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 […]

Bandaged Mike

Yesterday’s vintage photograph of my brother Mike* in bandages was rather dramatic.  He was in the midst of one of his stereotypical gestures (elbowing himself in the chest) as I snapped the picture. But, as with most photographs, that one did not tell the whole story about Mike in his bandages. I visited Mike in […]

Portrait with Bandage and Hands

This watercolor and sketch is the companion piece to my other post today (Bandaged Mike), the subject of which is also my brother Mike*. I photographed him after another resident hurt him. The hand  sketches were copied from photos I took of my brother. The delicateness of his hands has always impressed me. *Mike is […]

Hands with Sketched Face

Mike* has very expressive hands. I have posted sketches of them before (Resting Hands Revisited, Playing Hands, About to Hold Hands, Hands Full). Years ago another resident of his group home hurt him. It is hard to blame the other guy. Mike can be very annoying. He used to steal food from the plates of […]

Expressive Hands – Quiescent

Mike’s* hands at rest, were very delicate. I’m sure they still are. I haven’t seen him in a long time, since I moved to California, quite a distance from where he lives. Below is a photo I shot during a visit to his old group home. While his hands are a strong visual element here, […]

Sketches

Rough drive back home. Made great time for about 300 miles then, out of nowhere, the road was like a parking lot. The rest of the trip took forever, and I’m beat. I say this by way of apology for not posting a new watercolor. I made a number of attempts to sketch William, my […]

Artist and Artwork

Will, my grandson, loves clocks. Especially Big Ben. It all started when he saw the Back to the Future, He loved that Dr. Brown saved the day by channeling the lightning, he knew would strike the clock tower, to the Delorian/time machine, and send it back to the future. Will is posing amidst his representation of that […]