Reading about Matisse

I’ve been trying to slog through some books about Henri Matisse lately. It’s a bit of a tough go, reading art catalogs. First of all, many of them are enormous; the kind that, were I to read one in bed, I would be at great risk for concussion if I dozed off. Secondly, the reader is […]

Blue Streak

I love to peruse the magazine section when I go to a bookstore. I gravitate toward the watercolor magazines and buy one now and then. However, I find that I rarely read them once I get home. Just as “writer’s block” is a phenomenon that inhibits writing, I’m sure that there is an equivalent circumstance that […]

House Painting

This post was supposed to be another painting lesson with my ten year old granddaughter, Sidra. We painted side-by-side the other day. I drew a little sketch of her home and did a bit of an underpainting while she was at school, hoping to engage her in adding to it later in the day when […]

Trepidation

Sidra, my granddaughter, ten years of age, has a school assignment. She must read a biography and report about it. She also has to make or buy five objects related to the person and show them.  She chose to report about Anne Frank.  I asked Sidra what she already knew about her. She said that she […]

To Read, Perchance To Dream

Today’s watercolor experiment: I took my own advice from yesterday and tried to combine the square, frame-like organization with a more organic (meaning smooth or natural), looser composition. I began painting today, as yesterday, with simple, flat brushstrokes. Today, I allowed the horizontal ultramarine blue and Winsor red swaths, painted at the top of the […]

Concentration

I’m the kind of person who (tries to) concentrate on one thing at a time. Its not easy for me. I used to have all kinds of trouble. Sometimes when I would read stories, my eyes would drift off the page and I would continue a narrative, of my own making, in my head. When I […]

Peripatetic Rest Stop

I often read in the morning when I get up. At this time of year, it gets very hot at mid-day, but it is nice to go out on the porch at 7:30 or 8:00, look at the birds, drink my coffee and read. Yesterday, in addition to watching the birds, I had a real […]

Seeing and Doing

I’ve always tried to be a doer. This might have resulted from my attempts to help my mother with my nonverbal older brother, diagnosed with autism and profound retardation, I don’t know. Since the focus of my blog is to address my problems and attitudes from the perspective of a sibling of an autistic brother, […]