Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Church, Collierville

Churches are always favorites for me to paint, especially the white steeples that almost always stand out from their surroundings.

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

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Town Square in the Fall

The Collierville Town Square is a very well preserved space that retains the flavor of an old time small town. Every year in the Fall, I wait for the right time, then get up early one Saturday morning and spend some time taking pictures of the great Autumn foliage and the store fronts in the Square. The Burning Bushes in the foreground caught my eye and I finally painted this scene a few days ago. This painting was made from a photo I took there in 2005.
Watercolor, 12 x 9", on Fabriano Paper

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Victoria, Canada

This is the Government Palace in Victoria, a coastal city in British Columbia, Western Canada. Its scenic harbor, fantastic architecture - victorian, of course - and mild climate atract many visitors. It is also a favorite area for wealthy canadians to retire.
I painted this small sketch in my travel sketchbook.
Watercolor, 5 x 7"

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Bushkill Falls

This place is in Northeastern Pennsylvania, in the Poconos area, near the Delaware River. I must confess...this sketch is based on a print that I was ogling in the gift shop. Instead of buying is short...I decided to paint my own. Ok, it's not nearly as good, but it was a lot cheaper.
India Ink and Watercolor, 5 x 7", Arches cold pressed paper.

Friday, January 11, 2008

United Methodist Church, Washington, NJ

While visiting family in New Jersey, this Church caught my attention not just because of its beautiful towers, but also because of the unusual green stone used in its construction.
Watercolor, 4 x 5.5", Strathmore Paper

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Double Deuce

Beale Street, in the city of Memphis, Tennessee, breathes Blues and Rock. Double Deuce, on the eastern end of Beale, breathes Country and Western, which makes it sort of unique. It all adds to the diversity, and we all win.
India Ink with watercolor wash, 5 x 7"

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Yosemite National Park

It is very hard to describe the overwhelming natural beauty of the Yosemite Valley in central California. It has to be seen in person. The next best thing may be looking at the fantastic Black-and-White photographs of Ansel Adams. His superb talent and infinite care in setting up his camera, time, and place was complemented by his skills to manipulate the image in the Dark Room to increase contrasts in strategic areas. All this resulted in the arresting images we admire to this day.


Watercolor 12 x 16", Arches Paper

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

The Alamo

With all due respect to other Texas cities...San Antonio is special. Whether or not you are having a bad day, the River Walk will lift your spirits. And a visit to the Alamo will make you think...highly... of all the sacrifices people have made well before we were born.
Watercolor, 9x12", Strathmore Paper