New watercolor ~ Provence Parlor Lore

Provence Parlor Lore #1 ~ Watercolor by John Klobucher

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I painted this watercolor in the style of Van Gogh, imagining a rooming house parlor in Arles, Provence circa 1890. It even includes miniature replicas of two Van Gogh masterpieces on the wall — a mountain landscape and a very blue self-portrait, both from 1889.

His works will always be fresh and exciting to me. I hope I did him justice.

Title: Provence Parlor Lore
Painted: February 2018
Paints: Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colours
Paper: Arches Watercolor Block, cold pressed, 140lb 9″x12″

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New sketch ~ Provence Parlor Lore

Provence Parlor Lore #1 ~ Sketch by John Klobucher

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This sketch had two sources of inspiration. The first was a photograph of a dark-gray tabby cat named Mercury recently taken by my friend Jackie in her angular apartment. The other was Vincent Van Gogh’s famous painting of his bedroom at Arles in 1888.

I’m a big fan of Van Gogh (and cats too of course), so I’m eager to see how this imagined parlor from 19th century Provence translates into a watercolor. Stay tuned!

Title: Provence Parlor Lore
Sketched: February 2018
Medium: Pencil on paper

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New watercolor ~ Saratoga Farmhouse Lore

Saratoga Farmhouse Lore #1 ~ Watercolor by John Klobucher

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Farmer John Neilson and his wife Lydia built this iconic red house around 1775, just two years before the Battles of Saratoga would immortalize these Hudson Valley hills and change the course of the American Revolutionary War. The looming conflict drove the couple from their home, sending Lydia to stay with nearby relatives while John joined the fight against the British. The farmhouse did its part as well, serving as headquarters for several American officers including General Enoch Poor and none other than General Benedict Arnold (pre-treason).

Note that I exercised artistic license with a few small details of the structure — particularly the number of panes in each window — but it’s largely faithful to the landmark I saw last summer.

Title: Saratoga Farmhouse Lore
Painted: January 2018
Paints: Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colours
Paper: Arches Watercolor Block, cold pressed, 140lb 9″x12″

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New sketch ~ Saratoga Farmhouse Lore

Saratoga Farmhouse Lore #1 ~ Sketch by John Klobucher

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This is a sketch of the John Neilson Farmhouse from the Saratoga National Historical Park, site of two tide-turning battles of the Revolutionary War in 1777. The American forces occupied this building and the ridge on which it sits, giving them a key advantage over the advancing British troops. I visited 240 years later on a peaceful summer day — with just a faint echo of musket fire.

Title: Saratoga Farmhouse Lore
Sketched: January 2018
Medium: Pencil on paper

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New watercolor ~ Cliffs of Moher Lore

Cliffs of Moher Lore #1 ~ Watercolor by John Klobucher

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My daughter Mia visited Ireland recently and sent along some photos from the dramatic Cliffs of Moher on the coast of County Clare. Mia has a good eye for composition, so I couldn’t resist painting a watercolor based on one of them — a view north toward O’Brien’s Tower and the great sea stack named Branaunmore.

If this scene looks familiar to you, it may be from one of the many movies that have featured these cliffs, including Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. It’s hard to picture a more magical place!

Title: Cliffs of Moher Lore
Painted: January 2018
Paints: Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colours
Paper: Arches Watercolor Block, cold pressed, 140lb 10″x14″

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New watercolor ~ Wall of Lore

Wall of Lore #1 ~ Watercolor by John Klobucher

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This is another view of the famous Wukoki Pueblo ruins that I’ve painted before (from the Wupatki National Monument near Flagstaff, Arizona). It features a tall sandstone wall with small window holes that keep watch over the sacred land and eye the tourists who come to visit.

For a thousand years this wall has stood here. I hope that it stands for a thousand more.

Title: Wall of Lore
Painted: December 2017
Paints: Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colours
Paper: Arches Watercolor Block, cold pressed, 140lb 9″x12″

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New watercolor ~ Gray Land Lore

Gray Land Lore #1 ~ Watercolor by John Klobucher

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Vaam could barely believe her eyes. She’d heard all about the Gray Land by now, but those legends and songs did not do it justice. She paused to survey its colorlessness.

“Beautiful, isn’t it — in a way. But ghastly as well. A shadowed place.”

Her guard nodded. “Yes, ma’am. We best keep our distance.”

“There’s no time for that. We must pass through.”

“At our peril…”

Vaam stopped him. “Afraid of ghosts, pikesman?”

He looked away.

“Maybe I should be too.”

Gray clouds gathered overhead. The dark lake echoed a mournful cry.

“For Syland!” she waved the men on. “Let’s ride!”

Title: Gray Land Lore
Painted: December 2017
Paints: Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colours
Paper: Arches Watercolor Block, cold pressed, 140lb 9″x12″

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New watercolor ~ Path of Lore

Path of Lore #1 ~ Watercolor by John Klobucher

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I once hiked this trail in the clouds. It was long ago on a trek to the snow-capped Olympic Mountains of Washington state, which rise just west and in view of Seattle. But now that I see this scene again, it could easily pass for someplace more mystical — a path of lore from a timeless epic.

Is that a Jedi temple ahead? Or the gateway to Rivendell, home of elves…

Title: Path of Lore
Painted: November 2017
Paints: Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colours
Paper: Arches Watercolor Block, cold pressed, 140lb 9″x12″

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Musical Lore ~ The Gypsy Jazz of Tomoko & 440

Red Flower ~ Photograph by John Klobucher

My violinist friend Tomoko Iwamoto and her gypsy jazz ensemble, 440, have just released an awesome album of the coolest music I’ve heard in a long time. Their CD is called “Why Why” and you’ve just got to get it!

If you aren’t familiar with gypsy jazz, it’s the nightclub music of 1930’s Paris pioneered by guitarist Jean “Django” Reinhardt and often featured in the films of Woody Allen. It’s a sound that’s easy to love.

Click here to hear some samples and to learn more about Tomoko & 440:
http://www.jazzyviolinist.com/440.html

You can buy “Why Why” here:
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/tomoko440gypsyjazz

I guarantee that this is music of lore!

New watercolor ~ Monterey Lore

Monterey Lore #1 ~ Watercolor by John Klobucher

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If you drive south for a couple of hours from San Francisco along California’s picturesque Pacific coast, you’ll find Monterey, the historic seaside stop made famous in John Steinbeck’s classic novel, Cannery Row. I was there not long ago and discovered this nostalgic scene — a makeshift fishing shack perched precariously over the bay’s blue waters. The shack’s corrugated steel walls and rusty roof harken back to those old sardine canning days when the folk here had rough hands and rougher manners.

If you listen real close, you might still hear ’em…

Title: Monterey Lore
Painted: November 2017
Paints: Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colours
Paper: Arches Watercolor Block, cold pressed, 140lb 10″x14″

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