Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cadillac #1 - watercolor

watercolor, 2017
available, 11"x15"

     I got a wild hair recently to see if I could play with the logos/badges of various auto manufacturers and their products and drop a little impressionism/expressionism on them. It might make an interesting pop art series. Since I also recently bought a Cadillac (a VERY good deal on a used SRX that I couldn't pass up), I thought their latest logo crest would be a good place to start.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Edgefield School - watercolor

watercolor, 2017
available, 11"x15"

      Just a fairly quick impressionist landscape of the old school in Edgefield, a magical place. As always, I wish the sky had scanned better; it's a moderately better one than usual.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Barry - watercolor

watercolor, 2017
nfs, 6"x9"

      This a quick portrait sketch playing with a loose wet style I've admired for a while. I've also needed to get back to monochrome for a while to keep my understanding of values strong.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

67 Camaro RS - watercolor

watercolor, 2017
nfs, 11"x15"

      This is a commission I did for a cousin of my wife. It's a gift for her husband, his first car. Fairly straightforward.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

49 Cadillac Hearse - marker

ink, 2017
available, 9"x12"

      I found some Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers on clearance locally so I thought I'd give them a try. I just bought a couple grays as I've been wanting to experiment more with grayscale and with markers. This is a first attempt. Not bad if I say so myself. The two pens I chose were a bit darker than I expected. I was looking for four levels -- two grays, black and paper white. Not really what I got. Even so, they work nicely in a horror theme, obviously. I'll be playing with these some more for both finished pieces and preliminary grayscale sketches for watercolors.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sidewalk King - watercolor

watercolor, 2017
available, 11"x15"

      Ran into this majestic creature and it's twin in front of an Asian restaurant in Salisbury the same morning I shot last week's reference photo. I thought he would work well for a loose still life.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Salisbury Morning - watercolor

watercolor, 2017
available, 11"x15"

      From a photo taken early one December morning in downtown Salisbury, NC. It was too early for pedestrians or even much traffic. The stark contrasts and long shadows caught my eye.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Take It On The Run - watercolor

watercolor, 2017
available, 11"x15"

      This is from a reference photo I've had for several years afraid to tackle the detail and the shadows. I finally decided to jump in and I'm glad I did. This worked out better than I expected and pops right off the page/screen.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Decoy #3 - watercolor

watercolor, 2016
available, 9"x12"

      Another duck decoy. Both the texture of the chipping paint and the glossy reflections work nicely here.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

47 On The Block - watercolor

watercolor, 2017
available, 11"x15"

      This is from an old photo from the late '40s or early '50s found in one of those caches of "found photos" becoming popular on the web these days. When I thought I was done I felt the buildings in the background were too dark and intense, demanding too much attention. So I used one of John Lovett's tricks and added a very thin layer of white gesso over them and the most distant car to tone them down and push them back. Worked like a charm.

Thursday, April 13, 2017