Building Blocks

Red is the predominant color in this study. Green and bluish striations connect the top and bottom layers. Blocks of yellow and red are gathered on the bottom and top (respectively) of the composition. This is an abstract construction, but I have my own idea about what it represents. What do you think?

Design – After ‘Flag of an Unknown Country’

I remembered one of my sidewalk pictures (Flag of an Unknown Country), and composed a watercolor study based on that memory.  I used yellows and yellow-reds in rectangles surrounding a purple triangle. I used the crutch of masking tape to create clean crisp edges of these shapes. I could have anchored my watercolor paper to […]


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 […]

Broad and Narrow Lines

I filled the white traces left by the frisket (watercolor resist medium) with thin, dark earth tone pigments. However, before I removed the medium, I colored the paper with a combination of  broad strokes of yellows (centrally located) and blues (located peripherally). I used lighter earth tones and brighter reds, again in broad strokes, to […]

Images Added to Dream Background

I created a dream image background a few days ago (Dream Image Background 10-3-17). I was hoping that, in the interim, I would remember more examples of pictures to represent on my background. Chicago: The matrix of colored patches represents Chicago. I don’t know why Chicago should have appeared in my dream. The last time […]

Watercolor Nebula

I haven’t used rough-finished watercolor paper in a while. I remember that I enjoyed working with this texture. To increase the irregularities of the surface, I obtained a spray bottle and some pretzel salt. I applied the pigments as usual,  applied the salt and soaked the paper with my nebulizer. Voilá, a nebula!

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 […]