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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Darkening Hues

This is another 4 x 6 painted for the WetCanvas postcard exchange. It was painted from a photo I had taken at sunset here on Long Island looking across Shinnecock Bay.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Acadia Tranquility

Here is another 4 x 6 done for the postcard exchange. This was done from a reference photo taken at the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park in Maine. I was attracted by the silhouette of that lone tree.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Laguna Illuminated

This postcard (4 x 6) was also done for the WetCanvas exchange. I used a reference photo taken in Laguna Beach, California.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Golden Touches

This was done for the WetCanvas postcard exchange. It is 4 x 6 and was done from a photo I had taken in California. When I posted it on the WetCanvas site, several people commented on the fact that the cloud looked like an angel or cherub. If you look carefully it does!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sunrise Beyond the Dunes

I did this for the postcard exchange on WetCanvas. It is 4 x 6 and I think it is my favorite card I did for the series. I'm working on a similar larger version of this. It was painted from a reference photo I had taken out at Montauk Point on the end of Long Island. We get some super sunrises here on the east coast.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Evening Dance

This is another 4 x 6 painting I did for the postcard exchange. I used a photo I had taken in Hawaii many years ago.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Barn View & Animals

I don't normally post more than one painting at a time, but these go together. I did the barn on location on Wednesday here on Long Island at the Suffolk County Farm. It is a 7 x 10 watercolor that I did from the front seat of my car while sitting on the service road of a major highway. I went back to the farm on Thursday to sketch. Instead of doing a building or landscape the animals caught my attention. The last two sketches are in my watercolor moleskin notebook and are each about the size of a postcard. This was a stretch for me since I rarely do animals.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Symphony of Color

This was done for the WetCanvas postcard exchange. It is 4 x 6. I used a photo I had taken in Laguna Beach, California as the reference. These flowers were very unusual and were red. I like their silhouettes against the sky.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Harbor Glow

This is part of a series of postcards I did for the WetCanvas postcard exchange. I did 23 watercolor postcards for my theme which was "Sunrises, Sunsets, and Beautiful Skys." This was done from my own photo taken in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Venetian Bridge View

This is the last of my 2.5 x 3.5 pen & washes that I did for the WetCanvas ATC exchange. It was done from one of my own photos taken in Venice. The windows are so often adorned with flower boxes, and laundry hanging is a very common sight there.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Worldwide Sketchcrawl - March 2008

My sister, Mickey and I participated in the Worldwide Sketchcrawl this weekend. I arrived early at her house, so I sketched a house in her neighborhood in ink & watercolors. Then we headed off to the Ft. Lee Historic Park which overlooks the George Washington Bridge. Sketching the bridge was a nightmare but I gave it a shot. I also sketched one of those viewers you can use if you have a quarter, but since the bridge was nearly in our faces, I just sketched the viewer. The park has some replicas of Revolutionary War buildings used by the soldiers. One "soldier" was sitting outside sewing a new pair of britches. He graciously agreed to pose for us. While we were sketching we also got a bit of a history lesson life for a soldier at that time. On the nearby tables there were artifacts from that time, so I sketched a pair of old shoes and a thick rope. We had a little more time left so we stopped at a marsh area near my sister's house. Most people were birdwatching, but we sat on one of the observation platforms and painted the marsh. I even found a bird hidden in the tall grass.
If you are interested in seeing some of the sketches done in other parts of the world you can check out this link: www.sketchcrawl.com and click on "forums." Some of the work is really amazing.