Patchwork Sky

Today I experimented with layers of watercolor washes. I soaked the whole paper with water and streaked red, yellow and blue onto different areas. Subsequent washes added depth and saturation to the underlying layers. Some of the colors leaked into cuts I made with a razor blade. I thought I could get a secondary pattern […]

Under a Microscope

I started this one with a multi-layer wash. I outlined it in Payne’s grey to create a stage. The shape reminds me of a painter’s palette. I was a bit stymied at this point. I did not know what to do next, so I just doodled around. I ended up slashing around with a razor […]

Introspection

Another emphasis on eyes, beginning with three initial curves. The first lines in this painting are in red. The triangular black area, speckled with white seems to be gazing in at the original eye, bounded by the curved black areas at the right hand side of the picture.

Abstract 021220

This piece is characterized my high visual frequency (i,e,. wavy) lines. They remind me of wood screws driving through space. I began with short blue and yellow squiggles. Later in the process, the red lines began to dominate. Hansa yellow, a very orangey yellow really worked will with the reds on.  A more lemony yellow […]

Trumpet Busker Fantasy

I was at a stop light talking to my brother on the East Coast on the car phone, when I heard music. At first I thought it was some telephonic cross talk. That didn’t make sense, so I asked Dave if he heard it (he did), and was it something on his end of the […]

Layers of Frustration

Brush strokes are sometimes guided by intellect, for example to methodically carry out a preconceived plan; sometimes, the intellect comes to bear by deciding subsequent brush strokes based on previous ones.  Today’s experiment was not based on thinking. The marks I made came from emotions. The blue layer, the first one, resulted from the strongest […]