Sidewalk Leaf

Today’s watercolor experiment: I decided to continue following the advice of Leonardo DaVinci who said, “Those who are in love with practice without knowledge are like the sailor who gets into a ship without rudder or compass and who never can be certain [where] he is going. …”  Yesterday the goal of my practice was to ‘glisten’. The subject […]

Another Leaf

Observation I have been thinking about Paul Cézanne and his approach to art (Hajo Düchting, Cézanne, Nature into Art Taschen, 1999). Perhaps I am wrong, but I picture him wandering about Provence looking, not only at the vistas, but also at smaller objects of nature. He said, “This region is full of undiscovered treasures. There […]

Dam It

Today’s watercolor experiment: Something I said in yesterday’s post struck a chord with myself (oddly enough) and I thought I would put it into practice today: “The rubber could act like dams of color, potentially yielding drips of paint to a different color field below.”  I refer to the latex watercolor resist that I have […]

Abstract 121714

Today’s watercolor experiment: Process: I used my liquid latex to make a pattern of drips and streaks. Unlike yesterday‘s use of this liquid watercolor resist, I did not have any idea of what result I wanted. Below is a picture of the fully dried latex. (Yesterday, I did not have the patience to allow for […]

Abstract Fig Leaf

Having been an observer of leaves during the time of change from summer to autumn, I have included them as subjects in many of my recent watercolor studies (Leaves in the Rain, Fallen Fig Leaf, Fall Fig Leaves).  Now that they are mostly on the ground (the leaves, that is), I can either turn my […]

Happiness circa 1911

I like to tell the odd joke now and then. Many of my friends will confirm that they are indeed ‘odd’. I don’t they the are. Very.   As I was perusing my bookshelf earlier today I found a 10-volume set called The Wit and Humor of America that I bought at a flea market, years ago. It […]

Last Leaf

Before the torrential rains that stripped all the leaves from the trees in the back yard, I took a snap of the fig tree next door. Most of the leaves had already dropped off, but there were several left. Although the photograph doesn’t portray what I saw very well, I used it as a template for my watercolor […]

“Mathematician’s Apology” Part 2

The first line of his A Mathematician’s Apology, G.H. Hardy, world renown English mathematician of the late 19th, early 20th century, notes his state of mind at the time of writing as one of melancholy. This is understandable given his sentiment that ”[e]xposition, criticism, appreciation is work for second-rate minds.” Added to the fact that he was pursuing […]

“Mathematician’s Apology” Part 1

G.H. Hardy’s A Mathematician’s Apology Mathematics I must have read the back cover of A Mathematician’s Apology by G.H. Hardy, before I bought it. The notes included an endorsement by Graham Green, who “hailed it alongside Henry James’s notebooks ‘as the best account of what it is like to be a creative artist’.”  I have […]


My blog mission revisited: A word about the mission of my blog and the relevance of recent postings. My mission statement (found in the ‘About’ section) indicates that my blog is primarily about autism and its effect on me, the sibling of an individual with autism. For the first year or so, this was the […]