Before Going Away

I was very, very nervous the night before I was to go away to college for the first time. Even though this was more than 45 years ago, I still remember how agitated I was. I had a recording of some of Bach’s organ music. The pieces that helped me the most were Toccata And Fugue […]

Abstract with Screw

I painted over some geometric shapes I made, to complete today’s abstract. Some of the imagery was inspired by my memory of some of Kandinsky’s work; other shapes and marks comes from my observations during the day. Once again, I had no real plan for working, no goal, nor principles to adhere to. I have […]


I started today with an odd-sized piece of watercolor paper. It was the last one on the pad and I thought it was time to make use of it. I broke up the wide dimension by using masking tape to divide the paper into three sections. I penciled-in arcs and sharp angles in the middle section and painted […]

More Grids

I am convinced that I am on the right path to finding some design patterns to tell my story. I have been studying some of Kandinsky’s compositions and marvel at some of the small patterns he smatters across the canvas: a grid here, an eyeball there. I am sure I can make something visible about […]

Abstract with Grids and Circles

Two of the artists I most admire (Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky) painted according to their philosophies. Kandinsky had a theory about how colors are related to shapes. I don’t recall the the associations in his theory, but perhaps the color red might be associated with a circle, blue with a square and yellow with a triangle.  He […]

Seeking Inspiration

I was running low on ideas, so I pulled out one of my books about Kandinsky. This book must weigh about 20 pounds. I love the oversized colorful prints inside. I did get some ideas, and created the abstract below. I like the two planes set up by grids of distorted squares. The remaining lines […]

After Kandinsky

I wanted to make a colorful background and populate it with linear icons, a vision of something between Wassily Kandinsky and Joan Miró: line drawings standing  out against an alien landscape. I chose lemon yellow as my key color with the idea of adding reddish earth tones and a dash of green here and there. The […]

Portrait ala Kandinsky

Today’s watercolor experiment: I am trying to wean myself away from portraits of my brother Mike. Mike is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. Although I haven’t seen him is a couple of years, and sporadically before that, he is still in my head. One way to remove oneself is to abstract. One of my favorite abstract […]

Portrait of a Boy

Today’s watercolor experiment: I’m back at home, in my comfy studio. My visit to the Norton Simon Museum is still fresh in my mind. I wanted to paint another portrait in a different manner than I have previously. I did use the same technique: A line for the nose, one for the mouth and two […]

Abstract Portrait

I really enjoy the art of Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky. Both artists taught at the famous Bauhaus and both have written about their philosophies. There is a compilation of Klee’s Bauhaus lectures and essays about art in two notebooks (The Thinking Eye and The Nature of Nature); Kandinsky also wrote down his ideas about […]