Illustrations, short stories, cars and trucks

My Sweet Chevy

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Once upon a time I owned this sweet car.  It was great and ran great with no problems. I had it for around 10 years.  At the time, it was considered a classic but I didn’t think it was old. I sold it to 2 German guys who flew to Los Angeles looking to pick up cars for their German Classic Car Club they were starting up.  This was my all purpose car and I needed it for everything, including kids and everything that comes with kids.  I got really tired of people stealing parts off of it.  I could not park it anywhere without coming back to find it had been stripped again.  Times change, cars change.  I don’t really miss it because it was a lot of fun when I had it.  Hope it’s still alive and doing well in Germany.

flora and fauna, Illustrations, Nature, Odd Little Stories

California Live Oak Tree, WIP

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This new drawing and is part of a new way of working for me.  I am in the process of writing a story and want it illustrate it.  It takes place in California under a big live oak tree.  There are animal characters that will be placed under this tree.  The big difference about this drawing is that it is completely digital.  I am still pretty overwhelmed with the digital process because I am doing everything from scratch.  I am working on my Wacom Cintiq every day, and every day the environment gets a little easier.

By far the layers and brushes successfully keep me somewhat mystified and even though I am not new to photoshop, I am new to the amazing number of choices I have to work with on the Cintiq.  The tablet is still huge at 24″ and I am slow because I have to process the thoughts of how and where to find things on the interface.  Which of the new brushes do I use and deciding which colors.   Nothing is coming quickly and easily.  But today I feel I successfully captured the light of the California landscape here.

So at the end of today’s session, I merged all my layers into this one piece.  The next time I will add a new layer and that will be the beginning of the animals that I will be placing in the landscape.  I don’t know how I will figure out how to capture the specific point of view I am looking for.  But for now, I am happy.

 

animals, dogs, horses, cats, Illustrations, Revising Old Work

Appaloosa in Training

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This is a young girl I knew in California as a very talented and hard working young trainer.  I did this watercolor of her with an underpainting in soft pink tones.  She is resurrected here.  Enjoy.

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animals, Illustrations, scratchboard drawing

Silver Tiger Engraving

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This is a scratchboard engraving drawing on silver paper.  I have gone back and made some changes on the Cintiq.  I sure am having fun on the cintiq  and there are so many possibilities. It’s exciting to realize I am in my infancy here with this drawing tool..  What great things to look forward to.

Here it is in my online store: 

animals, Illustrations, interior design

Portrait of a zebra in graphite, love grey

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\My love for drawing animals continues.  This is a simple but sophisticated graphite drawing of a zebra done on ecru paper to give it a soft tone.  As his stripes leave him, they meander into a background that engulfs his background and camouflages his beautiful face.

Here he is on products from my online store.

flora and fauna, Illustrations, interior design

Love ribbon with flowers

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Here is another zentangle from my collection of pen and ink little drawings that I am digitally drawing and painting to finish them ON THE WACOM.  This one was a real experience because I guess it’s a shock to experience the vivid and true color on the cintiq tablet and  see the paler version  on the internet.  On the web the colors look pale to me.

 

 

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To say the least I spent many hours on this and I worked it through and reworked it trying to learn how I could have done it easier.

 

Ajijic, Odd Little Stories, Places, thoughts behind the work

Early Days of Wire Collecting in Mexico

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When I first arrived in Mexico I did a hell of a lot of walking.  I walked every day, up and down steep hills, and over broken streets with potholes and cobblestones.

When  you do this kind of walking, it’s very important to look down.  If you don’t look down, and look at the surroundings all the time, surely you will stumble and fall.  I believe the majority of seniors here walk with canes.  I walk with a cane now too but only when I’m going to wild places and very old parts of town like Ajijic.  |My vertigo has gotten much better as I work at it all the time.  The sidewalks are extremely narrow as are many of the roads.  The cobblestones are worn and bumpy and some stones are popping up, which can catch you off guard if you foolishly wear sandals instead of good walking shoes.

The most dangerous part aside from crossing streets is my depth perception problem.  I have a hard time trying to judge the distance from the sidewalk to the street.  Sometimes it can be very steep and that is really hard if you don’t have a cane; especially with a week leg, or if both legs are not strong.

When I moved to San Antonio my life got immediately better.  Before my infamous tumble when I injured by knee, I used to collect wires I found in the streets.  There is always lots of construction going on around here.  People are building all the time.  When construction is in full swing, the combination of chain link fencing, cement trucks, flatbed trucks of bricks and wire towers seem to be everywhere you look.

The vehicles run over everything and smash anything soft into the cobblestones, changing the poor victims into unrecognizable shapes.  Wires are my favorite things.  Although I dearly love the disappearing metal soup and soda can lids.  I find them pretty nice when they are rusted into oblivion and are full of holes, leaving them wafer thin like some sort of ancient ceremonial disc.

When wires are run over many times, it really improve their shape when the cement trucks do their damage.  I got to the point where I was actually looking for them. I just could not help myself from this new compulsion.  That can be dangerous.  I’ve had lovely friends collect some for me too.  They have left them for me on my patio table.  How fun is that?  I have kept these smashed treasures  from my travels and someday I will create a few works of art from them.  Until that day, I want to catalog my precious collection here so I won’t forget my early days in this amazing place.