Hand Fantasy

Most of this past week, I have been fascinated with hands. My younger brother is an accomplished pianist, and I’ve been watching him intently as he played, during his visit. We talked quite a bit about music and the connection between hands and the brain with music as the intermediary. As a direct result of […]

Playing Piano

I did not sketch the study below from life.  I watched my brother play the piano  yesterday and tried to absorb the experience. Yesterday’s watercolor was meant to capture Dave’s graceful motions of his hands. Today, I reconstructed his posture from an angle that I had not observed. I think it shows stability and groundedness […]

Y.B. Visit

My younger brother is visiting us this week. It is really good to see him. We’ve been talking up a storm about music, performance and visual arts. Dave is a pianist. He’s given me insight about expression within the constraint of the page of written music that, in the case of some pieces, has been […]

Patchwork

It is difficult to draw a free-form design without a preconceived image. I started the pattern below with just a couple of ideas in my mind: curves that open up to the edge of the page; wavy curves. The raw pattern sketched in pencil enclosed many areas of varying size. However, for the most part, […]

Cactus Protection Scheme

I don’t know if it is too late to save my succulent (see Damn Squirrels). But I have an idea for how to protect the next one, should I choose to leave it outside with the devil squirrels that think it is a dispenser of snacks. Below is my no-so-engineering-like visual description of my scheme. […]

Stylized Squirrel-Eaten Succulent

I’m still annoyed at those squirrels who ate my succulent (see Damn Squirrels). I saw one standing right in the pot, munching nonchalantly. Fortunately (for him) I didn’t have a tennis ball within reach; he left when I rapped on the window. The scrawny succulents had a very stable platform for those squirrel vermin. I […]