Monthly Archives: July 2010

Juniper Bonsai

I’ve been hesitant about putting this one out there.  Along the lines of simple brush work, much like the last post (as well as the link to the other one you can find there), this was done quickly during lunch.  I was going for extreme simplicity, trying to pare it down to the bare essentials, but seemed to get a little carried away in detail on the leaves, but not too much.  Not proud of it, but it’s not like I’m selling these, so who cares?  Plus, it’s in my sketchbook.  Maybe I’ll fill the whole book up with crud, then sell it all as one thing.  Nope, not gonna do that either.  I don’t do it to make a living anyway.  Hell, I’ve only ever sold one piece, and that was on ebay just to see if it would sell.  Not gonna get rich, for sure!  But I do love creating.

Watercolor in the Moleskine sketchbook

Red Gate

I saw this photo of a Japanese garden with this large, red gate along a pebbled path.  Very powerful image.  I love Japanese art and landscape.  I love the whole culture, actually.  This, done in my sketchbook with watercolor, is a take-off on a style I used on another image earlier on.  It’s fast and the forms and lines are intended to be suggestive.  Detail is not meant to be seen, but inferred.  I’m not too pleased with how this turned out, but it is only in a sketchbook, so nah!

Watercolor in Moleskine sketchbook


I don’t know why I’m more prone to being creative while at work.  Lunch is like throwing a switch.  Shut the brain power down, and all kinds of fun, crazy, things come up.  This one is kind of crazy, huh?  I had to force myself to stop.  Prone to over-working things, I am.  It’s not supposed to be anything, just watercolor and ink.  No plan, just kind of went the way the brush and color wanted to go.  This, apparently, is what the universe wanted to do during lunch as me this afternoon.

Watercolor & ink on index card