I went to an art museum today. I haven’t been to an inspiring place like that for a very long time. I saw works of Van Gogh (oh, the texture!), Jawlensky, Klee, Rubens, Rembrandt and many others. I loved some of the compositions on paper by Degas: colored paper with lighter lines of pastes, were […]
One of the books from which I expect to derive inspiration is Paul Klee: Irony at Work by Angela Lampe and Michael Baumgartner. It is from 2016, but new to me. Here it is on my bed.
Here are the books that will be keeping me company on my night stand until I finish them one-by-one.
Musical notation is written on paper that has rows of grouped parallel lines. Five lines in each group. A spot (which may or may not have a staff) on a line is a note whose duration depends upon whether it is hollow, its grouping with other spots and the number of flags on its staff. […]
I painted over some geometric shapes I made, to complete today’s abstract. Some of the imagery was inspired by my memory of some of Kandinsky’s work; other shapes and marks comes from my observations during the day. Once again, I had no real plan for working, no goal, nor principles to adhere to. I have […]
The inspiration for today’s painting was ‘Six Species‘, a painting by Paul Klee, Bauhaus Master (and my hero), drawn to my attention by a tweet from @artistklee. I began by trying to replicate the halo effect from Klee’s composition. Instead, my shapes became the leading edge of a gradient that faded from dark to light. I did […]
I am between inspirations at the moment. I had a glancing encounter with some of Diebenkorn’s work. I do not pretend to understand it at this point. All I can say is, I thumbed through a book of his paintings, then I painted this after a morning’s read on the back porch.
I originally had leaves in mind again when I began this painting (see Abstract Leaf from a couple of days ago). However, I incorporated some variations on a garden variety leaf (pun intended). Instead of embedding the veins within the meaty part of the leaf, I placed them on the outside. They could serve as antennae […]
I was running low on ideas, so I pulled out one of my books about Kandinsky. This book must weigh about 20 pounds. I love the oversized colorful prints inside. I did get some ideas, and created the abstract below. I like the two planes set up by grids of distorted squares. The remaining lines […]
Today’s watercolor experiment: Another abstract away from home: My abstract compositions always seem to begin with a color and a brushstroke. Today the color was cobalt blue. The first bright-blue brushstroke inspired a second parallel stroke of dark blue. In the final piece, we see the dark blue in the center. The dark blue, in […]