This is a color drawing of some prairie coneflowers (Echinacea sp.) that were blooming in our garden last summer. Colored pencil, 16″ x 12.”
Virginia has a wonderful state park system. Along the James River in Surrey County is Chippokes Plantation State Park, a plantation site from the olden days of yore. A fun thing to do here is to take the ferry across the river to colonial Jamestown and Williamsburg. Continue reading “Swamp at Chippokes”
I came across this beautiful vine growing beside the doorway of a shop in Chapala, Mexico about ten years ago. Photos were taken with the idea that I might like to paint the scene someday. Well, someday has come, so here it is in glowing pixels on your computer screen or mobile device. Continue reading “Thunbergia at the Door”
This colored pencil painting was inspired by the irises in our front yard. Our Siberian iris have been multiplying like crazy, so we moved some from the back garden to the front. Along with them, we planted a German (bearded) iris of unknown color (it was a freebie). When bloom time came in May, the German was yellow, which is a nice complement to the bluish purple Siberians. Continue reading “A German in Siberia”
By the power of the Holy Spirit, God’s people will bear good fruit. Colored pencil on cold-press watercolor paper, 12″ x 16″. Continue reading “Fruit of the Spirit”
This is a colored pencil work that I drew while visiting one of the local Roanoke City parks on my lunch break. Continue reading “Trees in the Park”
There is a pretty little hobby farm near our home. The old farmhouse has been restored, and surrounding it is a menagerie of goats, donkeys, miniature horses, and other critters. Continue reading “The Pumpkin Wagon”
Trying to fit a little art time into life can be challenging. For example, I work a full-time job, help my wife with her work, and try to take care of myself and our household. Then there are responsibilities for the community and family, and other interests to pursue. I’m sure everyone has similar challenges, so making time and space for art requires some ingenuity and discipline. Continue reading “My Portable Drawing Kit”
What could possibly be more fun than Watching Paint Dry?
These are videos of the patterns of color and light that form on the surface of a soap film. I recorded and edited the video this morning. The music, Coqui Spirits, is also on the music page of this blog.
I just finished painting this interpretation of Hokusai’s “A View of Aoigaoka Waterfall in Edo” using ink and acrylic wash on canvas. The dimensions are 36″ by 24″. There were a lot of steps involved in getting from a print in an art book to the final result, and I thought it would be fun to document some of the process.
A while back I went on a tour of Europe with family. I took lots of photos. Somewhere between northwest Italy and southern France we saw this field of sunflowers with the building, Italian pines, and Italian cypress in the background. Continue reading “Sunflower Fields and Villa”