Grid, After Paul Klee

I don’t remember precisely, the name of the first painting I saw, of Paul Klee’s rough grids of colored squares.  Here are some of Klee’s paintings in the style to which I refer: Ancient Sound, Abstract on Black; Coming to Bloom; Altimetry of Stripes; Rhythmical, Glass Facade. I looked for patterns of color, but could […]

Art Inspired by Reading of Matisse

I’ve been reading a book my mother gave me: Henri Matisse, A Retrospective by John Elderfield, (The Museum of Modern Art 1992). When I used to visit her she had a treasure trove of art books that I would read. She usually agreed to allow me to take one with me when I left. This […]

Contemplating the Navel

In this abstract I sketched only one recognizable form – the cross section of a brain inside a head. I sketched the rest of the lines with a fine point frisket (liquid mask) applicator. My initial concern was to paint gradients of color within each field bounded by the frisket lines. The Bauhaus Master, Paul […]

Mike Portrait No. 7 June 2017 – Fear

This may be the last portrait in the June 2017 series of portraits of and about my older brother Mike.*  I don’t think there is much more for me to say, visually, about Mike at this time. Forcing the issue is not a productive endeavor, so for the moment I will put it to rest. […]

Sea Scape Inspired by Paul Klee

I began this composition with a series of parallel lines that I drew free-handed. I was thinking of Paul Klee’s compositions that consist of adjacent strips of color. Some of his compositions are made up of seemingly random squares of colors, arrayed in parallel configurations. I used the parallel lines as a skeleton on which […]

Figure and Eye

I’ve always enjoyed Paul Klee’s whimsical creatures and figures. I tried one of my own. I drew it with a bead of latex frisket, which so happened to deposit actual rubber beads and regular intervals. After some washes, and the removal of the mask, I outlined the  white spaces with sepia ink. Maybe it is […]

Abstract After Klee

Paul Klee tweeted ‘Heroic Roses‘ the other day. I liked the thick, black, maze-like traces that wind into a rose form. I created the abstract below, not with the idea of recreating a rose, but rather for the black traces. I wanted to make my own maze. While I didn’t accomplish ‘maze’ status, I did […]

Before Going Away

I was very, very nervous the night before I was to go away to college for the first time. Even though this was more than 45 years ago, I still remember how agitated I was. I had a recording of some of Bach’s organ music. The pieces that helped me the most were Toccata And Fugue […]

Search Horse

I am enthralled with the black lines that Paul Klee uses in many of his compositions. I understand that he used them in his later work to guide the viewers’ eyes around the the artwork. Ensconced in these maze-like traces are iconic figures. I tried emulating this style is some of my previous experiments (Study […]