Pink Bicycle

For some reason, I always like taking pictures of bicycles. Bicycles have symmetry; their styles change over the years, but the wheels stay the same. Backgrounds are equally, if not more important. Several things caught my eye in this scene. Is the bicycle rider really handicapped? The bicycle is pink (generally understood to be feminine), […]

Abstract Background 101816

I thought quite a bit about the role that chance plays in abstract painting. Surely some artists have mental image of what they would like to realize in paint. On the other hand, perhaps one paint stroke inspires the next, and so on.  As I mentioned yesterday, there are numerous accounts of artists gaining inspiration for their […]


Emergency Room again today.  Not sure how the shapes below relate to the visit, but this is my art at the end of the day. Here is my own word cloud for this study: body shapes, disproportionate, disconnected, big head, keeping it together, tension, relaxed, empty, full, what is wrong. After cropping this image in Photoshop, […]

#3 Burbank Abstract

Today’s watercolor experiment: It started as a sunset. I took a photograph of one of those wonderful pink, orange and dark blue cloud sunsets the other day as part of my ‘cloud bank’ series of photos. I thought I would paint a beautiful sunset today. Somehow the essence of cloudiness did not make its way […]

Sidewalk Leaf

Today’s watercolor experiment: I decided to continue following the advice of Leonardo DaVinci who said, “Those who are in love with practice without knowledge are like the sailor who gets into a ship without rudder or compass and who never can be certain [where] he is going. …”  Yesterday the goal of my practice was to ‘glisten’. The subject […]

Leaves in the Rain

Today’s watercolor experiment: I love to take photographs of objects that catch my eye, as I mentioned the other day. However, sometimes I can’t resist an entire scene, uniformly lit. It’s been rainy and overcast here for the past few days. Overcast light is wonderful, as it seems to come from everywhere.  Today’s photograph is […]

Fallen Fig Leaf

Today’s watercolor experiment: Yesterday’s post was a rendition of a grouping of fig leaves in situ on the fig tree in our back yard. I was attracted by the fall colors and shadows. I left the composition without unifying the disparate shapes of the different color/shading values, leaving a rather abstract collection of forms. Today, […]


Yesterday’s watercolor experiment was about glazing and blending of colors. Liz and Chez liked it the way it was, and I like it for what it is as well. I will keep it as is for now. As a rule, it is good to ‘live with’ a painting for a while before deciding how to […]