Abstract 021220

This piece is characterized my high visual frequency (i,e,. wavy) lines. They remind me of wood screws driving through space. I began with short blue and yellow squiggles. Later in the process, the red lines began to dominate. Hansa yellow, a very orangey yellow really worked will with the reds on.  A more lemony yellow […]

Trumpet Busker Fantasy

I was at a stop light talking to my brother on the East Coast on the car phone, when I heard music. At first I thought it was some telephonic cross talk. That didn’t make sense, so I asked Dave if he heard it (he did), and was it something on his end of the […]

It Looked Better In My Mind

My watercolor wash  (More: No Power) was the first stage in an experiment I performed in my mind’s eye (not exactly a Gedanken experiment ala Einstein).  The idea was to float a neutral color on top of a colored field and set up a dissonance between foreground and background.  Hans Hofmann’s paintings were chock full of […]

Layers of Frustration

Brush strokes are sometimes guided by intellect, for example to methodically carry out a preconceived plan; sometimes, the intellect comes to bear by deciding subsequent brush strokes based on previous ones.  Today’s experiment was not based on thinking. The marks I made came from emotions. The blue layer, the first one, resulted from the strongest […]

Color Threads

I’m beginning to realize that I have a modus operandi in my approach to painting abstract watercolors. I start with a jumble of brush strokes.  I then see what the mess suggests. If nothing visual strikes my eye, I look at it intellectually. For example, I could use my mind’s eye to imagine complimentary colors […]


I began with long, gently curving yellow lines. Then I put down some short, staccato strokes in yellow and light blue (turquoise). Carmine red was a good choice for the emerging pastel palette. I turned an errant red drip into a starburst. Along with the comet-like trajectories of the yellow and red shapes, it inspired […]


I originally put down the long yellow strokes.I worked with pastel colors at first: turquoise, light carmine red and cadmium yellow. I noticed a subtle spiral. I put in darker red drips, some Hooker green and darker blue-green splatters, adding a layer of complexity. I used pen and ink to outline selected yellow shapes. To […]

Bleeding Edge

I began with quick  light blue streaks on the paper. More thoughtful, deliberate yellow strokes were next, suggesting an origin for the original blue strokes. I wasn’t sure where this was going, when a spot of cadmium red light dripped onto the paper. I liked its placement, an element that set up a balance point. […]

Abstract 013120

I like the overall pastel look to this experiment. The inner complexity is bracketed on each side, by two dark red shapes, the left one of which is interrupted by the edge of the paper. The turquoise blue wavy structures bracket the top and bottom of the picture. The inner figures are not overly intricate, […]