2014 colorado plein air arts fest

These five watercolor paintings were accepted into this year’s Colorado Plein Air Arts Fest juried show. I painted them this summer/fall in the front range foot hills near Golden CO. Each painting was completed 100% in the field.

“Churches Ranch” 8″ x 12″
"Through the Hog-Back" 9 1/2" x 13 1/2"
“Through the Hog-Back” 9 1/2″ x 13 1/2″
"Mesa Norte" 7 1/4" x 12 1/2"
“Mesa Norte” 7 1/4″ x 12 1/2″
"Front Range Foothills" 10 1/2" x 14"
“Front Range Foothills” 10 1/2″ x 14″
"The Fort" 7 1/4" x 10 1/2"
“The Fort” 7 1/4″ x 10 1/2″

The show will run from Nov. 18th through Dec. at the Denver Public Library in the 7th floor Vida Ellison Gallery.


time lapse study of a gladiola blossom

This is a time lapse video of me drawing a study of a gladiola blossom. Notice the initial rendering of the basic large shapes done  lightly with a 3B pencil and then the refinement of these shapes into smaller and more detailed shapes with a 2H pencil. I finished with the darkest detail switching back to the 3B pencil.



This is the subject.

drawing a study of an apple

This is a time laps video of my process for drawing a study of an apple. I start with a soft pencil establishing the proportions of the big shapes. Then I switch to a harder pencil to refine the contours. After lightly erasing the initial marks made with the softer pencil, I begin to indicate the light on form with the same harder pencil. Notice I start with a mid tone applied everywhere except in the area of the high light. I continue to develop the light on form switching to softer pencils as needed to establish the darker tones.

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By Randy Raak