Sketch Book Series – Waiting Room 2007

I began blogging in 2013 to highlight my relationship with my older brother Mike, who is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. Although my process of making sense of Mike began early in my life, blogging was a way to gather my thoughts and artistic expressions in one place. It gave me a focus for developing […]

Brother Mike in Trouble

My older brother Mike doesn’t know he’s in trouble. Mike is low functioning, autistic and has never spoken. He is inwardly directed, if that concept even makes sense for him. I spent many years trying to understand my brother and, I don’t know him any better than I did 60 years ago. Mike breathes in […]

Mike’s Lifeline

This is one of the layered, complex (overdone?) sketches of Mike’s* situation. * Mike is my older brother (autistic, nonverbal and low functioning). He has been on a ventilator for more than a year. Now, it seems, he cannot be safely removed.

Portrait of Mike, and Thoughts

Sketching helps me. I’ve used sketching and photography to try understanding my brother Michael. He is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. I used photography to capture moments that may have escaped my notice and to better notice details about him. Sketching brings me a little deeper. It is a more direct connection. For example, the […]

Self Portrait – Last of 2020

After moving to Los Angeles, the new apartment is still a mess. I can’t find my razor, among many other items. I won’t go to a barber (especially here in LA) until this covid mess is over with (I may break down and get a new shaver before then – if they can deliver). Here […]

Rear Window – Pencil Sketch

Continuing with sketching, I stepped out onto the balcony in our new ‘digs’. Instead of paying attention to artistic considerations (such as tonal values, and interesting geometric contrasts), I concentrated on documenting the scene before me. Important spatial relationships, of course, had to be correct (or close to correct) in order to reproduce a recognizable […]