Live Oak in Hill Country I

Live Oak in Hill Country I, Watercolor

Picture Size:5 inches x 7 inches , 140lb Cold Pressed Arches Paper

Frame Details: Not framed or matted
Original watercolor that is full of vibrant colors of a live oak tree that is in the Austin Hill Country of Texas.

Fishing In Aransas

Fishing In Aransas, Watercolor

Picture Size:7 inches x 11 inches , 140lb Cold Pressed Arches Paper

Frame Details: Not framed or matted
Original watercolor of a fisherman in Port Aransas area.

Canyon Lake Near Randolph Recreation Area

Canyon Lake Near Randolph Recreation Area, Watercolor

Picture Size:7 inches x 11 inches , 140lb Cold Pressed Arches Paper

Frame Details: Not framed or matted
Original watercolor of Canyon Lake, near the Randolph Recreation Area.

Rose in Gardens of Versailles

Rose in Gardens of Versailles, 6

Picture Size:8 inches x 12 inches
Frame Details: Not Matted

In the city of Versailles, the Palace of Versailles is one of the most well know chateaus in the world.  As Paris expanded, it is now basically a wealthy suburb of the famous city.  When you get there, golden gates restored in 2008 (to a tune of $8M) will great you which are a replica of the gates torn down during the French Revolution.  Once inside, you can marvel at the hall of mirrors, bedrooms and period furnishings that make this chateau so famous. 

One of the best parts though, is the 800 hectares (3 square miles) of gardens in Classic French style of Andre Le Notre which await you to the west end.   Although a very small part, this ink drawing of a rose from the gardens is one of the many flowers you will find here.  As you walk though, there are areas that seem mazelike which open on courtyards and finally a large pond.  You might even find yourself wandering into the labyrinth which features statues from Aesop’s Fables.  With all the fountains and plants, water supply has always been a problem. If you go far enough, you will get to Marie Antoinette’s hamlets, subject of the next drawing.  

Pen Drawing of the Arc de Triomphe

Pen Drawing of the Arc de Triomphe, 6

Picture Size:8 inches x 12 inches
Frame Details: Not Matted
Another one of the most famous landmarks in Paris is the Arc de Triomphe. It was started in 1810 by Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and was commissioned to commemorate the victory against Austria and Russia at Austerlitz. It is at the western end of the Champs-Elysees (place of blessed dead) in the center of Place Charles de Gaulle. As you walk around it, you can see the names of French victories and generals and beneath is the tomb of the unknown soldier from World War I. As you wait in line to climb the stairs, you can see patriotic stories of naked French youths fighting Germanic warriors. Once you get to the top, the Arc de Triomphe is one of the best vantage points for looking out over the layout and city streets of Paris (not to mention some of the most expensive shopping).

Bridge Near Notre Dame Cathedral

Bridge Near Notre Dame Cathedral, 6

Picture Size:8 inches x 12 inches
Frame Details: Not Matted
When you are standing near the backside of Notre Dame, there is a bridge which goes over the Seine. Standing over the bridge, you can watch ships and boats full of tourists pass by underneath. If you cross the street and look out, there is a wonderful view of the river and the next bridge downstream. In the evening, this bridge is lit up as the sun sets. If you walk back to Notre Dame, you are near the back where there are some great places to sit and relax under the trees. Itís a great area to be in and truly relaxing.

Tuscany Flowers

Tuscany Flowers, Oil Painting

Picture Size:7 inches x 5 inches , Canvas Covered Panel

Frame Details: Unframed - Will Fit Standard Frame
Tuscany has such a beautiful countryside and I wanted to capture the flowers that bloom in the fields. For this picture, I was aiming to get a very colorful field and painted it with a strong background of new gambage yellow.

Mountain Barn

Mountain Barn, Oil Painting

Picture Size:7 inches x 5 inches , Canvas Covered Panel

Frame Details: Unframed - Will Fit Standard Frame
This is a painting I did of a barn where I was trying to capture nuances of a nuetral landscape. It has a thick paint application with easy to see brushstrokes.

Stargazer Lily Stamen

Stargazer Lily Stamen, 7

Picture Size:8 inches x 12 inches
Frame Details: Not Matted
Sometimes I take pictures with old M42 lenses and extension tubes on my modern DSLR. This is one of the macro pictures of the stamen of a stargazer lily.

Florence Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

Florence Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, 7

Picture Size:8 inches x 12 inches
Frame Details: Not Matted
Florence is a definite must for lovers of art because Michelangeloís David is there. You are not allowed to take pictures of David, but the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore makes for some great photography. Get up early and climb to the top for great views of Florence.