Tag: Figurative Watercolor

John McEuan Banjo

This is a watercolor portrait of John McEuan of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The group has been playing great music for 47 years now. We recently went to a concert in Colorado Springs to see the group. This watercolor in on a sheet of gessoed handmade paper. Matted and framed it will fit into…

Photo Op – Tent Rocks, New Mexico

This watercolor shows my wife and our daughter-in-law (holding the camera) exploring a slot canyon in Tent Rocks. The National Monument is located about half way between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. It's painted on a full sheet of Arches 300 lb rough but I'm cropping the edges off to emphasize the vertical nature of the…

Tilffanie's Balloon

Recently, I tried a sheet of handmade paper, using watercolor, but without putting gesso on it first. I love the texture that developed on the surface of this painting. The subject is one of my triplet grandkids – Tiffanie. She was about three at the time and had recently broken her arm. She is now…

Mixing Adobe Mud

I've struggled with different titles for this watercolor. Several people thought there was fire in the scene. I settled on "Mixing Adobe Mud". If you have observed the restoration of an historic adobe church in northern New Mexico it makes sense. If not, you are confused. Ambiguity is good in art but this image tells…

Balloon Fiesta Sunrise

I tried another watercolor from this years Annual Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This is a difficult one showing people engaged in watching the launch. It's a busy composition as is the morning launch with hundreds of hot air balloons going up at the same time. I painted on a full sheet of Arches,…

Interior Shot

This a unique view of a hot air balloon being inflated at the annual Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I enjoy the abstract qualities while staying very realistic. It was painted on a full sheet of Arches 300 lb rough (22 x 30). Inside the balloon's envelope are a camera crew from a local…

at the dance

I was a teacher before I retired, and I always had to chaperone the school dances.  I loved doing the red dress, it was the inspiration for the painting.