Watercolor of the day ~ Lady of the House Lore

Lady of the House Lore #1 ~ Watercolor by John Klobucher

Hello friends and art fans! Here’s a little Art of Lore

This Post-Impressionistic portrait depicts my sainted grandmother, Sadie Jones, seated serenely in a very Van Gogh style scene. A lady of lore she surely was!

Title: Lady of the House Lore
Painted: November 1990
Paints: Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colours
Paper: Arches Watercolor Block, cold pressed, 140lb 12″x16″

To shop for prints and other products featuring your favorite Art of Lore images, visit John Klobucher’s galleries on Fine Art America (aka Pixels) — john-klobucher.pixels.com

And for Words of Lore, go to LoreOfTheUnderlings.com

May the Lore be with you!

Watercolor of the day ~ Tahitian Morning Lore

Tahitian Morning Lore #1 ~ Watercolor by John Klobucher

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I’d been looking at a collection of Tahitian paintings by Paul Gauguin when I put brush to paper one morning and imagined this seaside scene. But its statuesque female figure is more abstracted (without defined facial features) in the style of Post-Impressionist Maurice Prendergast, one of the great American watercolorists of the last century and a favorite of mine.

A tip ‘o the cap to two inspirational artists!

Title: Tahitian Morning Lore
Painted: November 1990
Paints: Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colours
Paper: Arches Watercolor Block, cold pressed, 140lb 12″x16″

To shop for prints and other products featuring your favorite Art of Lore images, visit John Klobucher’s galleries on Fine Art America (aka Pixels) — john-klobucher.pixels.com

And for Words of Lore, go to LoreOfTheUnderlings.com

May the Lore be with you!

Watercolor of the day ~ Men of Malta Lore

Men of Malta Lore #1 ~ Watercolor by John Klobucher

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This is a study I once did, based on a photo from National Geographic, of a street scene on the island of Malta (presumably the place where they make Maltese Falcons). A group of men are gathered in the shade along an old stone wall, watching a game of bocce in the road. It’s an impressionistic take, but I hope I captured the spirit of these five spectators and their afternoon siesta.

Title: Men of Malta Lore
Painted: May 1989
Media: Watercolors on paper

To shop for prints and other products featuring your favorite Art of Lore images, visit John Klobucher’s galleries on Fine Art America (aka Pixels) — john-klobucher.pixels.com

And for Words of Lore, go to LoreOfTheUnderlings.com

May the Lore be with you!

Watercolor of the day ~ Hidden Islands Lore

Hidden Islands Lore #1 ~ Watercolor by John Klobucher

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I envisioned this alien dreamscape as a Jedi kind of place, with its lush green mountains hiding a deep crater lake and temple islands built upon it a long, long time ago. Imagine the lore this land could tell. Is that a lightsaber’s hum I hear?

Title: Hidden Islands Lore
Painted: July 2019
Paints: Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colours
Paper: Arches Watercolor Block, cold pressed, 140lb 9″x12″

To shop for prints and other products featuring your favorite Art of Lore images, visit John Klobucher’s galleries on Fine Art America (aka Pixels) — john-klobucher.pixels.com

And for Words of Lore, go to LoreOfTheUnderlings.com

May the Lore be with you!

Watercolor of the day ~ Big Sky Lore

Big Sky Lore #1 ~ Watercolor by John Klobucher

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This watercolor is loosely based on a big sky scene I once found on the outskirts of Yosemite National Park in eastern California. It’s a simple composition of a place dwarfed by the blue above. But I think those little white clouds steal the show.

Stylistically, my inspiration for this one came from the New Deal landscapes of the 1930’s — particularly the oil painting Valley Farms by Ross Dickinson, which you can see at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC. It’s plain American and a personal favorite.

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

To shop for prints and other products featuring your favorite Art of Lore images, visit John Klobucher’s galleries on Fine Art America (aka Pixels) — john-klobucher.pixels.com

And for Words of Lore, go to LoreOfTheUnderlings.com

May the Lore be with you!

Watercolor of the day ~ Golden Gate Lore

Golden Gate Lore #1 ~ Watercolor by John Klobucher

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I’ve been thinking about starting to work in a more abstract style and this Golden Gate Bridge scene is a small step in that direction. It’s the second time I’ve painted this famous view, looking south across the bay toward San Francisco. In this fresh take, I was going for a fluid, slightly twisted feel with vibrant colors and lots of texture.

It was a fun little exercise. I hope you like this new direction!

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

To shop for prints and other products featuring your favorite Art of Lore images, visit John Klobucher’s galleries on Fine Art America (aka Pixels) — john-klobucher.pixels.com

And for Words of Lore, go to LoreOfTheUnderlings.com

May the Lore be with you!

Watercolor of the day ~ Lost Mountain Lore

Lost Mountain Lore #1 ~ Watercolor by John Klobucher

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Nearly thirty years ago I spent some time in Seattle, Washington where I painted this impressionistic watercolor of majestic Mount Rainier. When I returned to Boston, I gave the piece to my painting mentor — my dear friend Mary — who displayed it in her home for three decades until she called one summer Saturday morning. She was dying and wanted me to have it back, so it wouldn’t get lost in the inevitable chaos.

We visted that very afternoon and said our goodbyes over stale graham crackers and warm bottled water. And I reluctantly took the painting with me. Mary was gone just three weeks later.

I now present it to you in her memory and the memory of her kind husband Juan. A monument to two lives of lore.

Title: Lost Mountain Lore
Painted: June 1990
Paints: Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colours
Paper: Arches Watercolor Block, cold pressed, 140lb 10″x14″

To shop for prints and other products featuring your favorite Art of Lore images, visit John Klobucher’s galleries on Fine Art America (aka Pixels) — john-klobucher.pixels.com

And for Words of Lore, go to LoreOfTheUnderlings.com

May the Lore be with you!

Watercolor of the day ~ 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″

To shop for prints and other products featuring your favorite Art of Lore images, visit John Klobucher’s galleries on Fine Art America (aka Pixels) — john-klobucher.pixels.com

And for Words of Lore, go to LoreOfTheUnderlings.com

May the Lore be with you!

Sketch of the day ~ 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 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

To shop for prints and other products featuring your favorite Art of Lore images, visit John Klobucher’s galleries on Fine Art America (aka Pixels) — john-klobucher.pixels.com

And for Words of Lore, go to LoreOfTheUnderlings.com

May the Lore be with you!

Watercolor of the day ~ 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 on a recent summer visit.

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

To shop for prints and other products featuring your favorite Art of Lore images, visit John Klobucher’s galleries on Fine Art America (aka Pixels) — john-klobucher.pixels.com

And for Words of Lore, go to LoreOfTheUnderlings.com

May the Lore be with you!