My newest artwork of a 1970s teenager completed in watercolor. You will see that I like the color red in many of my pieces. The combination of primary colors with secondary colors make the paintings pop. I am trying to do more portrait artist studies to increase my knowledge of painting faces. This painting is completed in watercolor on 5×7 stock. The original is available as well. If interested, please contact me directly.
This was drawn and painted with color pencils and given as a gift. The digital version has a colored overlay to give it a watercolor effect. The digital version can be purchased through my merchant accounts at
The Chevrolet Impala is a full-size car built by Chevrolet for model years 1958 to 1985, 1994 to 1996, and 2000 until 2020. The Impala was Chevrolet’s popular flagship passenger car and was among the better selling American-made automobiles in the United States.
For its debut in 1958, the Impala was distinguished from other models by its symmetrical triple taillights. The Chevrolet Caprice was introduced as a top-line Impala Sport Sedan for model year 1965, later becoming a separate series positioned above the Impala in 1966, which remained above the Chevrolet Bel Air and the Chevrolet Biscayne. The Impala continued as Chevrolet’s most popular full-size model through the mid-1980s. Between 1994 and 1996, the Impala was revised as a 5.7-liter V8–powered version of the Chevrolet Caprice Classic sedan.
In 2000, the Impala was re-introduced again as a mainstream front-wheel drive car. As of February 2014, the 2014 Impala ranked No. 1 among Affordable Large Cars in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings. When the tenth generation of the Impala was introduced for the 2014 model year, the ninth generation was rebadged as the Impala Limited and sold only to fleet customers through 2016. During that time both versions were sold in the United States and Canada. The tenth-generation Impala was also sold in the Middle East, and South Korea. (Wikipedia)
My Sketching Every Day group’s artist study was Jonathan Green, an African America artist He is known as a contributing artist who settled in Florida and North Carolina. He was born on August 9, 1955 in Gardens Corner, SC, Green served in the U.S. Air Force before receiving his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1982, making him the first known artist of Gullah heritage to receive formal artistic training at a professional art school.
His artwork is influenced by his Gullah heritage and autobiographical themes from his culture and life. His works are in the collections of the Naples Museum of Art in Florida, the Afro-American Museum of Philadelphia, the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, and the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, among others. Green lives and works in Naples, FL. (Information from Art.net).
Below is an artist study of his work “Bessie Mae” I chose this particular piece since I only had an hour to complete the piece and with oil pastels, this piece can easily be blended without adding too much detail. I love all the art pieces of Jonathan Green, and his emphasis on social and cultural life of the African American. My hopes is to see his gallery when I do a trip to Florida.
This painting was drawn with oil pastels then put through digital software to soften the colors and give it a translucent look. Original oil pastel is also available for purchase and on Fine Art America. Please contact me directly if you are interested in the Oil Pastel version. Listed below.
Spring is a time of rebirth. Historically, poets have written about the rebirth and beauty of Spring. One poet is Alice Moore Dunbar – Nelson who wrote a Sonnet about Spring was comfortable writing Prose. She was a Poet, essayist, diarist, and activist was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in the 1800’s. A writer of short stories, essays, and poems, Dunbar-Nelson was comfortable in many genres but was best known for her prose. One of the few female African American diarists of the early 20th century, she portrays the complicated reality of African American women and intellectuals.
SONNET : BY ALICE MOORE DUNBAR-NELSON
I had not thought of violets late, The wild, shy kind that spring beneath your feet In wistful April days, when lovers mate And wander through the fields in raptures sweet. The thought of violets meant florists’ shops, And bows and pins, and perfumed papers fine; And garish lights, and mincing little fops And cabarets and soaps, and deadening wines. So far from sweet real things my thoughts had strayed, I had forgot wide fields; and clear brown streams; The perfect loveliness that God has made,— Wild violets shy and Heaven-mounting dreams. And now—unwittingly, you’ve made me dream Of violets, and my soul’s forgotten gleam.
I originally painted this with acrylic and wanted to give it a different digital look. I used digital artistry to give it a metal look. One of the most beloved poem about poppies was Flanders Field, written by John McCrae written about World War I.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.
The poem was rejected by several publications but finally published in December 1915 by Punch. It became the poem of the war during the war. It spoke to the people of Britain, its dominions and allies in a profound way. When America joined the war, and American casualties began to roll in, it spoke to Americans as well.
An American schoolteacher, Moina Michael in 1920 convinced the Georgia Department of the American Legion to make the poppy the remembrance flower of the war. It was later accepted by the American Legion at its annual convention shortly thereafter. Attending the convention was a Frenchwoman, Anna Guerin, who promoted the idea the poppy as a remembrance flower. She traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and finally Great Britain to promote the idea.
Bachelor’s button, Centaurea cyanus, is a European wildflower that has naturalized across the United States. It is a member of the Asteraceae family that includes asters, chicory, daisies, mums, sunflowers, and yarrow. It’s a vigorous plant commonly found growing among the grain crops in farmers’ fields. Also known as cornflower, its delicate blossoms have been charming country folks for generations. In some states it is considered invasive since it generally grows wild.
One of the predominantly blue cornflower variety is blue and is commonly referred as a cornflower. The flower is also available in shades of pink, purple, red and white, as well as in bicolor. The plant is suited for cool season and is considered an annual. Because it self-sows on viable ground, it gives the impression of being a perennial, returning each year in all its glory. Mature heights range from one to three feet. Blooming begins anytime from late spring to early summer, and generally continues until the first frost. Sturdy grayish-green stalks and leaves support delicate, multi-petaled disks. Each measures approximately one inch across. This is a robust plant that’s so easy to grow, it’s recommended widely for beginning gardeners.
Historically, the cornflower has been used as a symbol of fortitude, resilience, hope, and love. In Estonia and Germany, it has been adopted as a national flower. In France, it is a remembrance flower to commemorate victory and honor veterans. The ALS/MND Association chose the bold blue bachelor’s button as their national flower of hope. And the Corning Glass Company adorned their ground-breaking, oven-safe cookware, Corningware, with its familiar image. Many a heartsick young gentleman has worn a boutonniere of blue cornflower, believing that if it wilted, he would be the sad victim of unrequited love.
Painted in watercolor. I originally started this as an apple, but then realized that it’s shape and color resembles a tomato. Either way, tomatoes are botanically defined as fruits because they form from a flower and contain seeds. Still, they’re most often utilized like a vegetable in cooking. In fact, the US Supreme Court ruled in 1893 that the tomato should be classified as a vegetable on the basis of its culinary applications. It’s not uncommon for culinary practices to blur the lines of scientific definitions of what constitutes a fruit or a vegetable. Many plants that are considered to be vegetables are actually fruits.
For all intents and purposes, tomatoes are both. If you’re talking to a farmer or gardener, they’re fruits. If you’re talking to a chef, they’re a vegetable. They say there are over 10,000 varieties of tomatoes in different shades of red, green and even purple. With countless varieties and a range of delicious flavor profiles, there’s no question that tomatoes are the perfect addition to just about any dish. Tomatoes are extremely versatile and are great for grilling, roasting, sautéing—even on their own as a healthy snack. Whether it’s a meaty Beefsteak or a small but snappy cherry tomato, adding these antioxidant powerhouses to your meal can add a much-needed burst of flavor.
When choosing tomato varieties, it’s also important to consider how you plan to use the fruit. Do you prefer eating tomatoes in salads? Are you planning to cook vats of your grandma’s secret tomato sauce recipe? Or maybe you like to use tomatoes in lots of ways—snacking on them fresh, grilling them on kebabs, slicing them to star in the perfect tomato sandwich.
Salad/snacking tomatoes are bite-sized cherry or grape tomatoes like Sweet Million, Sun Sugar and Tami G. Grape. These make perfect additions to salads, kebabs, or frittatas. Or just eat them straight from the vine!
Slicing tomatoes are medium to extra large, round, juicy tomatoes, where a slice fits perfectly on a sandwich. These include humongous beefsteak tomatoes like Red Beefsteak, German Johnson or the moderately sized Rutgers and Earlybird.
Sauce/paste tomatoes are meaty and dense, making them ideal for sauces and pastes. Popular varieties include Roma. San Marzano and Heinz Super R.
Either way, I’ll let you determine if my painting is an apple or tomato! I prefer it to be an apple :), but I sure learned quite alot about tomatoes in researching my other favorite fruit!