Abstract High Five

Inspiration: One of the blogs I follow, The Last Post by Pippa Rathborne, had a very interesting entry about Henry Siddons, who had a passion for acting but no talent. My impression is that he was quite similar to Antonio Salieri, as portrayed in the film, Amadeus. Salieri was tormented by the effortless genius of Mozart in […]

Looking for a Vein

Today was a day for doctor visits. In keeping with my interest in gestures I took my camera along with the idea of capturing images of hands at work.  In addition to routine blood tests, for which my poor wife had to endure three punctures, she had another procedure which involved three additional punctures before […]

Gone Fishing – Again

I really enjoy going fishing with my cousin and my brother-in-law. Today was another such outing. I didn’t have as much luck as I had last time, but it was fun anyway. Although my time thinking about hand gestures was limited, I decided to use the opportunity to photograph hands at work for my gesture […]

More about Gestures

Artistry of the Mentally Ill As I discussed yesterday, the first few pages of Artistry of the Mentally Ill, by Hans Prinzhorn set up the criteria for viewing pictorial artwork by those who had been institutionalized for mental illness. Dr. Prinzhorn was uniquely qualified to investigate this subject, having been an art historian before becoming […]


Play I had a nice comment the other day about an approach to painting. Susie wrote that instead of “practice, practice, practice”, as I thought I should do, it would be better to “play, play, play”.  That is excellent advice. It seems to be in keeping with the efforts of some great artists who strove […]

Gesture Study

I overwhelmed myself yesterday, trying to catalog images of hands to incorporate into a “Hand Atlas“.  My first mistake was trying to draw small images of hands with latex masking fluid. First of all, the scale was too small; secondly, I don’t know if it is possible to draw delicately with this medium. I almost […]

Progress – Hand Atlas

I was hoping to have a chart-like presentation of different hand positions typically displayed by my autistic brother, ready for today’s post. However, I ran into some problems. Stage 1 – latex masking fluid Did you ever try drawing with a glob of liquid rubber at the end of a brush handle? It’s even harder […]