Watercolor on Masa Paper, 10×7.5″

T F m
May 31, 2009


Watercolor on Masa Paper, 7×5″

Before the Lord of the Rings there was Der Ring Des Niebulung. Richard Wagner created 15 hours of opera in 4 parts that is the subject of endless discussion and interpretation. The backwash on this masa piece reminded me of flames and the last scene of Die Valkyrie. In this second opera of the cycle, Brunehilde is put to sleep on a mountain top with magic flames surrounding her to prevent all but the most courageous of heroes from reaching her. This fearless hero would then claim her as his wife. This was punishment for her disobedience to her father, Wotan, king of the gods.

T F m
May 30, 2009

On the Floor

Seated Women
Watercolor on Masa Paper, 7×5″

T F m
May 29, 2009

Figures, Figures!

Watercolor on Masa Paper, 15×10.5

T F m
May 28, 2009

Anka, Again

Watercolor on Masa Paper, 10×7.5″

Anka never ceases to be interestingly elusive. She is a photographer who helps to support her work by modeling. How many artists have to have an additional source of income and work other jobs to keep going?

T F m
May 27, 2009

Figure Painting Is My Thing

Oil on Canvas, 16×20″ 

T F m
May 26, 2009

Self Portrait

Watercolor on Masa Paper, 15×10.5″


I was on a residency in Hungary and I was in pain while walking to the Budapest Opera House when my left achilles tendon ruptured. So I was confined to the studio with my left leg elevated for much of the time. This is a self-portrait with me looking into the mirror with my leg up and close to the mirror.

I stayed for the entire length of the residency without a confirmation of a tendon rupture but when I got home I spent most of my teaching semester in a boot while it healed. It was too unhealthy a tendon for surgery.

T F m
May 25, 2009

Forest Twilight

Winter Twilight
Watercolor on Masa Paper, 15×21


T F m
May 24, 2009

It’s Not Chekhov.

Cherry Orchard
Watercolor on Masa Paper, 15×21″

The cherry orchards are in full bloom now in northeastern Wisconsin and they are a beautiful sight. Some of the orchards are quite big and when the blooming trees go up hill it’s enchanting.

T F m
May 23, 2009


Watercolor on Masa Paper, 5×7″


Some of the more conservative watercolor societies consider backwashes to be faults in a watercolor painting. Sometimes backwashes happen by accident and sometimes they are the result of inexperience. If you don’t want a backwash you need to avoid trying to “fix” something that has been recently applied. The area to be “fixed” is only partially dried and going back into it with more pigment and water will only dislodge the pigment already there and it will be pushed away by the flow of the water.

Knowing this, it can be done on purpose to great effect. The painting above has backwashes which form some of the leaf masses of the tree. Just drop some clean water into a fresh wash and let it go!

T F m
May 22, 2009