Saturday, February 28, 2015

Two Cows

I traveled down a long Virginia rural road using Google street view, before I saw this interesting barn with an overhanging part. I changed the trees around and added some cows. ​

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Summer Privet

I usually use cold pressed watercolor paper with its rougher surface, but this time I used a piece of hot pressed. I wanted the smoother surface for the fine pen and ink work. I really enjoyed designing this and inking in the shadings and texture. Adding a bit of color was like putting icing on the cake.

A wild and wooly privet bush is a familiar sight to most southerners...maybe northerners too. One of my greatest physical accomplishments is digging out a row of privet bushes that bordered our property...stumps and all. It nearly killed me.​

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Back Road

I designed this from my memory of rural backroads. That debris in the foreground is a discarded shipping pallet.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Hackberry In The Field

This is a Hackberry tree in my neighborhood. I have painted it before in watercolor. Here I wanted to try a scratchboard treatment.

The tree is actually in a suburban setting in someone's front yard, but I used artistic license on the background.​

Monday, February 2, 2015

Under the Maple

This is a painting I did earlier last year, put it aside and forgot about it. So here it is. 

Our family van is parked at our weekend getaway in Greenfield, Tennessee. The cabin has mice and other "roughing it" aspects, but we always have a good time there.​