Brush Corner

Brushes inhabit one part of the desk in my studio. I took the time to sketch the positions of my painting tools in their respective homes: an oatmeal tin, and a Jackson’s of Piccadilly tea tin.

Watercolor: Studio Desk, Brushes 081517

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I used pen and ink for details before and after applying the watercolors.

Lines into Action

Today, we were in the same neighborhood where I captured painted lines on the ground last month. Not the lines that indicate parking places but lines that seemed like directions of some sort. They were in code.

Photograph: Street Lines and Watercaps 07-20-17

Street Lines and Watercaps, from July 2017

Here is a shot of the people who know the code and are building/installing to the proper specifications.

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Lines to Action

Y.B. Visit

My younger brother is visiting us this week. It is really good to see him. We’ve been talking up a storm about music, performance and visual arts. Dave is a pianist. He’s given me insight about expression within the constraint of the page of written music that, in the case of some pieces, has been played through the century by thousands of musicians.

We talked about the similarities between visual arts and music. He wondered if there was a visual equivalent to the musical ‘octave’.  Are multiples of the frequency of green (400 nanometers), for example analogous to multiples of the note ‘A’ (440 Hz; 78.41 centimeters).  I may have known this earlier in life, but I have forgotten much of the wave/particle duality, from physics; I’m not sure that light behaves in precisely the same manner as sound. (It might be worthwhile looking that up again.)

Dave demonstrated some of his theories by playing a number of pieces for me. I especially enjoyed those of Nicolai Caspistan.

I drew a quick sketch of Dave at the piano surrounded by the thoughts that he turned into music.

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Music Thoughts to Keyboard
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Craggy Lines

What would happen if an abstract expressionist had a job painting parking lot space indicators? S/he would have to stay inside the pattern (no thinking outside the box in that job). Perhaps applying thick paint, scraping off and re-applying would be one technique that could resist a supervisor’s frown, while being true to an expressionistic process.

Below is an example of such a creation.

Photograph: Street Lines, Craggy Paint 081517

Craggy Lines (Artist Unknown)



It is difficult to draw a free-form design without a preconceived image. I started the pattern below with just a couple of ideas in my mind: curves that open up to the edge of the page; wavy curves.

The raw pattern sketched in pencil enclosed many areas of varying size. However, for the most part, no one loop held more weight than another, until I started adding color. The tinting of one area suggested the tone for the adjacent area. Meta shapes (consisting of more than one of the penciled areas) began to develop.

Since one of my pre-sketching ideas was about waves, I noticed that some of the aggregation of shapes reminded me of sea creatures and submarines.

Watercolor: Abstract - Patchwork 081217

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This ‘free-form’ study contains patterns (note the Harlequinesque diamond shapes) but also has unintended representational imagery. Is it truly ‘free form’?

Painted Pavement

Below is another iteration in my series of pavement paintings (see Pavement Lines, Vertex, Another Vertex, More Street Art). My role in capturing this ‘found art’ is to crop, or frame, the image in a compelling manor. Contrasts in texture as well as shapes of painted and unpainted areas are some of the visual elements that make these photos interesting.

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Painted Pavement: L shape with Curve

Cactus Protection Scheme

I don’t know if it is too late to save my succulent (see Damn Squirrels). But I have an idea for how to protect the next one, should I choose to leave it outside with the devil squirrels that think it is a dispenser of snacks.

Below is my no-so-engineering-like visual description of my scheme.

Watercolor: Cacti Protecting a Succulent 081217

Succulent Protection Scheme
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Somehow, the composition (schematically, of course) reminds me of the painting, The Birth of Venus.

More Street Art

Those of you who have been following my recent series of found ‘street art’ know not to expecting murals or other graffiti masterpieces. On the contrary. I have been making art by way of framing portions of lines and blocks of paint used to delineate parking areas or lanes of traffic.

I’ve mentioned in my other posts (Vertex, Another Vertex, Pavement Lines, Chipped Pavement Painting, Bikon, Pre-Bikon Pavement Sign, Bikon and Self Portrait) that the texture of the paint and the pavement, especially with oblique lighting, attracts me. Framing of a photographic subject entails questions about framing: which parts of the subject to include?; which to exclude?; is the subject at the top of the frame?; the bottom?.  In the case of this series, I parse the subject so that its original purpose is not recognizable. I make up a geometric environment for the lines painted on the pavement and create ‘found art’.

Photograph: Street Photograph - Corner Line with Dotted Line Beginning 081317

Corner Line with Beginning of Dotted White Line

Stylized Squirrel-Eaten Succulent

I’m still annoyed at those squirrels who ate my succulent (see Damn Squirrels). I saw one standing right in the pot, munching nonchalantly. Fortunately (for him) I didn’t have a tennis ball within reach; he left when I rapped on the window.

The scrawny succulents had a very stable platform for those squirrel vermin. I elongated the flower pot in this stylized version of my suffering succulent to show how the squirrels could eat with impunity.

Watercolor: Squirrel-Eaten Succulent 081117

Squirrel-Eaten Succulent
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