Monday, April 14, 2014

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Marina - This is the walk to Brophy Bros. Seafood Restaurant. It's in the distance. It's quite renown and very busy all the time. This view is from the parking lot where we usually park. The sky near the ocean is pale orange pink. The sky high above and out of the frame is dark blue. It's reflection is what you see below the boats. Not a good image, I know, my reflection can be seen and it hasn't much contrast. It sold very fast and this is the image I have.
Offshore Oil Rig - This is another view at the beginning of sunset. This rig is 20 miles south of Santa Barbara. The color of the metal was remarkable and only looks that way for a short time.
La Arcada - The shop on the left was a commercial art gallery where I hoped to show some of my work. When I finished the painting, some several months later, the gallery was gone.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

More water colors from trip to China

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THREE GORGES DAM - This is a view of the east side. It retains the Yangsee river water. The dam is 1 and 1/4 miles wide and in 2007 was 100 feet below being filled. dimensions: 8 x 12 inches... 14 x 17 framed
ISLAND THAT DISAPPEARED - This is an island 2 days east of the dam that contains temples, shrines and religious instruction sites. We were told that it will soon be under water as the Three Gorges Dam fills and raises the water level here above the island. dimensions: 8 x 12 inches... 14 x 17 framed
MOORING AT CHONGQUING - This is another 2 days east. The metropolitan area has over 33 million inhabitants and lots of large item manufacturing. Right now the river is too shallow to bring the big cargo ships here to load the goods. When the Three Gorges Dam is full the river here will be deep enough to load the big ships, take them west thru the locks of the dam and out into the Pacific Ocean. dimensions:12 x 14... 17 x 20 framed

Monday, March 3, 2014


THE GREAT WALL NEAR BADALING In Badaling the great wall section is entirely reconstructed amidst lots of souverir stores and a Starbucks. This section is ten miles away. Our van parked in a dirt lot and we hiked 45 minutes up the hill to this authentic section of the wall. It's very isolated giving you a sense of how the guards lived as they waited and watched for the Mongol hordes to breach their position.
CITY WALL - XIAN This was the traditional winter quarters for the Emperor and his government and the easter terminus of the Silk Road. This wall surrounds the central city, an area of 4 square miles.

Monday, June 24, 2013


Fred Crippen and I are old friends and worked on many animated films together. We've always admired each-others artwork and we hope to have a show together soon. Fred is a graduate of Michigan State University and took painting there from Jackson Pollack's brother. He went to New York to be a painter and got a job at the UPA Animation studio there. UPA transferred him to Los Angeles and when they went out of business he opened his own animation studio, Pantomime Pictures, in Hollywood. In such a small setting Fred could design and animate his own films. I worked for Pantomime during the first five years of the Sesame Street show when Pantomime was supplying short pieces to them. Fred asked me to write, storyboard, design and animate. It was a very enjoyable time. This is a small selection of his work. He has created hundreds of ink and color wash paintings over the years during his free time away from the studio.

Sunday, November 11, 2012


This is a Mandarin’s ( a wealthy merchant ) garden, near Hangzhou, China, 100 miles southwest of  Shanghai.   Chinese gardens must contain four elements ... Water, Stone, Exposed earth and Growing plants.


This is a view of the Last Emperor’s apartment.  It’s at the back of the Forbidden City in Beijing.  It’s isolated by these piled stones. That’s a collection of prayer columns in front of the building.


This is the view of Nanjing Road from our hotel.  At night, it’s a wall on neon lights and people waltz in proscribed areas on the 30 foot wide sidewalk.