New watercolor ~ Door to the Lore #2

Door to the Lore #2 ~ Watercolor by John Klobucher

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It’s another mysterious door from the World of Lore — this one set by a blue-green sea. Judging by the fallen columns, these ruins were abandoned ages ago by some lost civilization and its forgotten folk. And yet… would you dare to climb the stair and test the portal sleeping there?

Title: Door to the Lore #2
Painted: September 2017
Paints: Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colours
Paper: Arches Watercolor Block, hot pressed, 140lb 9″x12″

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New watercolor ~ Door to the Lore #1

Door to the Lore #1 ~ Watercolor by John Klobucher

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This surreal landscape had two sources of inspiration. The first was the ruins of an ancient stone doorway that I once photographed while visiting the Alsace region of France. The second, naturally, was the timeless time portal from the classic Star Trek episode “City on the Edge of Forever”.

Of course, this passage is not likely to lead to a Depression-era soup kitchen run by Joan Collins where James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock desperately race to fix a timeline broken by accidentally over-medicated Dr. McCoy. No — mine is the door to a stranger Lore.

Title: Door to the Lore #1
Painted: September 2017
Paints: Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colours
Paper: Arches Watercolor Block, cold pressed, 140lb 9″x12″

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New watercolor ~ Burro Lore

Burro Lore #1 ~ Watercolor by John Klobucher

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Many years ago on an epic quest, I came across this friendly donkey in the Black Hills of South Dakota, not far from Mount Rushmore. But in this painting, she’s made her way a thousand miles southwest to the edge of a Utah canyon where she seems right at home on a narrow trail in the morning sun. Anyone want a ride? Hop on!

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

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New watercolor ~ Mohican Lore

Mohican Lore #1 ~ Watercolor by John Klobucher

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This watercolor began with a visit to the shores of idyllic Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, New York — home of 19th century author James Fenimore Cooper (and the Baseball Hall of Fame, of course). The view north from the lake’s southern end is epic, a romantic distant vista worthy of a scene in The Last of the Mohicans or one of Cooper’s other classic novels.

To help evoke that romance on paper, I reversed some of the painting’s colors, particularly blue and orange, with the hope of creating an aura of someplace lost in the mists of time. Is that Hawkeye and Uncas I spy out there?

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

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New watercolor ~ Martha’s House of Lore

Martha's House of Lore #1 ~ Watercolor by John Klobucher

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This is the watercolor I painted based on my recent sketch of an early Mount Vernon, the great estate of General and Mrs. Washington on the hilly green banks of the wide Potomac. But in contrast to the black and white boldness of that blueprint, I chose to color the painting with a gentle palette, something a little more Martha than George. After all, who do you think really ran the house?!

Title: Martha’s House of Lore
Painted: July 2017
Paints: Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colours
Paper: Arches Watercolor Block, cold pressed, 140lb 9″x12″

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New sketch ~ House of Lore

House of Lore #1 ~ Sketch by John Klobucher

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I made this spartan sketch in preparation for a watercolor painting of General Washington’s legendary home at Mount Vernon, Virginia. It reflects an earlier phase of the mansion’s history, circa 1770, prior to the construction of the adjoining colonnades and circular forecourt that you’d see on a visit there today.

I love the bold beauty of the building’s neoclassical design — a style known as Palladian after the influential Italian architect Andrea Palladio. Those elements are especially plain to see in such a simple blueprint as this.

Title: House of Lore
Sketched: July 2017
Medium: Pencil on paper

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New watercolor ~ Sun Canyon Lore

Sun Canyon Lore #1 ~ Watercolor by John Klobucher

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You may recognize the abstract, cacti-like “trees of lore” featured in this painting. I invented them over 25 years ago and have used their handy shapes in numerous scenes ever since — although never in all red before. Here they appear against a verdant canyon wall, creating a vibrant contrast of complementary (or opposite) colors that I learned from studying the still-stunning works of Vincent van Gogh.

I hope you enjoy this sunny Southwestern day!

Title: Sun Canyon Lore
Painted: July 2017
Paints: Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colours
Paper: Arches Watercolor Block, rough, 140lb 12″x16″

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New watercolor ~ Seven Hill Lore

Seven Hill Lore #1 ~ Watercolor by John Klobucher

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I was thinking about contour maps when I dreamed up this one — a Seuss-like scene of fanciful foothills and colorful cacti set in the distant future, or ancient past, of an imagined Arizona. But those four-layer shapes took on a life of their own once I put them down on paper. Sometimes I see seven green islands on a ruddy sea. Or a bumper car race. Even a maze.

Who knows what you’ll find in “them thar hills”?!

Title: Seven Hill Lore
Painted: June 2017
Paints: Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colours
Paper: Arches Watercolor Block, rough, 140lb 12″x16″

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New watercolor ~ Night Skye Lore

Night Skye Lore #1 ~ Watercolor by John Klobucher

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Scotland’s Isle of Skye is a place of wonder and lore — especially at night. Imagine the bedtime tales you’d hear in this classic cottage, curled up by the warm, glowing peat fire as cold shadows dance in the moonlight outside.

That’s not just smoke in the air. It’s magic.

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

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