Sunday, November 09, 2008

Siena Duomo

The weather got too rainy to sketch outside, so I did this one in my room from a picture I took in Siena, Italy. I brought it up on my lap top and sketched it from there. Very ornate cathedral, but I tried to keep it simple and give the impression of the scene.
5x7 water color on 140 lb. Arches paper block.

Church tower Sanspolcro, Tuscany, Italy

I sketched this church tower from across a small plaza while seated on steps in a doorway. 5x7 done with ink and water color in a sketch notebook I have.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Sansepolcro, Tuscany, Italy

I go to Sansepolcro alot and this is the 9th time or so this year. I never really get tired of the place, it is small and not many tourists, you really get a sense of the place walking around. The people are very proud of their heritage and still compete in yearly cross bow competitions and like to dress up in medieval clothes. I sat in the window sill of a bank which was closed to make this watercolor sketch on 8x10 Fabriano cold pressed block.

The rough below is about 2 inches tall and was of another street scene I didn't have time to paint. Trying to get looser and let the paper do more.

York, England

I had a chance to spend an extra day in York, a wonderful walled town in northern England. The York Minster is the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe and certainly one of the most beautiful. It was cold and windy, but still a great time sitting and sketching. Sketches in ink and water color on a small 5x7 sketchpad.

The rough of the tower was painted direct with no drawing as an experiment

Friday, August 29, 2008

Mesilla ,NM

I painted the church without doing a rough while sitting on a bench in the park. I ran out of time when Kathey, Christy and the kids came back to pick me up, so I didn't correct all the value issues. Later after studying the painting, I decided to try some alternate value schemes. These schemes are not what I actually saw, but they make a stronger picture. I guess that's the main lesson here. If I were to paint a studio version of this painting, I would follow one of the more dramatic value schemes in the thumbnails.

Slick Rock Park near Sedona, AZ

I did these thumbnails of a fruit packing barn in Slide Rock State Park near Sedona. I didn't have time to do the larger painting, but the experiments on color and value were interesting. These are really small. just a few inches square.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Sketches from most recent trip to Italy

These are three of the sketches I did on my latest trip to Tuscany. I've been inspired to try a few line sketches combined with water color. I will also try importing some of the sketches into photoshop and adding some color there. That's a medium I don't know as well, but the whole idea is to keep learning, right?

The airport sketch is in Zurich while waiting for the connecting flight to Florence.

I will travel to this area 3 more times this year on business. Tough duty, right?

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Malibu beach and pier

I spent Saturday morning with my son Craig and my brother Dean on a plein aire painting outing. We were originally going to go to Vasquez rocks to paint, but considering it was predicted to be about 110 degrees F, we opted for the beach.

It was still warm at Malibu, but MUCH cooler than inland. It was a beautiful day and the beach was full of people escaping the heat and there was a nice breeze which kept readjusting my umbrella and palette.

This water color was done on an Arches 10" x 14" 300lb block. I probably spent 2 hours painting. Because these are learning exercises for me there are parts I like and parts that I feel didn't come off so well. I decided to post it for the sake of the good parts and to keep the continuity of all the sketch paintings. If I were to do a version of this as a studio painting, I would work out a stronger value pattern and vary it a bit from what I actually observed for the sake of a stronger painting.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

The Top water color sketch was done from the terrace at Casa Buitoni and shows the view of Sansepolcro through the Italian Cypress trees. Our car came to take us to Florence before I was quite done, but I left the sketch unfinished as I sometimes overwork things anyway.

The pen sketch below was done in the city park with a statue of Peiro Della Francesca, the famous renaissance artist born in the town who was also the inventor of formal mathematical 2 point perspective.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

These are two sketches I did on my most recent business trip to Italy. The market scene was done in Florence in my sketch notebook and the pot of pansies on a water color block in Sansepolcro, Italy. I think the marketplace sketch came out pretty fresh and the experience with line and water color encourages me to try more of that style and to experiment in some new directions.

The pansies was actually the second water color I did in the garden at Casa Buitoni. My first did not turn out so well and looks overworked, so I am not posting it. Both sketches are rather smallish, around 5x7".

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Chexbres, Switzerland

These sketches were done last Sunday while I was in Chexbres, Switzerland. This is a small town on the hill above the north shore of Lake Geneva, near Vevey.

The small sketch was done out of my hotel room window as it was cold outside. It is pretty small ( actual image 5.5"x8") and took about 45 minutes counting time to let the paint dry. The larger sketch 9"X12" took around 1.5 hours. I found a great place at the end of a road in the vineyards, with a view towards the East end of the lake and the great mountains there. While I was painting, a few families were out walking and some stopped to see what I was doing. It was really a nice day and got warm in the afternoon.

I was fortunate to have been able to paint Sunday afternoon as the next day was rainy and windy all day long.

I'm going back to Switzerland and Italy next week and should be able to do a couple more water color sketches.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

More pen sketches from Italy

I also sketched these views while sitting in the gardens below Casa Buitoni in Sansepolcro. I was there for business, but it was really relaxing to be able to sit there and sketch in such a beautiful location. I have to go there several more times this year, so I will undoubtedly have more opportunity to select new subjects and do more sketching.

The one image is the backside of Casa Buitoni which faces the garden and the other is the view though the trees of the village of Sansepolcro at the foot of the hill. Casa Buitoni is a beautiful villa purchased by Nestle corporation after they bought the Buitoni group. They gutted the place and completely rebuilt it with a pilot production line and stadium kitchen in the basement. There are 9 rooms for guests, dining rooms, a living room and sitting room. It's a very comfortable place to stay and inspirational as well.

Apricot tree in bloom and Casa Buitoni Neighbors

These paintings were done in about 1.5 hour each while sitting in the garden below Casa Buitoni in Sansepolcro, Italy. It was about 65 degrees F and sunny, a nice day indeed. They had been waiting for spring weather and I think it arrived the day after we flew in from LA. Painted on 140 Arches cold pressed.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Casa Buitoni Fireplace

Sketched this using sepia water soluble pens. Used a brush and water to get the ink to flow and create the wash tone. It was cold outside and the fire in the fireplace made for a cosy place to sit. The fine pen was dried out the the thick pen was too thick, but it was still fun. The Casa Buitoni is an old villa bought by Nestle when they purchased several food brands and was once owned by the Buitoni family, who were the first to make durham semolina pasta. The Casa overlooks the medieval town of Sansepolcro, Tuscany, Italy.

St. Paulus Kirche, Munich, Germany

This watercolor was done on 9 x 12 Arches 140 lb. cold pressed block. I took my painting stuff on my latest business trip to Europe and
managed to get just one water color sketch done. I got plenty of good photos for inspiration for further painting.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

My son Craig prevailed upon me to post these. I had done them earlier in the year and had not put them up. The Hidden Valley sketch was done sitting on the side of the road with Craig sitting on the other side as I painted him in the post from last May.

The Duck Creek meadow was done on our Smith Family reunion trip this last July. I sat on the dam with the lake behind me.

Both are water colors done on 140 pound Arches cold pressed block. There are parts of the sketches I like and some I was less happy with but here they are.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Singapore Roadside

I had a few hours before I had to leave for the airport, so I walked a few blocks south of the Hilton and found these cool trees near a private school. Everything is tropical and the trees have ferns and vines growing on them.

I did this in 15 minutes with water soluble pens on a 6x9 sketchpad

Singapore construction site

I sketch-painted this construction site while I was in Singapore. There aren't many wood frame buildings there and much of the old stuff has been replaced by new high rise construction.

7x10 on 140 Arches cold pressed WC block

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Broken Wagon, Paramount Ranch

Craig qnd I went to Paramount Ranch and did sketchpainting in Gouache. I tried two, but the first wqs too ambitious in size and detail and I ran out of time and didn't want to post it as it was not really finished enough. I did a quick painting of an old broken wagon in front of a barn. It was about 30 minutes and painted pretty directly. Not too large, about 5 x 7 inches. Painted on cold press illustration board.

Great day to sit outside! Paramount Ranch was an inspiration an we plan on going back soon.