Parking Lot Patterns with Pole

On my way to lunch, I passed a desiccated section of a parking lot. Paint was dried and chipped, especially on the yellow tapered curb that echoes the slope of the handicapped ramp and borders the red, rubberized mat. There is a pole that juts out and reaches the plane at which the camera snapped […]

Creepy Mask

The point of my study today was to darken and lighted a pigment with blacks and whites to change its shading and perhaps generate a three-dimensional effect. In the figure to the left, I made a transition from light blue (blue + white) to very dark blue (blue + black). From the darkest blue, I […]

Feeling Sick

Before I began this sketch, I thought of the round-headed characters that are so prevalent in the work of Paul Klee (i.e., Error on the Green, Senecio, Pierrot Lunaire). I drew the head with fine lines of a watery liquid frisket; I created a circular patch with a thicker frisket, that I envisioned to be […]

Rest in the Clouds

I’m always thinking about how to portray abstract figures that tell stories. I continually think of Paul Klee’s work and try to imagine placing rounded heads with geometric features; angular, querying block heads among tweeting birds; or stick figures in some kind of Rube Goldberg invention, in a variegated, muted, textured background. Of course I […]

Protector

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 […]

Portrait – Mike Resting

I think of my brother Mike* quite often. I credit him, in part, with the origin of my inquisitiveness and my wide range of interests. I challenged myself to conjure up an image of Mike and paint the first image that came to my mind. I have posted many articles, photographs and paintings of my […]

Self Hypnosis

The outlined figures of Joan Miró were in my mind when I started this composition.  I was in my thinking pose as I tried to decide how to proceed. I became aware of the position of my hand on my brow and copied it onto the paper. I superimposed concentric curves on the face I […]