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

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Edgefield Barn - watercolor

watercolor, 2016
available, 11"x15"

      Just another barn somewhere. I made up Edgefield because the barn is on the edge of the field and I couldn't think of anything else. I may continue to use Edgefield as a fictional place where all sorts of art lives.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Charleston - watercolor

watercolor, 2016
available, 11"x15"

      This is from a photo I took in Charleston SC a couple years ago. The building is a 19th-century warehouse just a short block from the riverfront. In the 1990s it was converted into offices.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Red Barn - watercolor + ink

mixed, 2016
available, 9"x12"

      A quick, little ink and wash sketch of a barn in early fall. This one is actually 5"x7" on a 9"x12" sheet to help set off the image.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Church Street Church - watercolor

watercolor, 2016
available, 11"x15"

      I called this one Church Street Church because it isn't a church anymore; it's an Italian restaurant. I couldn't find the original name of the church that occupied this building. Beyond that, I'm quite happy with this one.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Buick Super Hearse -- watercolor+ink

mixed, 2017
available, 9"x12"

      I haven't done Virtual Paintout in a couple months. This month we're in Ghana. As is evident from many paintings on this blog, I'm drawn to church buildings. So, while I wasn't looking for a church in the Ghana Street View images, I did happen across one that just happened to be having a funeral at the time the image was taken with a Buick hearse parked out front.This checked a couple things off my favorites list -- it's a car AND a hearse (to cover the horror theme). One of the few late model cars I've ever done.
      The original ink drawing is below.