Red Head in the Rain

I began this study with free form strokes of my liquid latex frisket. The frisket resists watercolors and leaves paper white when removed. The frisket also does not allow permanent marker traces to bleed through. I used markers to cross hatch the area around the dried liquid latex, so the areas would be accentuated. Then I […]

Just Before Waking

Today, it was a struggle to find a subject to draw or paint. I had a dentist’s appointment and was in no mood.  However, when I finally sat down at the desk where I paint, I noticed the sketch of my wife, I did last night. I got out the big paper and decided to […]

Caregiver’s Much Needed Rest

Caregiving is hard work.  I saw it first hand when I was growing up with my older brother Mike. He is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. He needed help with everything and had to be watched constantly. If you weren’t careful, he would take the food from your plate. However, there is a difference between […]

After and Before

More about Radiation I thought I would try redeeming myself from yesterday’s portrait. Today’s ‘After and Before’ refers the the effects after and before (reading the portrait left to right) radiation to the entire brain. Of course the treatment is supposed to kill cancer cells, while leaving the non-cancerous cells alone. The bad thing is, the […]


The portrait below is not what I hoped it would be. It is indeed quick and dirty, but it represents the aftermath of whole-brain radiation. There is some planning that goes into focusing the radiation beam, but it is not a surgically precise procedure. Redness, swelling, sweating and tiredness are part of the effects.

Three Frames

The triple portrait below depicts three frames of an 8mm film my father took of my brother Mike. Mike is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. He is a mystery. I rendered each frame individually in previous posts:  Dark-Eyed Mike #1, Frame #2, Frame #3. The three portraits are also slices of time, the first moment represented […]


The dark eyes of my photograph from many years ago (in When are Portraits Self Portraits?) really caught my attention. I followed up with three portraits based on that photograph (Dirty Blond, Negative Blond and Disorientation). Today’s watercolor focuses even more closely on this shadow eye. Eyes are supposed to tell one about the machinations of […]

Merged Self Portrait

My other post today (Self Portrait – Phototherapy) is a self portrait in the style of Jo Spence and Rosy Martin (as I understand their concept). I merged my phototherapy portrait with that of my brother Mike.  Mike is older, autistic, low functioning, nonverbal, with eyes that do not normally line up. Here are the […]

The Other Mike

On December 22, 2015, I published the post, Returning to Mike, that explained a series of occurrences that enabled me to construct a portrait of Mike, my older brother, in a way he had never been portrayed before. Mike is severely autistic, low functioning and has never spoken. I photographed him on his 40th birthday at […]