Mike-Related Watercolor: Lines of Communication (?) (2016)

For those who have not been following my blog, Mike is my older brother. He is autistic, nonverbal and low functioning. Only once did I have an inkling that he recognized me. Gaining his attention was an effort. I used to love patting him on the chest.

Mike’s Eyes, Now Closed

Mike is still with us or, (more accurately) with himself. Mike is my older autistic brother, who is autistic and low functioning. During most of his life he was inwardly directed, although he would take your hand sometimes, to get you to open a door to go where he wanted, or to direct you to […]

Red Drip

I like the delicate squiggles, the spacing and the light cross hatching in this sketch. It has a coincidental resemblance of a Joan Miró composition. But Miró planned his work. I did not plan the visual look of this drawing but rather followed a manual procedure. My process was to create a uniform spacing of […]


This free form was self contained until I continued some of the inner contours beyond the outer boundaries. At first, I thought of them as ribbons. However, after I painted-in the dark surround, the extended strips lost their ribbon-like qualities. They looked more spiky and inflexible. An interesting transformation.  


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 […]

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