Rest in the Clouds

I’m always thinking about how to portray abstract figures that tell stories. I continually think of Paul Klee’s work and try to imagine placing rounded heads with geometric features; angular, querying block heads among tweeting birds; or stick figures in some kind of Rube Goldberg invention, in a variegated, muted, textured background.

Of course I wish to include my own iconography in this visual narrative. My study below is an example of one of my thoughts in this vein.

Watercolor: Abstract - Rest in the Clouds 101917

Rest in the Clouds
12″x9″ 140# Rough Watercolor Block

The two converging lines covering the yellow tint represent the reclining head of my brother Mike*. The lines that bound the red area depict his hand. He likes to keep his hand there for some reason.

Here is a photograph of Mike showing this gesture.

Picture of Mike with teary eyes


*Mike is my older brother who is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. I have never been able to communicate with him. See my earlier (2013) posts for abundant details about him.

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