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ART GALLERY – December 2017

Welcome to my Art Gallery!

Presented this week are my latest paintings and drawings.

These series are mainly flowers draw on large 17×23 watercolor paper, two other selections of buildings.

The first selection is Violet Iris drawn in watercolor.  There is a light rose wash under layer to the whole flower and allowed to dry before the blue and violet was added to bring out the depth.

Violet Iris 17×23

The second selection is a Yellow and Purple Iris, colored using pastel pencils.  A light grey and blue background helps bring out the colors, especially the yellow.  The flower was outlined in places with black ink . I purposely aligned the flash of the camera on the lower tongue of the pedal.

Yellow/Purple Iris 17×23

The third choice is a Deep Pink Hibiscus in watercolor.  A grayish brick-like background blends in nicely with the colors, not interfering withe pink.

Pink Hibiscus 17×23

The fourth piece is called a Trillium, found in the wild woods of Ohio in the early spring time.  Painted in watercolor the background is a blue used in the leaves.

Trillium 17×23

The fifth selection is initially drawn with pencil, but the flowers of the purple cone and black eyed Suzanne’s are colored in watercolor.  I have been using this technique of what seems like an incomplete painting in several of my pictures with overwhelming positive responses from the general public at my last showing at Gallery St John in Dayton, Ohio.

Wild Flowers 17×23

The sixth piece is called a Yellow Columbine in watercolor.  I added the brown background which is more similar to the yellow.  A light violet would be more the complementary, a mix of blue and red.  The brown works, but doesn’t bring our the yellow as much as the violet would, and almost mutes the flower.

Yellow Columbine 17×23

The second to last selection is a Japanese Pagoda in a fall scene.  The painting was done in watercolor using blue to paint in the negative space between the red, yellow, and orange leaves of autumn causing them to almost jump our of the picture.  Contrast this to the Yellow Columbine in the previous selection!

Pagoda 10×15

And the last piece is called The O’Connor’s Cabins in black ink and pastel pencils.  As in the previous selection with the Wild Flowers, only the houses have been colored in.  (The grey shadows on the white paper is the photographic interference from the lighting and not the drawing.)

O’Connor’s Cabins 13×17

Thank You for your time in viewing my drawings.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing them as much as I have drawing them!

ART GALLERY – July 2017

Welcome to my Art Gallery!

First in this presentation I would like to show a few selected pictures that will be showed at the “Art On The Beach” first weekend in August 2017 at Old State Beach, Russell’s Point, Ohio, Indian Lake.

Second, at Mount St. John’s Gallery, I will also have a show called, not surprisingly: “Around Indian Lake” with drawings of sites from around the area, especially Governor’s Island.  Below will be a few selected pictures that will be in the show.

And Third, I would also like to present some of my drawings when I was in Manziana, Italy for a Sabbatical of the surrounding areas, and some paintings from cities in France.

1-The first selection is called “Four Cabins“, which I have presented here with the drift-wood frame made from wood that we retrieve from the lake, usually after a storm.  With this piece I have added dark brown matting.  Notice that the trees, grass, and foliage have not been colored in, but only the cabins!  Also I have added a slight hint of boxing in the picture with a line interrupted by the tops of the trees to give the picture more of a realistic touch.  The cabins are colored with pastel pencils.  The cabins are located on Indian Lake that I frequent when visiting a friend.

Four Cabins


2-The second selection is called “Four Boats“, in a regular frame with grey matting.  I have not colored in the trees and the foliage in this drawing either.  This is my favorite of the Lake pictures.  This drawing is taken from my friend’s picture in our local calendar.  The boats are colored with pastel pencils.

Four Boats


3-The third selection is called “Four Lawn Chairs“.  This picture doesn’t show it, but is framed in drift-wood.  Notice the reflection in the water of the chairs and the fire!   The picture from which I drew from shows the shadow in the house outlining objects on the wall.  The chairs were colored in using pastel pencils.

Four Lawn Chairs


4-The fourth piece is called “Governor’s Island Bell“, which we ring to call folks to meals.  This piece is unframed and is painted in acrylics and around to the sides of the canvas, the piece can be hung without framing.  Our Retreat House is located at the former Ohio Governor’s Hunting Lodge, approximately 4 acres completely surrounded by water.  This bell is located by an old mulberry tree near the entrance walkway to the “old house.”

Governor’s Island Bell


5-The fifth piece is called “Governor’s Island Chapel“, located at the beginning of the property and surrounded by about two acres of trees.  The chapel was originally the old section and was the care-taker’s home.  The sacristy and the entrance was added later.  The chapel is officially called St. George’s Chapel, but no one uses or knows that name unless they are an old-timer!  The painting shows mainly the entrance with a little of the old house showing on the right of the picture.  This painting is done in watercolor with white matting.  The frame is not showing.

Governor’s Island Chapel


6-The sixth selection is called “Magic House, Assisi” in Italy.  I find this house interesting, not expecting to find images of magic in Assisi, even though they are common in Italy, since Assisi is the home town of St. Francis.  The drawing was done in watercolor and framed with a dark brown wooden frame and white matting with a black interior lining.

Magic House, Assisi


7-The last selection is called the “Taize Village” located in France.  This drawing is done in watercolor and framed.  The famous monks of Taize are located there, not far from this street going back.  If one heads down this street and turns left at the next street up ahead, you will see the village church where Bro. Roger is buried.

Taize Village, France

This concludes my presentation of recent and not so recent drawings.  Hope you visit my show at Art on the Beach, Russell’s Point, Ohio and Mount St. John’s Gallery.

I hope you have enjoyed my pictures.

+Thank You for your time visiting my blog!


ART GALLERY – March 2017

Welcome to my Art Gallery!

In this presentation I would like to show the selected picture first and hope you could guess where the scene came from.  Of course, you would have to know Gov Island well and Indian Lake, Ohio.  But try it anyway.  Otherwise you will have to enjoy the picture first and then read presentation.

First selection:

If you have ever eaten at Indian Lake eventually you would encounter this Red Chair.  It is black ink drawing and colored with pastel pencils.  Every ones loves to eat at “Indian Head” road side cafe, and you will encounter this chair at the entrance of the establishment.  They have a great menu, but the different beers are what really attract everyone.  Rather than fill in the background, I decided to pain the shadow with purple.  After all, the emphasis is on the red chair.

Second Selection:

The Wooden Bench, is black ink and colored with watercolors.  This bench is called the Deinhoffer bench, named after the late brother who used to reside at Governor’s Island.  Usually it sits in front of the Guest House on the lawn facing the Wind Turbines.  Despite its solid structure, the wind here has been strong enough to blow it over twice!

Third Selection:

The Yellow Bench near the Kiosk, is a favorite for those who like to fish off the very front of the property.  The brothers were known to have peer on tap in the kiosk, otherwise how could they continually have their glasses refreshed without ever going inside the main house?  This bench is my early attempt at oil painting.  With the new water-soluble oils that have come out, I couldn’t resist trying them.  I like them!  The canvas is framed with driftwood that regularly washes up onto our shores.  Great wood for framing!

Fourth Selection:

The Yellow Gas Lantern, actually it is an electric lantern with gas outlets for hooking up our gas grills!  Not only to the brothers not have to go to the house for a refill, but the grill has a gas hookup that attaches to either side of this lantern!  Another black ink drawing and watercolor.  If you are very astute, you can just make out my face in the reflection off the glass picture.

Final Selection:

The areas famous Beckham Bridge looking up the hill where the road leads back to Bud’s Marine.  This piece is another black ink drawing colored with pastel pencils.  It is healthy bike ride from Gov Island, about 7 miles.  I have drawn this picture several times, and this actual drawing I found recently in my sketch book and decided to color it in.

I hope you have enjoyed my pictures.  Please come again next month.

Thank You for your time and visit!




ART GALLERY – February 2017

Welcome to my Art Gallery 2017!

In this edition I would like to present some of my most recent art since my travels in Italy and France this last October to December.

+The following drawing was first done in ink and then painted in watercolor from a photo I shot while walking through Assisi, Italy.  The final painting is originally 16×20 but matted down to a smaller size and framed in this black wood.  Many of the shops and restaurants throughout Assisi, and other small cities in Italy, are tucked into nooks and crannies like this one.


+The next drawing was from photo I took in Taize, France, place of the famous youth gathering by the Taize Monks.  You may be familiar with their music?  This very small village, that I painted above, is just outside their compound, which we walked to get to the village church where the body of Bro. Roger was buried.  (He met his end at the hands of a deranged woman who knifed him to death during a prayer service.)  We walked down this road and turned left up ahead were it lead straight to the church cemetery.  The drawing was done in ink first and colored in with watercolor.


+This third selection was drawn from a photo that I took in Lyon, France, at the main cathedral up on the hill, Our Lady of Notre Dame.  The cathedral itself is magnificent, but this simple door on the side is what caught my attention.  The drawing was done in ink first and then painted in watercolor using Indigo Blue and some grey.  The photo was enhanced around the edges.


+The fourth drawing is called “Boats in a Row”!  (Sort of a play on words!)  It is from a picture in a calendar by a friend of mine, a lake scene that would go over well here at Gov Island on Indian Lake, Ohio.  The picture was drawn first in ink and then the boats were colored with pastel pencils.

Boats in a Row


+The last picture was drawn from a photo I took while visiting in West Liberty, Ohio, at the “Depot” coffee shop, (a very nice place to visit if you are in the area).  It was drawn in ink and then colored using pastel pencils.  I have always loved trains, especially the last one, since my relatives were railroaders.



Thanks you for visiting my selection!


ART GALLERY – Anatomy of a Watercolor #1

Anatomy of a Watercolor #1: “West Liberty Depot

In the following Pictures, I would like to walk you through the steps that I take to produce a final watercolor.  One can appreciate a painting more if they know what goes into the making.

It is always best to take your own photo to work from to prevent copyright problems, and then print it onto regular paper.  That way you can mark up the paper itself with grid marks or slip the photo copy into a plastic protector that has already been lined with a grid.

In the first picture I have drawn grid lines to help guide me and reproduce as best as possible the photo onto the paper.  As you can see, make the lines as light as possible, since you will have to erase them.  (They show up very, very light in this photo!)

Grid Lines

Now you are ready to transfer the photo onto the paper, as best you can.  Again, draw as light as you can in pencil, since you will erase the pencil drawing after you have outlined it in ink later.  You can purchase different point sizes of drawing pens at any art or even stationary store.  (First reminder, the drawing does not have to be perfect.  Keep the photo if you want perfection.)

Pencil Drawing

Next, draw over the pencil drawing in ink, careful to follow the marks you have made in pencil!  Notice the picture is starting to stand out more at this stage.  Also, any mistakes you make will also show up.  Don’t start over unless it is a very big mistake!  There are ways to correct the picture for small mistakes.  I have made two minor mistakes and one major mistake.  (I’ll tell you later.)

Ink Sketch

Finish the ink drawing.  Usually during this part of the drawing, the mistakes are made, but can sometimes be corrected, fudged, or ignored.  In the picture below, I decided to draw the benches in ink without first drawing them in pencil.  They are a little out of proportion, but they can still be fudged a bit.  In this case, it is probably OK to just leave them as is.  The other minor mistake is on the left of the building with the line draw up into the overhang.  It should have stopped at the top of the roof line of the waiting area awning.  That is minor enough that it can be ignored.

Ink Drawing

At this point, you can decide to shade in the areas with marker or grey watercolor, or both.  Using a marker can help you correct some of the major mistakes, which I made after this picture was taken.  I had added trees to enhance the picture, but the trees on the left were placed out of dimension with the rest of the picture.  They should have been drawn in the background, but the drawing has them in the foreground.

Marker Highlight

The picture looks pretty good at this point, and I have decided to add the grey watercolor and fill in the parking area.  Notice the line on the left of the building has been covered with the marker shading.  The trees have also been corrected by moving them into the background.  Now add the watercolor and the picture is complete.

Final Watercolor Drawing

For the brick work, I used Indian Red, and for the lower part of the building I tried Yellow Ocher.  The trees and green areas were painted with a mixture of Sap Green and a touch of Yellow Ocher.  For the roof I used Indigo Blue.  It is good to leave some unpainted areas for sun bright spots, as on the roof.

Thank you for your visit.

Hope you enjoyed this article.  Please comment!


ART GALLERY – January 2017


One suggestion from my viewers was to present themes offered by you.  One such theme that I would like to use is to present a selection of paintings that were drawn using black canvas.  I find this use of black canvas helpful in bringing out the lighter colors and make them even more brilliant!  The main reason for this is that the bright colors are not competing with the white canvas.  The old masters used a technique of painting where most of their composition was in very dark colors in contrast to the central focus of the picture  that was painted in very light or bright colors.  This came close to using a black canvas but not quite the same.

The first selection is called “Butterfly On Black Paper”.  Using pastel pencils the subject was colored on black construction paper.  The only draw back using black paper is that the black paper will fade over time if exposed to bright light.  Future pieces were done on black canvas.  The butterfly is called a “Stained Glass Window” because of the unique clear panels in its wings.

Butterfly on Black Paper


The second selection is called “Luna Moth” or “Moon Moth“.  This popular type of moth was painted on black canvas using acrylics.  Immediately the colors shown out brighter than white canvas, almost as if they were florescent!  The canvas was purchased already finished in a flat black.

Luna Moth


The third piece is called “Yellow Snapdragon In Water”.  Notice the glare coming off the canvas.  The canvas was originally prepared painted in black to cover up another unwanted painting, thus the slight glare.  Usually prepared black canvases are in a flat black.  Notice how the yellow blossoms almost jump off the canvas (…despite the glare).

Yellow Snapdragon


The last selection is called “The Red Rose“.  This piece was painted using acrylics.  The lighter colors on the black canvas make the overall piece seem almost three dimensional!  The canvas was also purchased prepared in flat black.

Red Rose


Thank you for visiting my Art Gallery.  I hope the above pieces inspire you to try black canvas for that brilliant effect on the bright colors in you compositions.


ART GALLERY – October 2016

Bed and Breakfast
Bed and Breakfast

If you missed my show at Mount St. John’s Gallery, here are some selections from that showing.  The closing day is 9th October, and the Gallery is located off Indian Ripple Road at the Bergamo Center, Research Blvd., Dayton, Ohio.

The above piece is an oil painting of a famous “Bed and Breakfast” in Modesto, California, which my art instructor provided.  I love this piece because it pretty well represents the original picture.  The pink roses were possible only if one paints them directly on the white canvas first, and then paints in the rest of the picture from there.  These pictures were taken at the Gallery.


The next piece is called the “Cafe”, again, another picture provided by my instructor of a cafe in California.  This piece was done in watercolor.  Notice the negative space in the table cloth, which was mention in one of my previous postings.  This is a favorite of mine because of the color and composition.

Red Rose
Red Rose

The “Red Rose” is a favorite of several people and has not been posted before.  This painting was done in acrylics, paying careful attention to shading.  The black canvas makes the colors in the rose stand out.  This is another favorite of mine.

Yellow Rose
Yellow Rose

The next piece above is called, naturally, “The Yellow Rose”.  This piece was painted in oil.  It is a favorite of mine because the compliment of yellow is purple which makes this painting stand out.  When I hung this picture in the Gallery, it was by itself on the orange background.  My sister brought in a light gold frame which I put around the picture, but is out of sight in this photo, and magically frames the picture.  Look for it at the Gallery.  The painting is about 8.5 x 11 in. and the frame is about 14 x 16 in.

The piece below is called the “Lighthouse” from another picture that my instructor took in Michigan.  This painting is done in oil.


Orange Water Lily
Orange Water Lily

The above painting is done in acrylics with a black, but colored canvas, called “Orange Water Lily”.  I decided not to keep the original painting and painted over it in black, but added color.  Water lilies are one of my many favorite flowers.

Beach House
Beach House

“Beach House” is located in California, a favorite area for my instructor to paint plein air, or outside.  This painting has appeared before in another posting.  The painting was done in oil.  In the original picture, I thought I saw two women looking our from the second floor windows, second or third from the left.  It seemed a little eerie to me!  I didn’t paint them in.

Green Painted Lady
Green Painted Lady

The final selection is called the “Green” Painted Lady, a house from the famous San Francisco neighborhoods.  This piece was done in watercolor after a quick ink drawing first.

I hoped you enjoyed the selection.  Thank you!