Saturday, August 23, 2014

Tellico River View - step by step

First, I found this sketch that I had forgotten about. I drew it while sitting on a boulder in the Tellico River in east Tennessee.

So then I prepared a piece of watercolor paper and sketched my design out in pencil.

I also found some photos from the same trip and printed one out so I could look at the colors and rock shapes etc...

Then, referring to the drawing and the photo, I began to add color in sections.

On this last step, I decided to add definition to everything by using my Ahab fountain pen filled with Noodler's waterproof ink.

And…here is the final painting. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Farm Pond

Summertime fishing on the farm pond. If you look closely you can see the fisherman in the distance. My son and I caught 11 nice bass that day. He filleted them and we had a nice fish fry that night.​

Monday, August 18, 2014

Super Quality

An old pipe wrench from my Father-in-law's shed. It is all about texture and contrast….and memories and some nostalgia.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Spring Barn

I found another good reference photo from my "Good Barns" folder and gave this one a bright spring treatment. I like the contrast with the rustic decay and the new spring greens.​

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Umbrella Girl

Daily Paintworks has a weekly painting challenge. This week was a photo of this girl, "Heather". I tried a loose watercolor technique.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sweet 100s

These are the aptly named "Sweet 100" variety of cherry tomatoes. I love to pop them into my mouth or strategically plant them in a mound of cottage cheese as a summer lunch treat. I love the contrast of the green and red whiny they are ripening on the vine.​

Monday, August 4, 2014


I painted this one for my wife's birthday. She has a section of wall devoted to bird paintings and this one joins the collection. With a quick brushstroke painting like this, you have to loosen up with some practice paintings… so this is actually the third cardinal I painted.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Fancy Cut

I was searching through my father-in-law's shed and came across this can. It is a collection of unrelated tools. Sometimes you just run out of places to put know how it is.​