Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait, Pensive Mood

I broke the routine today, and put on my photographer’s cap, to design the self portrait below. Placement of the image adds to the mood of the photograph, or in this case, the sketch.  The way I framed today’s self portrait gives the image a claustrophobic feeling.  This is a good way to convey the […]


Paul Klee, the famous Bauhaus Master stated that the duty of an artist is not to reproduce the visible but to “make visible”. I’ve always had the ambition to paint or draw the way I am feeling. I admire Klee’s work, so I hope this is what he had in mind. Today I was feeling tangled. […]

Back Pain

Today (meaning yesterday – I write my posts the day before and post schedule for 12 midnight) we drove to Burbank.  It is a 5 – 6 hour drive, but a straight shot down Interstate 5 (called ‘The 5’ by locals). In anticipation of this occasion, I painted my rendition of back pain. Actually, I […]

What’s That Feeling?

Did you ever have a time when you couldn’t identify a feeling?  With me, sometimes it manifests itself in being crabby to everyone. When I do have an unidentifiable feeling, I try to reason it out. I ask myself, “When was the last time you ate?” or “Did you get enough sleep last night?” Depending on […]

Part of a Face

Today’s watercolor experiment: I started today’s sketch with a wash of perinone orange. I proceeded, after drying, painting a Winsor red circular patch in the middle of the paper. The red did not extend all the way around. I painted the other side with orange and brightened the a small section to give a bulbous impression. What […]

Push Pull in Nature

I’ve been trying to apply the concept of ‘push pull’, a term coined by the abstract expressionist painter and teacher, Hans Hofmann, to my watercolor experiments. As explained by The Art Story website: “The Hofmann School taught the basic principles of ‘push/pull,’ which stressed the importance of applying and combining opposing forces in one’s art, whether these […]

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