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Blowing Snow In The San Juans

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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

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

Sunrise For My Sweetheart

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

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

Feed Me… In Watercolor

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Williams Feed (from one of my photos)
Dillon, Montana — May 2018
Watercolor on 4″x 6″ paper

Cindy saw me painting this image last Saturday and laid claim to it, so I — gentleman that I am — gave it to her on Sunday morning, as yet another watercolor love letter.  And the source?  Both are side-by-side below. Continue Reading →

Passionate Period

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

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

Watercolor Abstract

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Abstract
Central Maryland — December 1989
Watercolor on 4″x 6″ paper

Another painting from one of my love letters to Cindy.  I sent these to her on a fairly regular basis, though I have only a handful that we have kept over the years.

Not all of my paintings were of real objects; sometimes I’d just play with the interactions of color and keep those that I liked — like this one

Junkyard Of Dreams

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A long forgotten dream for someone
Ridge, Maryland — August 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

The boatyard of the marina we used to keep our boat at was filled with abandoned vessels of all types — large sailboats, little sailboats, houseboats, powerboats of various sizes, wooden boats, fiberglass boats, and steel-hulled boats.  Many had a faded “For Sale” sign on them, but had never been purchased.  All of them were slowly rotting in place… victims of obvious neglect and unforgiving weather conditions.

I don’t know how many were eventually declared officially abandoned by the State, chopped into pieces by the marina, and disposed of — but it was a large number.  And each one was once the dream of someone.

For My Sweetheart

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Crocuses
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 →