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ART GALLERY – January 2018

Welcome to my Art Gallery!

In this presentation are my latest paintings and drawings.

These series contain a variety of subjects and media and technique.  I hope you enjoy them!

The first selection called Fawn is drawn first with ink and then the main subject is colored with pastel pencil.  This style seems to be very popular lately, where I believe because the main subject starkly stands out from the background.  The most important part of any animal are the eyes.  Get them wrong and the whole portrait is lacking.

I was very tempted to draw in the grass, since the color is a beautiful shade of green in early spring.

The initial size is 12 x 18 in.  Normally I like to use 10 x 14 in. since it is easier to frame.

Fawn

 

The second selection called Musick Chapel Statue (Memorial) is located on Seminole Island on Indian Lake, Ohio.  Yes, his name is Mr. Musick who had this chapel build as a memorial for his daughter.  I have never seen it used since living here at the Lake for over three years now.  This is the picture of the statue in front of the building, which is rather large and can be used as a music hall for recitals.  I am hoping to use the building myself in the future just for that purpose.

The drawing was first done in ink and then colored using watercolor.  I like watercolor for the delicate play of the shadows in the windows and the leaves of the tree in front of the statue.  The picture was drawn on 12 x 18 inch paper.

Musick Chapel Statue

 

One can take a bike ride around the lake, but most of the roads go through farm country, like this old barn that I sited driving back from the gas station.  In this third selection, called Indian Lake Barn,  I painted in watercolor on 10 x 14 in. paper, and made great use of layering or washing the painting to get a darker color.  Layering or washing a painting gives the artist greater control of the subject.  The sky with clouds is done by laying the blue sky color first and then dropping plain water in a pattern.  The blue color retreats away from where the droplets are placed leaving the white of the paper behind.

Indian Lake Barn

In the fourth selection, Green Heron, was done in watercolor on 10 x 14 in. paper.  Most of the watercolor paper that I use is “Arches Watercolor Block”, since warping or wrinkling is kept to a minimum when using a block of paper.

In painting the feathers, I waited until the blue and the brown color was dry and painted in the pattern using opaque white.

Green Heron

 

The last selection that I want to end with is painted in watercolor, The Purple Fringed White Iris.  I painted this on an Artists’ Retreat in the foothills of Zanesville, Ohio.  The purple frill around the Iris was created by wetting the individual petals of the flower first and then dropping in the color, which is called “Wet on Wet” technique.

White with Purple Trim Iris

 

Thank You for visiting my Web-Site.  Hope you enjoyed my paintings as much as I have drawing them!

 

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.

Caboos

 

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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.

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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.

Cafe
Cafe

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.

lighthouse

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!

 

ART GALLERY – June 2016

!Welcome to my Art Gallery!

Here you will find a sample of my latest paintings, some of which are entered in early 2016 showing at the Mount St. John’s Art Gallery in Dayton, Ohio, on Patterson Road.   My paintings are in oil, acrylic and watercolor.  The topics vary but mostly I love to paint and draw flowers, buildings old and new, and outdoors.  hope you will enjoy them.

The paintings were photographed with a digital SONY Cyber-Shot DSC-W800.   I am quite pleased with the results of this camera, since digital photos are much closer to the original drawing.  Feel free to write your comments, since I will be interested in knowing what is you favorite.

The first selection is called Yellow Snapdragon.  I used bright acrylic colors on a black canvas, which makes the colors more richer and deeper.  I feel more comfortable with acrylics now, which means I can make them do what I want.  This painting was finished in one sitting, drawn from a photo.  The flowers were in a flooded field or marsh land, but I am not sure if that is their natural habitat.  The flat black frame seems to enhance the picture!

Yellow Snapdragan
Yellow Snapdragon

The second selection is called Water Lily in Driftwood Frame.   Driftwood is a constant gift to our island, and once dried out they make great frames!  This particular painting was done in acrylics from a photo.  The subject is always a favorite of mine, and can’t get enough of them.  I felt the frame was best if I didn’t miter the corners but overlap the boards so that the painted overlap of the canvas, top and bottom, would show.

Water Lilies with Driftwood Frame
Water Lily in Driftwood Frame

 

My third selection is called Luna Moth.  What a beautiful subject, and so many varieties of this species!  The composition was in oil!  This us usually not my favorite medium, but other mediums I have tried just did not work as well.  Painted on a black canvas, the oils worked nicely.  The Driftwood Frame was made a little wider than the picture to that the painted overlap of the canvas would show.

Luna Moth
Luna Moth

My fourth selection is called a Yellow Butterfly in a Black Frame.  This composition was done in acrylics with a little more attention on the background.  The picture looks more striking at a distance.  The violet flowers, which were in the original photo, are a wonderful complement to the color yellow!  The stark black frame wonderfully highlights the composition.

Yellow Butterfly in Black Frame
Yellow Butterfly in Black Frame

My last selection is called A Blue Iris in a grey frame.  The painting is done in acrylics with attention to the complement of almost blue-violet color of the flower.  Yellow background was them my choice, even though the complement of blue is the color orange.  The painting was done from a photo taken at our home.  I am surprised at the compatibility of the grey frame with the colors of the subject.

Blue Iris
Blue Iris

 

Thanks You for visiting my Gallery. 

Hope you enjoyed the paintings!

ART GALLERY – April 2016

!Welcome to my Art Gallery!

Here you will find a sample of my latest paintings, some of which will be entered in early spring 2016 showing at the Mount St. John’s Art Gallery in Dayton, Ohio.   My paintings are in oil, acrylic and watercolor.  The topics vary but mostly I love to paint and draw flowers, buildings old and new, and outdoors.  hope you will enjoy them.

The paintings were photographed with a digital SONY Cyber-Shot DSC-W800.   I am quite pleased with the results of this camera, since digital photos are much closer to the original drawing.  Feel free to write your comments on the drawings, since I will be interested in knowing what is you favorite drawing.

The First Selection  is called “The House with The Red Door, drawn with ink on paper and pastel pencils.  I love drawing old houses, especially this one with character.  I guess it is the lines in the building that capture my attention and almost hypnotize me as sketch out the patterns of each unique building.  Notice that I used lines for shading in this sketch.

Building with Red Door
Building with Red Door

 

The second selection is called “Penguins on Parade“, of no return, as you can see.  What captured my attention for this picture is the open frozen wasteland and how the penguins were committed once they reached a certain point on the ice!  This picture was drawn with acrylics on canvas with a hand crafted frame painted with flat black.

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Penguins on Parade

The third selection I called “My Summer Home“.  This painting was done in oils at my class in Lakeview on Indian Lake, Ohio.  It turned out wonderful, but note the handcrafted frame using drift wood.  At least one free item that washes up on our shores are drift wood boards that I use for framing my pictures.

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Summer Dream Home

The fourth composition is called my “van Gogh Hand Pumpacrylic painting of a photo I took out in our back yard of this old pump.  I didn’t like the original painting that I did and had decided to paint over it, but at the last minute painted over it in this style.  My art teacher said it was a vast improvement.  The frame was hand crafted and painted black with gloss.

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Hand Pump

 

The last selection is called “Imaginings“.  It is my attempt at impressionistic painting.  I rather like it, but it is much better in the handcrafted driftwood frame!

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Imaginings

 

THANK YOU!

Hope you enjoyed the drawings.


ART GALLERY – March 2016

!Welcome to my Art Gallery!

Here you will find a sample of my latest paintings, some of which will be entered in early spring 2016 showing at the Mount St. John’s Art Gallery in Dayton, Ohio.   My paintings are in oil, acrylic and watercolor.  The topics vary but mostly I love to paint and draw flowers, buildings old and new, and outdoors.  hope you will enjoy them.

The paintings were photographed with a digital SONY Cyber-Shot DSC-W800.   I am quite pleased with the results of this camera, since digital photos are much closer to the original drawing.  Feel free to write your comments on the drawings, since I will be interested in knowing what is you favorite drawing.

The First Selection  is called “The Snow Bunting“.  I started out to draw this subject intending to keep a simple form using acrylics, but found myself being drawn into the action of the bird in flight.  Other than a few touch-ups, I stayed to the  simplicity of the drawing to the end.  This particular painting has the sky wrapped around the edges, and I will not frame it, but hang it as is.  Sometimes paintings can be such a delight when everything falls together as I feel this painting has!

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Snow Bunting

The second selection, called “The Purple Iris“, is done in watercolor using a technique called bleeding.  This time though, I lightly colored in the red and blue areas first and them thoroughly dry.  Then I whetted the areas, one at a time, and added the ‘Da Vinci’ violet, allowing it to bleed into the areas that were previously whetted.  The slight background blue in the left corner is from the camera.

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Purple Iris

The third painting, called “California Poppies” and were painted in watercolor using the same technique as above.  Cadmium Orange and Cadmium Yellow were the colors of my choice since they are so brilliant!  I went back and highlighted the peddles with a black highlighter, adding simple shading to some areas.  Yes, those are yellow and orange dots added for effect!

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California Poppies

The final selection, which I called “Oriental River Street”, was actually done in acrylic pencils, but was accidentally filtered by my photo program in black and white.   I actually like this present picture.  I wish I could show you the original, but that was lost when I also hit the save button.  (I will take another picture at a later date.)

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Oriental River Street

 

Thank You for visiting!  Hope you enjoyed the selections. 

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