Today’s free form began as a pencil sketch. The colors are muted and variable because there are layers of pigments. At first, the colors were bold, some of them less so, depending the properties of the pigments themselves. For example, the earth tone pigments (warm sepia in particular) are subdued and absorb more light than […]


This composition started with a very quick sketch of a screen image of a movie I was watching. I used no more than 3 or 4 lines of my sketch as a guide to apply my paints. I also used a different range of colors than the dark earth tones, blues and reds of some […]

Bright Ribbon Abstract

Frequently. the lines in my free form designs intertwine. Sometimes I concentrate on the larger forms to which they contribute their areas. But today I painted between some of the twisting lines to create thin ribbons that thicken as they traverse the expanse of the paper. They seem to float in front of the earth […]

Free Form Experiment

Most of my free form designs are unpremeditated. That is I try not to have an idea of the outcome. Sometimes I do have goal from the beginning, sometimes I get an idea based on what I have already drawn. Today’s experiment was based on yesterday’s abstract. I liked the human form in that piece. […]

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My internet access is limited. Unable to post on time (:$$?&@?-$!! Comcast! Hope you check back later.  Update Below: I began the abstract below with a pencil form that I traced over with a fine point pen. Cross hatching was the next step. After that, I noticed one particular form that I painted with tan/pink […]

Imaginary Burl

I posted several sketches from a photograph of a very interesting tree I encountered during one of my walks (Texture Study, Bark and Texture, Burl Texture). Below is my rendition of a completely imaginary tree bark complete with burl. I’m thinking of enhancing this with some light watercolor washes.

The Deep

I had fun with this composition. It started as a free-form design but instead of coloring the bounded areas, I left most of them empty. I was inspired by Joan Miró’s work, especially his constellation series. I filled in some of the smaller shapes that were formed by overlapping lines. I looked for strange creatures […]

Black on White

I took inspiration for today’s watercolor from yesterday’s photo (Black on Black). The skeleton caught in my self constructed La Brea tar pit is something like a horse. I’m not sure what the white squiggly lines are. Probably they are ancient symbols, or poetry for a long gone sacred animal.

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Below is a free form study, executed with no prior conceptions of what the final result should represent. This type of work allows me to relax a bit and just concentrate on how the colors in adjacent areas should interact. In today’s study many areas of adjacent colors  are similar tone. Some areas however, abut […]