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Memories of a friend – Watercolor

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It’s only goodbye for now, because someday we’ll meet again.

Crossing over fences, and you without the pain.

From kindergarten on, a friend you were to me.

Spending most of the days hours together, no better friend you could be.

Riding bikes, playing sports, and our BB guns in hand.

All the summer days, until you were burnt red, and I was browned tan.

You were like a brother, and I hope that you felt the same.

From strangers in kindergarten, to brothers we became.

Grade School, Middle School, and High School goes by.

Time as friends is less, and I’m not sure why.

Although life’s path took us, in very different ways.

Memories of those fences and fields, in my mind will always stay.

Thank you John, for the friendship that you gave.

Until we meet again my friend, all our memories as friends, I will lways save.

Rest In Peace my friend.

Tiger at Water – Watercolor

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I find it fascinating watching wild animals at the watering hole. The game animals or prey, are on constant guard, flinching, heads in constant movement, ears twitching and legs on a hair-trigger ready to go to full sprint with in a split second. On the other hand, you have the predators along the water holes that are hidden in the bushes near, knowing all animals eventually needs water. This watercolor of the tiger doesn’t have the eyes of a prey glancing in fear, it has the eyes of an opportunist ready to take the unexpected that happens to come up on the same watering hole.

Sunset Sail – Watercolor

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There’s that few seconds when the edge of day meets the darkness of night that makes things magical. Several times while at the ocean I have my camera in hand thinking I was going to capture the moment, and before I knew it, that moment was gone. How is it that something that stays in the sky for so many hours of the day, can disappear as if there is magic involved. Now I know better, and when that moment approaches, I’m ready.

Original 8″ x 11″ watercolor (11″ x 14″ matted) on 140lb cold press paper

$90.00

American Pharaoh – Watercolor

  • 2015DerbyPreaknessclick on image to zoom I apologize for the poor quality photo with reflections and distortions, but this was taken at an outdoor show. With the brilliant colors of the Derby, and the excitement of the horses, I hope this painting captures some of that for you, and that you will enjoy it. This is a framed 18″ x 24″ original watercolor

Mermaid-Amber dances

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As she dances in the night, she can only dream of a partner from above. It’s been 10 years since she laid upon the fields of gold, gazing up at the stars. Missing the days of riding a bike, swinging in the old rope swing hung by her grandfather, and the warmth when embraced by her parents. Just a young girl with so many moments in life still ahead of her and yet those moments would never come.

It was one of those hot days when the ocean breeze, and the cool spray of the waves could cool things off. This was her moment to use the heat as an excuse to ask her parents to take the boat out a few miles and see the wildlife that she so loved. You see her dream was always to live in the ocean and swim with the grace of the dolphins, and yet the gentleness of a sea turtle upon a wave. This world above sea level was fun, but things must be even better under the sea. Her dad finally puts his tools down and agrees that they do need a break, and off they went.

The boat was loaded and off they went. Smiling with the biggest of smiles, and her friends the dolphins taking lead, further and further they ventured. What they didn’t realize, and something her dad usually checked, was the weather. Setting out in such a hurry, they didn’t realize that the heat of the day, created energy for the storm approaching, approaching fast. The waves grew, the control of the small vessel lessened until there was no control. Her dad fought and held on as long as his loving arms could, but the grip was lost.

As the light from above dimmed, and the cold dark blue of the ocean increased, Amber faded. Her thoughts were on her dad and what had happened.

It’s been ten years, and now Amber still dances, but dances alone. There are still fisherman today that say that they see this beautiful young lady dancing with long flowing red hair, but that’s not possible. For you see, this little girl named Amber and her loving father, are together, but they are together under the tree that once held the rope swing that her grandfather hung.

watercolor, 11″ x 14″

Spring? Bring it! – watercolors

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These are several fast ink and watercolor sketches that I’ve recently finished just trying to bring Spring to southern Indiana.

The bottom left is a non-Spring related ink sketch, but is an old retro style Sci-Fi scene. With an astronaut hoping they know that he comes in peace, not realizing what behind him, does not!

The other three are a familiar scene from the southern Indiana area. The Spring rains have begun, and the snow has all but melted away, that’s not to say that we might get more next week. Last week we received 8.5″ of snow and temps were in the single digits farenheit, this week, almost 70 degrees. As we would say around here “If you don’t like the weather today, wait till tomorrow, it will completely be different.”

These are 5″ x 7″ on 140 cold press watercolor paper.

Thanks for viewing and I hope flowers are blooming where-ever you live.

Rust Series-Acrylics? used like watercolor

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Acrylics on 140lb cold press paper

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Lived my entire life in southern Indiana, but have always had a love for the beach and ocean. There are two places in this world that brings calm and relaxation to me, that’s walking in the woods, or strolling down an ocean beach. Even as a kid the adventure of what you might see, or what you might find while walking at both places has always been a fun time. The woods offer beautifully shaped trees, little streams rolling down the hillside, a box turtle slowly making its way through the woods or a shed whitetail antler, you just never know. The ocean, along with its rhythmic sound of waves, also offers an abundant natural and manmade wonders, from a beautifully shaped and aged piece of driftwood, seashells of all kinds, and sea life that will absolutely amaze the eye. Some just simply walk past, or walk through without actually opening their eyes, ears, and minds to actually inhale all of its wonders. This is also a symbol of the way our lives are journeyed these days, without appreciation, respect, and missing out on the true wonders of whats been given.