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Ink and Watercolor

March 16, 2016


Blue House in Maine, 5×7

I took a lot of reference photos of houses in Maine, but this is one that stood out as I went through the images. The blue paint was even brighter than I’ve shown it here, and the repetition of that bank of windows along the front was too good to pass up. This one started with a little preliminary pencil sketch.


Roadside, 7×5

This simple scene is along the country road that goes to our home. Surround this with a steep hillside thick with oaks and cedar and that’s what it actually looks like. I was more interested in the character of a few tall, thin trees, and restricted the drawing to that. The rocks were quick and simple, and add to the fun of this little piece.


Green Roof in Galveston, 5×8

My reference albums are full of wonderful old Galveston houses. This was an exercise in direct drawing with a pen. I started with a No.1 Micron pen and drew from the reference directly on the paper. Some lines were done with a No. 5 Micron, and the boldest line work was done with a Sharpie. Green watercolor was quickly touched onto the roof and window shutters, and a light gray wash on parts of the corner section showed the light.


Blue House, 8×5

Like a lot of coastal towns, Galveston has experienced some mighty hurricanes, some of which have devastated parts of the city. Some houses have withstood the storms for over a hundred years, some have been damaged and renovated. Others have been completely destroyed, and newer places built in their place. I love doing drawings of these old houses. This one was drawn directly on the paper with Micron pens, with a little watercolor added to brighten it up.

More to come.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 16, 2016 4:29 pm

    Beautiful work Ralph!

  2. March 23, 2016 10:51 pm

    Nice sketches! I’m curious- is the paper really that dirty peach colour, or is that just how it photographs?

    • March 23, 2016 11:18 pm

      Thanks! Unfortunately, I don’t take great pains when I’m shooting a lot of these. My art budget doesn’t allow for professional photography and I’ve gotten kind of lazy in my old age.

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