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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

The Old Guy Whom Is Now The FNG


Cherry blossoms near the Jefferson Memorial
Washington, DC — March 1989
En plein air
Watercolor on paper — 22″ x 30″

I recently announced here on my site that I was getting back into watercolor painting after a hiatus of nearly 25-years.  When I initially posted that intent, I was just planning on doing my own thing and thought that I would likely share my finished work on an occasional basis.

However, as I’ve reacquainted myself with my tools and paints, and dug more and more into the subject again, I’ve come to realize that the art world as a whole is a completely different beast from when I last played in it so long ago.  So I figured I’d share the joy, the pain, the fun, the frustration, the wonder, and the WTF moments of this old guy… whom is now the FNG (the Effing New Guy, in case you don’t know).

What follows is a little long-winded, so please bear with me.

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Switching Gears


Spring tulips
Central Maryland — March 1989
Watercolor on paper — 4″ x 6″

I’ve been doing a lot of creative soul-searching lately, and decided a few weeks ago to get back to my artistic roots by actually crafting images with my hands — specifically watercolor paintings, pencil sketching, ink drawings, etc.  Watercolor in particular is a profound draw for me because it’s so challenging and the results can be so satisfying.  I last did serious watercolors some 25-years ago (the painting above was done nearly 30-years ago as an en plein air sketch), so I’m a bit rusty at present.

I’m not giving up photography altogether, but have decided to ease back on taking photographs.  I’ll continue to post images, but now it’ll be more of a mixed media offering — photos, drawings, watercolor paintings, etc.