Monday, July 28, 2008

Fort Morgan, Alabama

I almost threw this picture out in the garbage. I tried to rush and the perspective lines were out of whack, the colors were too garish and the trees were too even in shape. Then I did my best to salvage it with a little pen and ink and used a sponge to tone the colors down a little.
I still don't like the trees, but I think I am gonna keep it.
When I think of tropical colors, Alabama is not the first place that comes to mind. Nevertheless, Alabama does have a small slice of the Gulf of Mexico and you will definitely find a tropical atmosphere here. I can't wait to go back. There is an old stone fort here along with a lot of beautiful homes on stilts. This is close to the Gulf Shores resort area.
Watercolor, 5x7", Fabriano paper

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Christmas in New Jersey

We visited some friends and relatives for Christmas in New Jersey a few years ago and we ran into a big snowstorm. I rummaged through some pictures over the weekend, and then completed this sketch. This house, where we stayed, overlooks a lake and the beautiful rolling hills of Northwestern New Jersey, near the Delaware River and the Delaware Water Gap.
Watercolor, 5x7" Fabriano Paper

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Elfreth's Alley

It is said that this is the oldest residential street in the United States and it is located in old -of course - Philadelphia. The black dohickeys in the windows are mirrors used by old-time residents to survey activity in the street without having to stick their heads out the window. This work is based on photos from my visit to Philadelphia last month.
Watercolor 5x7", Fabriano cold-pressed paper

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Dauphin Island, Alabama

After taking the Ferry from Fort Morgan, we landed on this relaxing small island off Mobile Bay in Alabama. I highly recommend a visit (from a family trip to Gulf Shores, 2004).

Watercolor, 9 x 12", Fabriano paper, rough.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

St. Mary's Cathedral

Memphis has many beautiful churches and this is just one example. I chose fall colors for some of the trees to try to balance the cool tones of the walls and roof. This church is located on Poplar Avenue near Downtown.

Watercolor, 12 x 16", Arches Paper

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Red Mill

I used to live not too far from the picturesque small town of Cinton, New Jersey where this well preserved mill is located.
Watercolor, 5x7", Arches Paper