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Here are some of my more recent watercolors.
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Some years in Northern California it seems that brilliant poppies are everywhere. In this painting I sought to capture the vibrancy of California Poppies growing exuberantly in the fields. The California Poppy is the State Flower of California (Eschscholzia californica). 200630. Watercolor, 21" x 9".
I was hankering to paint a flower, so I went to two nurseries and a public rose garden looking for good candidates. I ended up with flowers from one of Jean's rosebushes, buds just opening up, arranged via PhotoShop. I think the paper-white makes them 'pop' more than if I tried for a careful gradation of color in the lightest areas. Won Award of Merit in the juried WASH “Go with the Flow” 2020 Open Show, August 25-Oct 25, 2020. 200806. Watercolor, 10" x 14". In a private collection: J. Wilson.
What impressed me about this steam locomotive was the power of its driving wheels, which I tried to express in this watercolor. I first used a masking-pouring technique, but then needed to come back with a brush to get the values right across the painting. Awarded Honorable Mention in the Architecture and Machinery category of the WASH Painting of the Year 2020 competition. Exhibited in the in the juried "Go with the Flow" WASH Open Show, August 29-Sept 25, 2021. 201024. Watercolor, 14" x 14".
To commemorate my reading of Churchill: Walking with Destiny, I painted a portrait of this great and eccentric leader who encouraged and emboldened the United Kingdom to ultimately win World War II. He is wearing the uniform of a Honorary Air Commodore in the Royal Air Force. 210210, Watercolor, 14" x 10".
On a trip to the South Tahoe area in late June 2018, I saw these beautiful proud clusters of purple flowered spikes. California has about 70 varieties of lupine. I think this is Lupinus polyphyllus, variously known as Blue Pod Lupine or Large Leaf Lupine. I left the most sunlit areas white to bring out the sparkle of the blossoms in full sun. 210309. Watercolor. 14" x 14".
I've been painting a series of animals that appear on the walls of my granddaughters' rooms in Auburn. This Pacific Tree Frog (Pseudacris regilla) abounds in our area. This is from a photo I found searching. Part of my 31 Paintings in July Challenge. 210703. Watercolor, 14" x 10".
My oldest granddaughter is interested in all things animal -- including insects. Here's a Seven-spot Ladybird (or Ladybug, Coccinella septempunctata, the most common ladybird in Europe, and expanding in the American eastern seaboard. Part of my 31 Paintings in July Challenge. 210712. Watercolor, 14" x 10".
When I asked my granddaughter what kind of animal I should paint for her, she responded: Boa Constrictor (Boa constrictor). So I looked for a dramatic photo from which to paint -- not having my own pet boa -- and found a particular menacing one. Part of my 31 Paintings in July Challenge. 210716. Watercolor, 14" x 10".
I designed and painted this Holy Spirit flame for use as a logo in my e-mail Bible study The Early Church: Acts 1-12 (JesusWalk Publications, 2021). I used a Sharpie permanent marker (fine and regular points) to outline the panes of "stained glass." Part of my 31 Paintings in July Challenge. 210723. Watercolor and ink, 10" x 12".
In June 2018 I spent part of a day around Lily Lake, above Fall Leaf Lake in the south Tahoe area. Beside the trail I found this beautiful Red Columbine (Aquilegia formosa). below the columbine is the grain head of a local grass. This painting brings back memories of that peaceful day. Part of my 31 Paintings in July Challenge. 210721. Watercolor, 8" x 8".
In June 2018 I spent part of a day around Lily Lake, above Fall Leaf Lake in the south Tahoe area. Beside the trail I found this beautiful Scarlet Gilia ("Skyrocket"; Ipomopsis aggregata), also known as Scarlet Trumpet. So beautiful! So dramatic! So colorful! Part of my 31 Paintings in July Challenge. 210725. Watercolor, 10" x 10".
Katie Peterson is a lead vocalist and an accomplished fiddle player with the family bluegrass band The Petersens. They play regularly in Branson, Missouri, and have posted many music videos on their YouTube channel. I especially enjoy Katie's smile that lights up her whole face. 210820. Watercolor, 10" x 10".
Ralph F. Wilson Watercolors
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