New watercolor ~ 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″

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New watercolor ~ 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″

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Rediscovered watercolor ~ 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: 1990 (photo remastered February 2018)
Paints: Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colours
Paper: Arches Watercolor Block, cold pressed, 140lb 10″x14″

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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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