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.
 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Minnow - watercolor

watercolor, 2016
available, 9"x12"

      I might have rushed the details on this one a bit. My father was an avid bass fisherman, so I've seen lures and all other manner of fishing equipment my whole life. But it wasn't until I started painting them that I realized just how much detail is put into making these things look as realistic as possible. I guess fish are smarter than we think. And, maybe the chrome hooks are actually invisible underwater.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Food Truck - watercolor

watercolor, 2016
available, 11"x15"

      This is another piece from the same day as last week's painting. I'm still on the fence with this one. It's loose, but not loose enough. Where it's tight, it isn't tight enough. I liked the composition and idea as soon as I saw it. I'm just not sure about the execution.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Sunday In The Park - watercolor

watercolor, 2016
available, 11"x15"

      This is from a photo I took during a Sunday afternoon food truck rodeo in the area. Not exactly my normal scene, I thought I might see a thing or two worth painting. I was right. I'm pretty happy with the looseness of this portrait. I'd like to go a bit looser with the color, but the drawing itself works well and retains a strong naturalism/realism.
      Below is an ink drawing I did as a preliminary.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Gulf Presbyterian - watercolor

watercolor, 2016
available, 9"x12"

      This is a little sketch of a church not too far from my home, but done from a Google Maps Street View image. My biggest issues with this one is, of course, the trees, with which I'm never happy, and the small suggestion of a graveyard. I should have made that a bit more prominent. The shadows on the building could have gone a bit more cool or warm; it doesn't matter which. They just need to have some color. The red door color was a change from the original to add pop and an obvious focal point.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Decoy #2 - watercolor

watercolor, 2016
available, 9"x12"

      Here's another duck decoy. I'm very happy with the texture on this little fellow -- and the form shadows on the head. They worked out nicely.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

55 Desoto - ink + watercolor

mixed, 2016
available, 9"x12"

      A quick, little ink and wash classic car. This one works out pretty nicely in spite of a general loosening of the details in the chrome grill.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Camper - charcoal

charcoal, 2016
available, 8"x11"

      The most famous attendee of everyone's favorite summer camp. Something special but off-beat for St. Valentine's Day. Remember what happens to lovers in horror movies.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

53 Skylark - watercolor + ink

mixed, 2016
available, 9"x12"

      Not much to say about this one. Just another ink and wash classic car. I really like the graphic nature of Buick's old vertical grill. The ink on this one has a unique look because I used Arches cold-pressed watercolor paper instead of the smoother paper I normally use for inks. The paper texture made for a lot of skipping -- or micro-skipping -- in the ink line. I like the look a lot, but I'll probably stick to the smoother papers most of the time.