Friday, November 30, 2012

"Li'l Chicks"

"Li'l Chicks"
Watercolor, 9" x 11" on Arches 140 lb. CP--NFS
by Chris VanderHart
November 28, 2012

A fun study of chicks
using wet-on-wet watercolor

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Small Winter Watercolors

"Northern Birches"

"Winter Hush"

"Aspens and Pines"


"Mood Indigo"
Thinking ahead to my favorite season,
and trying out various watercolor
techniques to express the hushed beauty
of nature in Michigan and Utah.

Each:   5 1/2" x 7  1/2 "
               on Arches 140 lb. HP
               by Chris VanderHart

Monday, September 17, 2012

by Chris VanderHart
Ink Drawing with Watercolor sticks & Watercolor Pencil
8"x10"   On Strathmore Paper
September 17, 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Horses in Motion

As a child, starting about 3rd grade, drawing horses was my passion.  A recent visit to Mackinac Island, MI rekindled this passion.  Mackinac is a magical place: motorized vehicles
are prohibited; horses do the work.  So amazing to see the beauty and power of these lovely animals.
"Dirt Bath"
by Chris VanderHart
Ink & Prismacolor Pencil Drawing
8"x10" on Strathmore Drawing paper
September 16, 2012

"Cherry Street Market"

"Cherry Street Market"
by Chris VanderHart
Watercolor, 10" x 15", Arches 140 lb. Hot Press
September 2012

Sunday, September 9, 2012

"Mackinac Stablemates"
Drawing, Graphite & Ink, 7" x 10" Strathmore Paper
September 2012

Saturday, September 8, 2012

"Cedar Root"
Ink Drawing , 6" x 9" on Arches 140 lb HP
September, 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012

Stable Studies, Mackinac Island, MI
Ink and Watercolor Sticks, Arches 140 lb HP
September 2012

"Tucked Away"
Watercolor, 8" x 12" Arches 140 lb. CP
Mackinac Island, MI,  September 2012

Watercolor, 8" x 12" Arches 140 lb CP
Mackinac Island, MI; September 2012

Grand Hotel Stable Studies, Ink & Watercolor Sticks
Mackinac Island, MI,  September 2012

View of St.Anne's
Mackinac Island, MI
Mixed Media, 5" x 7" Arches CP
September 2012
"Above St Anne's"
Watercolor, 11" x 16" Arches 140 lb HP
September, 2012

"Garden Quick Study"
Ink & Watercolor, 9"x 11" Arches 140 lb HP
August 2012

"Koi Garden"
Watercolor, 9" x 11" Arches 140 lb HP
August, 2012

"Blue Heron"
Watercolor, 11"x 14" Arches 140 lb. HP
August 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


                                                                 by Chris VanderHart
                                               Watercolor & Ink, 11" x 14", on Arches 140 lb. HP

    It was an overcast Up North day; I was returning from a plein air outing, and decided to
take an alternate route through some small towns.  Spotted this old building, and this
monochromatic sketch / Ink drawing developed.  Nice way to spend an afternoon!

Spitting Llama

                                                                 " Spitting Llama"
                                                               by Chris VanderHart
                                                  Pencil 6" x 9" on Arches 140 lb. Hot Press  
        A beautiful day for a bit of outdoor work.  Had planned to make a painting, but
the wind and terrain limited the media, so I settled for a drawing.  Papa Llama was not
happy with the presence of humans, even though we were across the road and quiet. He kept an aggressive posture and displayed his feelings with hissing and spitting, until he became bored and wandered into a shady out building to rest.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Courting Extinction

                                                                 "Courting Extinction"
                                                                 by Chris VanderHart
                                                     Watercolor, 6" x 9" on Arches 140 lb. Hot Press

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Easy Chair

                                                                      Easy Chair
                                                            Watercolor & Ink,  9" x 14"
                                                         on Arches 140 lb. Hot Press

This one comes straight from my heart and soul!  As a child, all I did was draw horses, write horse stories, create illustrated books about horses, played with toy horses, and generally lived in a cowboy / english riding fantasy world.  Subject is Ward, the wrangler /
owner of the riding stable at Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson, WY.  Had the best trail ride of my life there recently.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Apricot Hemerocallis

                                                         Apricot Hemerocallis
                                                            Watercolor, 6" x 9"
                                                     on Arches 140 lb. Cold Press

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Aquilegia coerulea

                                                             "Aquilegia coerulea"
                                                             by Chris VanderHart
                                                               Watercolor & Ink
                                                            6"x10" Arches 300 lb WP--SOLD

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Grand Winter Sunrise

                                                            A Grand Winter Sunrise
                                                               by Chris VanderHart
                                                          Watercolor and Pencil 11" x 14"
                                                             Arches 300lb  Hot Press

Monday, July 9, 2012

Cedar River

                                                                       Cedar River
                                                      Watercolor & Ink Sketch, July 8, 2012
                                                              by Chris VanderHart
                                                       10" x 16" on Arches 140 lb Hot Press

Friday, July 6, 2012


Watercolor and Ink
by Chris VanderHart
July, 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

Sketching at F. M. Gardens

                                                         Watercolor and Ink Sketch
                                                               by Chris VanderHart
                                                                    June 18, 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

at the Dam
Watercolor & Ink
by Chris VanderHart

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Here is the very first sketch published on the brand new Rockford Sketchers site. Flowers in the summer sun in Chris' back yard in Rockford, MI. Soon it will soon be joined by many others.