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Blowing Snow In The San Juans


Looking toward the headwaters of Cement Creek
Silverton, Colorado — July 2018
Watercolor on 4″x 6″ paper

One of the things I like about art is that it can be done anytime, anywhere.  Below is the original photo I shot of our old property in Colorado over a decade ago, and I used it as the basis for the above watercolor painting last weekend.

When I was a teenager doing art, this watercolor would have driven me mad — as it doesn’t look exactly like the photograph, it’s not realistic enough.  And now?  Now I love being able to selectively edit an image and paint it however I wish.

Looking toward Tower Mountain
Silverton, Colorado — June 2007
Fujifilm FinePix F31fd + 36-108mm

More From The Love Letter Series


Sunset on the Bay
Central Maryland — September 1989
Watercolor on 4″x 6″ paper

Sunrise For My Sweetheart


Central Maryland — August 1989
Watercolor on 4″x 6″ paper

Another watercolor painting from one of my love letters to Cindy.

Passionate Period


Central Maryland — November 1989
Watercolor on 4″x 6″ paper

A watercolor painting from another of my love letters to Cindy.

For My Sweetheart


Central Maryland — May 2018
Watercolor on 4″x6″ paper

I’m still getting back into the watercolor painting groove, but was pleased with this quick sketch of spring crocuses from earlier in the week. Continue Reading →

Windsurfing Sunrise


En plein air sunrise
Buxton, North Carolina — July 1989
Watercolor on paper — 4″ x 6″

One of the many benefits of having a portable watercolor field kit is being able to paint whenever the fancy strikes, such as this one.

My brother came out to visit me from the west coast, and we dashed down to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for some windsurfing at Canadian Hole, a wonderfully protected area just south of Buxton.  We camped overnight, and — like always — I woke up early.  While waiting for my brother to roll out of his sleeping bag, I painted this sunrise image en plein air for Cindy, to send her in a letter.

Watercolor Swatches Are Mostly Complete


Completed watercolor swatches
Central Maryland — April 2018
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

Whew — that only took forever-and-a-day!  I’ve still got to put another black line on each of them, and have yet to perform the pigment lifting test to the wash of each color — but, by-and-large, the swatch creation process is finally nearing the end.

Paintings Go A-Courting


Imaginary sunset
Rockville, Maryland — June 1989
Watercolor on paper — 4″ x 6″

When I said I was old school, I meant it.  Back in the day, there was no Tinder.  There was no Facebook.  There was no social media at all, in fact.

If you wanted to meet people and get to know them better, you could do it in person — by going to places or events that like-minded people would be interested in.  Favorites for many at the time were bars (bars always made me uncomfortable, so that was out), meet markets (ditto), churches (I was never successful at this), organized social events (I was never good with big crowds).  For me, I liked bicycling, reading, hiking, doing art, listening to music, etc.  Pretty much everything solitary, I was into.  So I pretty much struck out there. Continue Reading →