June 27, 2011

A Week In Orlando

We spent last week in Orlando Florida for Father’s Day.  Our daughter, Leela lives and works in Orlando as a video game artist.

We went to Sea World, our favorite theme park. It’s the animals that draw us there and the clean caring environment that we enjoy. The killer whales thrive here and the research work and rescue work scientists do helps preserve them and the other animals in the wild.

The sketches all were done from life at Sea World on 3.5”x 5” 60 lb 400 series Strathmore Sketchbook paper.

Sea World Sketches below were all done using Memory ink brush pen, sepia ink and waterbrush

Shamu Stadium

Relaxing and eating barbecue at the Voyager Restaurant while it rains 

Eating barbecue again at the Voyager Restaurant


Sting Ray
Sting Ray

Sea Lions settling down for the night
Harbor seal, smaller, shorter flippers, rounder
Sleeping Sea Lions
We also visited Lake Eola and ate at the Relax Grill, on the lake, fabulous hamburgers.

These sketches below were drawn in a 3.5”x 5” 60 lb 400 series Strathmore Sketchbook. This sketchbook is my portable journal, I have used it for many years and I don’t mind jotting down any information on any subject I need on it, it’s so all purpose and strong enough for ink washes.

 fountain pen, sepia ink & waterbrush

fountain pen, sepia ink & water-brush

Stabilo Brown Ink Pen & Water-brush

June 26, 2011

Our Oriental Pond Garden

Our Oriental Pond Garden

"Our Oriental Garden" was created in oil on board; painting outside from life. This style of painting is also known as plein air painting. The focal point in the painting is the Oriental statue of Quan Yin, who is holding a jar in which the healing love of compassion flows out upon the world. I studied Oriental Painting and used these brush strokes in this picture to define the leaves, which were individually evident because this is a closer range landscape. The garden faces our kitchen window so we have observed many birds and some other animals enjoying a drink here. 

Below are two preliminary watercolor paintings I created before I did the oil painting. 

 I studied Oriental Painting and I also taught this style of paintings for several years. I find it has enhanced my western painting techniques and my painting ability as well as given me many hours of pleasure.