Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait – Caught in Headlights

I was trying to capture my smile. Mind you, it wasn’t a Mona Lisa smile, but an in-your-face, definite bold smile.  I will cop to a few technical issues: 1) The pencils I used were too soft; 2) I did not keep them sharp; 3) I should have had a higher resolution photo from which […]

Young Mike Smiling

I have taken many photographs of my brother Mike and have painted his portrait numerous portraits of him. Mike has been a mystery to me my entire life: since the 1950s. He is very low functioning, has never spoken and is autistic. My motivation has been to try and understand what his mysterious facial expressions mean. […]

Let a Smile be Your Umbrella

Today’s watercolor experiment: It is the time of year for sentiment. I was watching one of those seasonal movies that just put me over the edge. Actually, that’s not to hard to do. Sometimes Finding Nemo is too much for me. Before I knew it, I was slapping paint on some big paper. A big […]

Cracking the Smile

Yesterday, I noted that an intense laugh sometimes has an amount of ambiguity. However, the ambiguity in yesterday’s post is, I fear, the fault of the artist. Expressions conveyed by the mouth are extremely difficult to capture. For example, if one looks at photographs of family members, a particular the line of the mouth represents an intimately familiar meaning. And […]