Abstract From a Face

In getting reacquainted with watercolors, I have purposely avoided referring to other artists. When I first started painting with watercolors, I spent months looking at the art of artists whose work I loved; more months accumulating supplies, brushes, paper and paints; and even more time making test strips for each tube of paint I acquired. […]

Deja Vu?

I thought my self portrait with Mike* icon from yesterday (Self Portrait with Icon #2) was a novel idea. However, quite a while ago I represented Mike in exactly the same way in a different medium: photography. The context was different. I was experimenting with assuming Mike’s likeness after reading about Jo Spence‘s and Rosy Martin‘s approach to […]

Planes of Unreality

The stick figure in my composition below was inspired by Miró. On half of the paper, I incorporated my brother’s wandering eye and a freeze-frame of his hands, shown in positions where he typically held them. [Note: my older brother Michael is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal.] On the other half of the paper, divided by […]

This is not a Pipe or a Fountain

I’ve been thinking about my mother since her 90th birthday a week ago. I traveled back east to see her and many family members that I had not seen in many years. Everyone enjoyed the time together. Mom had a bad night my last night there. She didn’t seem well in the morning and and we […]

Abstract 012315

Today’s watercolor experiment: Those of you who have been following me for the past few days might be relieved to hear that today’s watercolor study is not about ladybugs or ladybirds. At least not consciously about them. I just made up a motto: “When in doubt, abstract it out.” Not very good English but it […]


It started with writing I found The Norton Sampler (Third Edition) from 1985, a collection of essays about writing, at my local library. It was in the section where they have books for sale. I am interested in improving my writing, so I bought it. This volume included additional material to explain the different types […]

Outsider Art

What is an outsider? What is an outsider? I suppose there are many definitions: one who is alone in a different culture; one who doesn’t speak the same language as those she is around; one who doesn’t understand what is going on around him. If I may be so bold, I suggest that everyone who […]