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A gallery of paintings

I think I'm a decent photographer. (I look better than I am, because I throw away 90% of my shots and only save the really good ones.) But painting or drawing takes a lot more time and patience, and I haven't often had that kind of patience.

Recently, however, I've been using some of my better photos as the basis for images that have much of the appeal of watercolor paintings. I can't claim to be a painter by any stretch of the imagination, but I like these images... and I've always believed that in art, it doesn't matter how you made the image—all that matters is the result.

I've accumulated enough of these digital paintings that I thought it would be fun to put them on display, so here's my gallery of would-be watercolors. I hope you enjoy it!

Locomotive #489 C&TSRR
Locomotive #489 on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Last summer I had a great time riding the C&T narrow-gauge railroad from Chama, NM to Antonito, CO. You can read all about it in my two-part series "Ticket to Ride."

This caboose doesn't belong to the C&T, but it's so bright and cheerful looking that I couldn't resist including it here.

Red caboose, Columbus, NM
Red caboose, Columbus, NM

My cat Marie died in 2006, but I still miss her.

Marie
Marie

From the domestic to the exotic...

Giraffe
Giraffe

The giraffe is a real live one, but the rhino is a bronze statue that I found on a street corner in Wyoming. What was he doing there? Who knows? Trying to escape poachers, perhaps.

Rhinocerus
Rhinoceros

Watson Lake, near Prescott, Arizona, is a great place to kayak because it has such an interesting shoreline.

Kayaks at Watson Lake
Kayaks at Watson Lake, AZ

This wandering stream in Villanueva, New Mexico looked so cool and refreshing....

Wandering stream
Wandering stream, Villanueva, NM

...quite a contrast to the majestic Colorado National Monument.

Colorado National Monument
Colorado National Monument

Late spring in the Chihuahuan desert brings a profusion of cactus flowers.

Cactus flower
Cactus flower, Pancho Villa State Park, NM
Cactus flowers
Cactus flowers, Pancho Villa State Park, NM

Bisbee's Shady Dell Trailer Park is tiny, but boasts some of the most meticulously restored antique RVs in the world... and delicious eats at Dot's Diner!

"Canned ham" trailer
Serro Scotty "canned ham" trailer, Shady Dell Trailer Park, Bisbee, AZ
Dot's Diner
Dot's Diner, Shady Dell Trailer Park, Bisbee, AZ
Club sandwich and vanilla shake
Club sandwich and vanilla shake, Dot's Diner, Shady Dell Trailer Park, Bisbee, NM

This classic yellow taxicab is parked in front of the diner.

Yellow cab
Yellow cab, Shady Dell Trailer Park, Bisbee, AZ

I worked here for sixteen years. The grounds were always lovely, but fall was the best.

ETS driveway
Educational Testing Service driveway, Lawrenceville, NJ
Maple in fall
Maple in fall, Lawrenceville, NJ

I photographed this kestrel at the Arizona-Sonora Desert museum near Tucson. What a great place!

Kestrel
Kestrel, Tucson, AZ

This scaly fellow didn't belong to me, but I took care of him for awhile back in the Seventies. He was the only reptile I ever met who had what could be called a personality.

Iguana
Iguana

These tiny chipmunks were scampering all over the place when I stayed up on Colorado's Grand Mesa.

Least chipmunk
Least chipmunk (Neotamias minimus)

On the other hand, winter comes early at 10,000 feet on the Mesa, as I and my friends discovered!

Snow on the Mesa
Snow on the Mesa

If you want to see odd rocks, the Jumbo Rocks campground at Joshua Tree National Monument in southern California is the place to go.

Rock sphere
Rock sphere, Joshua Tree National Monument, CA
Tent Rocks, NM
Tent rocks, Joshua Tree National Monument, CA

This female moose (or moosess, if you prefer) was munching away on willows at Deer Lakes, Colorado.

Moose
Moose, Deer Lakes, CO

Looking down on the world from 14,000 feet, this mountain goat is right at home.

Mountain goat
Mountain goat, Mt. Evans, CO
Wild horses
Wild Horses, Bluewater Lake, NM

And yes, once in awhile I tackle the toughest subject of all: people.

Kate Klein
Kate Klein
Andy with Les Paul ukulele
Andy with Les Paul ukulele

Hope you enjoyed the tour! Thanks for coming, and be sure to pick up a copy of the catalog on your way out.

About the paintings

A few people have asked for details about how I created these images. As mentioned above, I started with my own photos, and then applied some processing with an iPad/iPhone app called Waterlogue. In most cases I created several versions of a photo, using various settings in the Waterlogue app to emphasize detail or color. Then I stacked the multiple images in Photoshop CS6 and combined selected portions to bring out the effects I wanted. Hand rework followed: cleaning up processing artifacts and adjusting local color and contrast. (I use a Wacom graphics tablet with pressure-sensitive stylus for this kind of work; it gives me much better control than a mouse.)


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