Thursday, September 30, 2010

Mollie Waits

11 x 14 Watercolor on Arches 300 CP

This is a portrait of my beautiful chocolate lab, Mollie B Beckham.

I painted this from a photo I took of her while she was still young. I reckon she was about 10 months old here. This was before we built on to the house and got rid of those concrete steps. 

She's so beautiful. I like the painting and it looks like her but it doesn't do her justice.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Green Sea Turtle

8 x10 Colored Pencil on Acid Free Museum Board

Gorilla at Knoxville Zoo

8 x 10 Colored Pencil on Acid Free Museum Board 

 This is one of my first colored pencil attempts. Colored pencils are pretty cool but they are a lot more physical work then I imagined. All that covering and burnishing can where you hands out if you're unaccustomed to it.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Gloria's Produce

11 x 14 Watercolor on Arches 300 CP 

This was painted from a photo I took on the way to Dauphin Island, Alabama.
Anyone who has ever driven to Dauphin Island will recognize this scene. Gloria's Produce has been there for years. I'm not sure how they stay in business. I reckon there are enough locals out there even if you can't tell that by the main roads.

But rain or shine, there is someone manning the produce stalls there and whatever is in season is prominently displayed.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Mules on Hwy 30, Pikeville, TN

8 x 10 Watercolor on Arches 140 CP 

I painted these from a photo I took while visiting my brothers in Tennessee. One lives in Knoxville and the other lives in Woodbury. And these mules live in between them if you take the back roads.
Walter and I spent the night in Fall Creek Falls, that trip, at the Wayside Inn. It's a crazy little 1950s motel with a gregarious cook at the grill slinging hash and hamburgers.

While traveling to Woodbury we stopped and a number of places to take pictures and look around. I originally stopped by this fence because the owner had lined yards and yards of rickety and rusty farming equipment along it like some people have cedar trees.

But as I approached the fence these mules came toward me and gathered to take a look at what I was up to. The black one in particular seemed to want an introduction. He was quite assertive and wanted to be sure that he was the point man, much like some over friendly dogs will block you from making contact with the other dogs. 

None of the mules bore the same coat or color. I don't know what kind of mules these are, or even if there is a breed nomenclature for the varieties, but if there isn't there should be

Kiwis on Red Plate

8 x 10 Watercolor on Arches 300 CP

Anna's Cherry Blossoms

8 x 10 Watercolor on Arches 300

Morning Glories

8 x 10 Watercolor on Arches CP