Group 15: Old Experiments Not Yet Cataloged for Sale

Below is the fifteenth  group of watercolors that I painted for earlier posts in this blog. The paintings below are about gesture and hands, particularly as regards my low functioning, autistic and nonverbal brother, Mike. Please see the original posts for the back story and inspiration of each painting. Originally posted on February 23, 2014 (Tactile Communication). Mike often […]

Commission

We’re here in Burbank for a few days. I’m not in my normal painting environment, so it is as good a time as any to break out of my painting routine.  In my fog, I expressed the need for ideas to my wife and kids. They immediately supplied me with suggestions. Today’s watercolor experiment: I […]

Collaboration

Today’s watercolor experiment: Today I gave my grandson, Will a drawing lesson. Being 2.5 years old, it didn’t take long for him to loosen up. At first he just scribbled in one corner of the paper, but when I showed him how to draw a big circle, he took to it like a duck to […]

Group 14: Old Experiments Not Yet Cataloged for Sale

Below is the fourteenth  group of watercolors that I painted for earlier posts in this blog. The paintings below explore the visual aspect of the barrier between my low functioning, autistic and nonverbal brother. Please see the original posts for the back story and inspiration of each painting. Originally posted on January 13, 2014 (Sketching): Originally […]

Happier Times

I must take a break from the portraits of Mike, my older brother (All Feelings are OK, Abstract Portrait, Young Mike, In Transition, Final Transition, Final Portrait). Mike is autistic, low functioning and has never spoken. We grew up in the 1950s and 1960s, when autism was relatively unknown. Mike is now in a geriatric group […]

Group 13: Old Experiments Not Yet Cataloged for Sale

Below is the thirteenth  group of watercolors that I painted for earlier posts in this blog.  Please see the original posts for the back story and inspiration of each painting. Originally posted on December 18, 2013 (Last Rubber Image): Originally posted on December 19, 2013 (Just Draw a Line): Originally posted on December 21, 2013 (Barking […]

Group 12: Old Experiments Not Yet Cataloged for Sale

Below is the twelfth  group of watercolors that I painted for earlier posts in this blog.  Please see the original posts for the back story and inspiration of each painting. Originally posted on December 12, 2013 (Beginning of an Iconography):   Originally posted on December 17, 2013 (Another Experiment): Originally posted on December 16, 2013 (Meditation as Calibration): […]

Final Portrait

Today’s watercolor experiment: Sometimes I wish I painted with oils or acrylic. An ‘action’ painting loses a bit in the translation with watercolors.  Today I loaded a brush with red and drew a vigorous outline of a face – the final portrait of my brother Mike, for a while. Those of you unfamiliar with my […]

Group 11: Old Experiments for Sale

Below is the eleventh group of watercolors that I painted for earlier posts in this blog.  Please see the original posts for the back story and inspiration of each painting. Originally posted on September 20, 2014 (Abstract Habits): Originally posted on August 16, 2014 (Koi Polloi): Originally posted on September 24, 2015 (Abstract Triangles): Originally posted on October […]

Final Transition

Today’s watercolor experiment: The final portrait in the trilogy of my older brother is a rendering of his most notable features from the last time I saw him in his geriatric group home. Mike is autistic, severely low functioning and has never spoken. I have felt every emotion possible in my years trying to interact […]