This is the one I promissed – a view from my balcony in watercolour. If you guess correctly, then you’ll know where I’m from. I’ll give you a couple of clues though:
1. In the background you can see a small part of the old town with St. Antony’s church and Emperor’s mosque.
2. Further back, there is a mountain on which bob and sledge competitions were held during 14th Winter Olympic Games. The same moutain was used to lounch a record long city siege.
3. At the bottom-left corner (just below the balcony wall) Austrian Arch-duke Ferdinand was assained almost exactely 95 years ago – which triggered World War One.
4. At bottom right corner you can see the tracks of the first fully operational electrificated tram-line in Europe.
Do not be confused by the colour of the river (it is a river belive me) – That is its natural colour, and the most realistic one in this view. If you’ve guessed correctly than you are a Geographical genius!
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Olive tree and a resting boat – Watercolour on W/C Large
The same weekend, same beach, same W/C sketchbook, same brush and same hand…
Mediterranean beach – Watercolour
Last weekend we went to an deserted camping area. The beach was reserved just for us. The animal you can see is an inflatable plastic dolphin my daughter uses to ride on.
This watercolor was created in a Moleskine Watercolor journal a couple of year’s back. It was inspired by an old marker illustration I did in the 1980′s of a Clown Fish I bumped into on a dive trip. At one time, I wanted to create large 3-D pieces of undersea images and this illustration was a study of one of the fishes I intended to do.
This is a side dirt road over Beckwourth Pass, which is the road going to Reno, Nevada. Even though the elevation is higher than where I live, it is the beginning of the Great Basin Desert and is very dry and rocky, with sagebrush and antelope bush being the primary plant life. From the top of the pass you can see layers and layers of mountains, and cars on the distant highway look like little wind-up toys. I’m not particularly fond of the desert, but I do like the immense view from up there where mankind looks more like an ant and you get your perspective back on where we really fit into nature’s picture.
I was on a narrow rocky dirt road here. Far down below is a lovely river with some of the prettiest campgrounds I’ve ever seen, never very crowded either and with good access to the river. This canyon is about 1,500 feet lower in elevation than where I live, so by April when we still have snow, I like to go there and get some sun and see what’s blooming.
This is a lovely trail to a gorgeous waterfall, and it is even handicapped accessible because the whole thing is paved with comfy benches for sitting if one gets tired. For those who are more agile, there is access to the rocks at the very top of the waterfall with lovely vistas in all directions. Just don’t slip and fall because it’s a looooooong way down.
I always wanted to go to Africa. Why because theres so much to see. Sort of like the Endless Summer movie have you seen that one. Those guys had a blast. This scene has an elephant with some people on it and to the right you can barely make a lion near the log.
3.5″ x 11″ Watercolor and pen
This was a sketch of a train depot. I was headed to a friends house to do some landscaping, odd job, and I had about an hour to kill. So I remember about this train depot I was wanting to do for a while. It was very hot that day and with the ac not working in the car I had to opend the doors to cool off. Next time I do something like this I bringing a stool or chair, lol. I sketched the building with a Techliner black marker, .3mm which I really like. They come in different sizes .1 to .5mm. I was able to do the whole building within an hour but had no time to lay down my watercolors so I had to take a photo. I finished it at the house. It took about an hour to do the watercolors. The underdrawing can be seen on my website, http://www.kirbysart.blogspot.com ~Kirby