location at Poplar and Peterson Lake Road in 1965.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

The Barber Shop

This is the Northwest corner of the Collierville Town Square as I saw it in 1994. The small white building was a barber shop at the time. The small trees are now big trees.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

McGinnis Lumber & Hardware

It's been around for a long time in the Collierville Town Square, and you can always count on finding the doohickey you need with friendly service. This watercolor is now part of the April Art Exhibit at the Burch Library; I am very grateful to the Library for giving me the opportunity to display my work.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

New Jersey or Bust!

Ocasionally we take a trip to New Jersey where we used to live. My wife is then tasked with taking pictures of the many barns and farms we pass along the road. The trees did not get in the way with this one...this sketch was done from one of those photos, a farm along Interstate I-40 in Tennessee.