Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Lotus Leaves

I'm back to playing with watercolor. Out of all mediums, it is the most portable one, other than pencil/pen drawing. I have two to post today- a painting of the lotus leaves at the Chinese Garden in Portland and a quick sketch of the countryside from this past weekend. 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

A creek in the fall

On a sunny day I went for a walk in a late afternoon and noticed this scene. The sun was dropping, but the last rays created a beautiful warm glow on the grass and weeds growing on the edges of the creek. I started with a simple block in, trying to be mindful of the atmospheric  effects to keep the background recede into the distance. 


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Strawberry Island

My friend Andra took this picture on Strawbery Island, on the Columbia River. Oil, 8x8

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Japanese maple in watercolor

Today I decided to do another rendition of the Japanese maple, now in watercolor. The maple is probably one of the most fotographed trees in Portland, Oregon- it is old and beautifully trimmed. The maple grows above a pond with green water and fish. I think it is one of the most beautiful sights to see in the fall. 
9x12, watercolor