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Here are some of my more recent watercolors.
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What interested me originally was the Umbrella Thorn Acacia trees seen in the distance. I saw some of their acacia cousins in Kenya, and consider this tree the iconic tree shape of the savannas of Africa. My resource materials combined a couple of photos. Pictured is a family of the Masai Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) which populates central and southern Kenya as well as Tanzania. Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at 19,452 ft., looms in the distance. It is an extinct volcano. 181201. Watercolor, 20" x 14".
I got interested in turtles when reading a book on turtles to Evangeline a couple of weeks before Christmas. The Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta) is the most widespread native turtle in North America. Of the four subspecies, the Western Painted Turtle (C. p. bellili) is the most colorful, with a bright yellow and red pattern on its bottom shell or plastron. Its upper shell or carapace, on the other hand, is pretty dull. The Western Painted Turtle occurs primarily from Kansas and Missouri north to southern Canada, west of the Mississippi, and across Montana and Idaho into Washington and Oregon.
This painting depicts the turtle, a cold-blooded animal, emerging from a lake to bask in the sun to warm its body for several hours before foraging. It may repeat this behavior two or three more times in the day. 181220. Watercolor, 14" x 10".
On New Year's Day at 9 am, the Christmas Poinsettia in my mother-in-law's living room window was aglow with light, with the beautiful leaves back-lit. I couldn't help but try to paint it. I'm using a stained glass window motif, to see how that might work with this subject. The brilliant red-orange I used was W&N Scarlet Lake, along with reds Quinacridone Red, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, and some Daniel Smith Bordeaux. 190109. Watercolor and ink, 14" x 10". Great for cards during the Christmas season.
Here's another pen-and-ink with watercolor. I spotted this wildflower on Oak Knoll Lane near Cramer Rd. outside of Auburn and just had to paint it. I love the intricacy of the umbel of blue to blue-violet flowers. A slightly different variety flowers on our property in June. 190526. Watercolor and ink. 12" x 9". Great for cards and prints.
I've been interested lately with combining pen-and-ink with watercolor. Here's a beautiful yellow-red rose from Jean's garden. 190526. Watercolor and ink. 12" x 9". Would make beautiful cards. Prints and cards available.
We usually don't look at cherry blossoms up close, but when you do, you find a flower bursting with stamens and a pistil, with all their attendant shadows. I had fun painting this one. This painting was accepted for the jurored WASH Open Show, "Go with the Flow," September 3-29, 2019 at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center. 190427. Watercolor. 20" x 14". It would make an interesting card or print.
As Jean's apricots ripened, I thought his apricot, nestled among the leaves might be fun to paint. It's almost abstract. I love the dark patches and the orb of apricot-orange! This painting was accepted for the jurored WASH Open Show, "Go with the Flow," September 3-29, 2019 at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center. 190706. Prints are available. Watercolor and ink. 8" x 8."
Ralph F. Wilson Watercolors
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