Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Landscape pastels and watercolorThese are mostly from a short period of my life when I was taking a lot of art classes and had the opportunity to take a two week plein air art workshop (about 13 years ago). Not done much landscaping since.. but hope to, if I ever get more time in my life.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005This is one of my only attempts at a watercolor landscape. For some reason at the time it didn't seem that good to me, but now I love it. Miss New Mexico I guess. That's the Rio Grande down there, and we are on top of some mesas on one side of the canyon. These areas have a lot of childhood memories for me as I explored many hundreds of miles on foot looking for indian arrowheads, snakes etc... That area across the river was one of the best areas we looked about, in terms of finding snakes and artifacts.... now you can't go there anymore.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005This is another watercolor painting, of Eaton canyon, near where I work now (though this was done many years ago when I just got out of vet school- wow! that was a LONG time ago).
Wednesday, June 15, 2005this is another attempt at watercolor landscaping.. this is of a Maui sunrise from the top of mount Haleakula... it was freezing cold up there (never thought I would wish I brought a down coat to Hawaii)
Wednesday, June 15, 2005OK, here's a made up landscape of some planet we haven't visited yet. Just watercolor fun
Friday, April 15, 2005This is my only acrylic landscape (so far)... of a giant flea in a bamboo forest.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005This was one of my labors of love, which, again, somehow ended up with the exwife. It's a tryptic 360 view over the rio grande from nearby where I used to live in New Mexico. It's meant to hang on a wall all in a row, but since we had no wall space in our house, we 'lent' it to the neighbors (exwife's friends)... and that was the last I saw of it.
Saturday, February 12, 2005Finally, did another landscape in pastel... been almost afraid to do it, since it had been so long. Unfortunately I picked an old painting my mother did on watercolor (reverse side), and discovered the hard way that watercolor paper is not the best surface for pastel... yes, it has a rough surface, but doesn't accept a lot of new layers... had to use a lot of workable fixative to get the subsequent layers down, and even then, I left a lot of 'holes'.
Thursday, January 20, 2005These pastels are all from around my home town in New Mexico
This is a sky, with a power line in it for some reason
Thursday, January 20, 2005here's some cliffs near the mesa I lived on... down in that canyon is a place I commonly looked for snakes and arrowheads.
Thursday, January 20, 2005This was an area right across from where I worked as a vet in New Mexico... got up early to draw the sunrise on the rocks
Thursday, January 20, 2005This is the Valle Grande, just near where I grew up.. those are aspen in fall on that mountain. The valle is part of one of the largest ancient calderas in the US...I grew up on the side of a massive extinct volcano
Thursday, January 20, 2005Some cliffs down in elevation a bit from where I lived... this is a great arrowhead area
Thursday, January 20, 2005This is a common sunset sight in New Mexico... folks think I made up the colors, but not one bit.
Thursday, January 20, 2005These are curious pilars of rocks in the canyons near where I grew up. Rocks just weathered away in these teepee shaped monuments. Really bizzare looking formations.
Thursday, January 20, 2005Heres more cliffs of the surrounding mesas around my home town. The mountains in the background are where the Taos mountains join the Sangre de Cristos... the mountains where Santa Fe is located (to the right of the drawing about 20 miles). Toas is to the left about 30 miles.
Wednesday, January 19, 2005This is Phoenix over the Superstitions. THe Superstition mountains are craggy, jagged outcroppings outside the city of Phoenix ARizona, near where some friends of mine live. So I drew a 'Phoenix' over them. Great mountains to climb about, but I have heard there are a lot of rattlesnakes there (never saw any myself). This is a large pastel (about 3'x4')
Wednesday, January 19, 2005This is another larger pastel, done around the same time period... saw this blow hole in Maui, and had to draw it... the dragon was an afterthought.
Monday, January 17, 2005this is one of my more recent drawings- of a place we visited in Florida called Crystal river... near where we played with manatees. This was a quickie drawing (20-30 minutes) but it still turned out OK.. now one of my favorite landscapes.
Monday, January 17, 2005Here's another more recent pastel, of Maui volcano in the day time
Sunday, January 16, 2005I really like drawing on thin strips of paper... that's what landscapes tend to look like to me anyway, so why not use a paper that shape. These cattle were standing about very picturesquely... until I got out of the car to draw them.. then they got nervous and ran around a bit... so I had to do this drawing as a quick as possible, and getting any real detail was impossible. Cows don't like to be drawn. I guess they figure that's a prelude to being eaten.
Sunday, January 16, 2005This is one of my most recent pastel landscapes (still at least 7 years old). This one is from a California place where the rocks are sticking out of the landscape at all these weird angles. I can't recall the name of the place now, but it's on the way to Palmdale from Los Angeles.
Saturday, January 15, 2005This is a black mesa pastel scene I did one day on the way to my home... just jumped out of the car, since the lighting was right and whipped a drawing out in just 20 or so minutes.. have to work fast if you want the same light all through your drawing. My old home in New Mexico was just off to the left in this drawing and way up in those mountains.
Saturday, January 15, 2005this is another 'speed' pastel... this one out in eastern New Mexico.. we had just over 5 minutes to draw this one... not a lot of details, but still turned out OK...
Saturday, January 15, 2005Here's another one of those pasterl 'strip' scapes from Eastern New Mexico... this one took a bit longer... was from the same spot as the quickie one, though.
Friday, January 14, 2005Black mesa drawing- another long, thin strip.. for some reason I photographed this one in two sections (just one long pastel). Other half is below. That building in the foreground, for about 20 years there, was an outdoor playhouse that my grandmother started (she was really into theatre). I saw some great plays there. No one remembers that anymore, and it's now back in the possesion of the reservation I'm pretty sure.
Thursday, January 13, 2005This is half of a drawing of black mesa place again... other half is above. This is a sacred place to the local indians and you have to get special permission to hike up and onto it.. I did that once. Pretty cool place.
Thursday, January 13, 2005This is one of the few vertically skinny pastels I have done... anothe building at the boyscout ranch
Wednesday, January 12, 2005This pastel, and most of the ones below, are from a time I spent in a pastel workshop in eastern New Mexico at a boyscout ranch. This one is of one of the buildings there
Wednesday, January 12, 2005This is from the same area in EAstern New Mexico, but later in the day, when the skys get all stormy
Wednesday, January 12, 2005This is one of a ranch housel near Filmore New Mexico from a distance.
Wednesday, January 12, 2005This is one of the other artists (name Annie, I think) and the courtyard we drew in at the boyscout ranch
Wednesday, January 12, 2005This is one of my favorite pieces from that pastel class (sold now) of some fence and a building... these thin strips make for great compositions sometimes.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005These next few pastels are from the first week of the pastel workshop near Ghost ranch New Meixco (not all that far from where I grew up)...
This is of some cliffs there
Tuesday, January 11, 2005This was my very first pastel of the class (sold it to classmate)... didnt' think it turned out well, but when I looked at it from a distance, it looked a lot better... captures what the landscapes around where I grew up look like.
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