Tuesday, April 22, 2014

FISHING TUG REBUILD, PORT DOVER

Fishing Tug Rebuild, Port Dover
This is a Lake Erie fishing tug in the process of being rebuilt in 1984 on the north shore of Lake Erie.  It's already had a rough life, and is being prepared for more of the same.  To see sketches and source material used in painting, go to StagesWatercolor, half sheet.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SKETCH: BARN IN DUSK

SKETCH: BARN IN DUSK
This is one of a series of quick barn sketches, roughly finished.  It evokes that moment of twilight when the darkness starts to gather and the shadows fill in. As a boy, the barns on our farm started to become places of vague and looming menace after the sun set, even though we knew every inch of them from playing and working in them all the long summer days.  Watercolor, 9.5 x 11.5 in. approx.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SKETCH: PEDESTRIANS IN PARIS

SKETCH: PEDESTRIANS IN PARIS
It's always exciting to get a new brush!  A week ago I got this medium size grey squirrel mop, and just started throwing some water at the paper to try it out. It's like painting with a fire hose. This is one result, based on some street sketches I did in Paris last year...it only took a couple of seconds, really, but it makes me laugh because something about it captures a certain insouciance that I love. Watercolor, 8.5x11.5 in. approx.

DRAWING: TERN DEAD ON A BEACH

DRAWING: TERN DEAD ON A BEACH
Another loose line and wash drawing, done from a photograph taken on a beach near Big Sur in 1984 during my first visit to California.  What struck me was how the body felt totally abandoned, completely forgotten and dropped by the tern, like a discarded glove. Watercolor and ink, 8.5 x 11.5.

Monday, April 14, 2014

DRAWING: ORCHID IN POT

DRAWING: ORCHID IN POT
Recently I decided to do some line drawings in ink on a wash background, and then filling in the drawing with color. This Christmas orchid was sitting on my studio table, gathering its strength for next year. Watercolor and ink, 8.5 x 11.5 in.