Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Crystal Cathedral

Here are two sketches of the Crystal Cathedral, a beautiful church designed by Philip Johnson. Inside it is nothing less than magnificent.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Back Seat Sketching

Here are some recent sketches done from the back seat of a car as we traveled from late afternoon on into the evening.   I only had time to make a quick 10 second sketch in pen, and came back later with watercolor and pastels to finish them off. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sketches from Last Night

Here are some study sketches I did last night for two commissions I am working on. The top one is of a cottage with a waterwheel secluded in a forest of trees. The bottom one is an outdoor restaurant with seating under a giant tree.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Las Vegas

Here are two sketches of the Las Vegas Strip done from the Trump International Hotel. The top sketch was done in my Aquabee 9" x 6" sketchbook. The bottom one was done in an 11" x 14" Canson watercolor sketchbook.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Los Angeles Bridge

I originally did this view of a bridge that crosses the Los Angeles River in pen and ink. While I liked it, I wanted a bit more drama so I added a stormy sky and some bright sun light striking the bridge support.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Vista del Arroyo

Here are some quick sketches of the Vista del Arroyo and the bungalows below.

Sketching Yesterday

Monday, September 3, 2012

Backyard Sketches

Here are a couple of sketches I did yesterday afternoon while just hanging out in the backyard. You don't need an awesome subject to inspire you - anything will do, and the more you practice, the better you will get. 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Los Angeles Sketches

Here are two paintings I did a while back, but wasn't quite pleased with. As time goes by, I learn new things, and sometimes have a fresh vision for a painting that has stumped me. I added bold and bright color to the top painting. In the bottom sketch, I added pen and ink and a few more selective washes to  the sky and the darker tree areas. Coming back to an old painting is fun and quite satisfying.