Thinking Up a Toast

They really weren’t. The bottle of water I drew looks more like a wine bottle. The two people, who were actually chatting look more like they are waiting for something to happen. The title works for the reality I created, not for the world of those two, at that moment. I can do this, since […]

Star Graffiti

Today’s watercolor experiment: In my wanderings around Manhattan in the 1990s I repeatedly came across a peculiar symbol, a five-pointed star. In today’s example this star was emblazoned on a warehouse door. It is the only non-text symbol present. The other adornments took the form of writing in white. My version of the door consisted […]

Corner Graffiti

Today’s watercolor experiment: The photograph for today’s watercolor experiment looks downright dusty. It is probably the underexposure and low contrast of the print. I am sure that the day I took that photograph, more than 20 years ago, the scene itself was well lit. I wanted to make the watercolor different from the photo. I […]

That’s What I’m Talking About

Today’s watercolor experiment: Yesterday I briefly talked a little bit about the difference between photography and painting, the way I see it. I take some photographs as reference, intended to be used as the basis of a painting, and others as photographs. My artwork used to be exclusively photography, back in the days of film. But […]

Rainbow Flower

A few weeks ago I took a picture of a red hibiscus flower on the short walk from the driveway to our front door. I always do that – take pictures of something that strikes my eye. Usually a brilliant color or subtle design attracts my attention. That day, I had an additional unexpected pleasure: lens […]

Once More, with Feeling

Today’s watercolor experiment: I took my own advice from yesterday, and stayed with a portrait of a single figure. The subject of today’s portrait is none other than my older brother Mike. For those of you who have been following my blog, Mike is autistic, low functioning and has never spoken. I have taken many photographs […]