Sunday, May 25, 2008


Ice Cream!!!!

With profound and sincere apologies to Renee Magritte.

Intro to Me

Watercolor is water and color, almost an absence and a presence, nothing and something that together make magic, or so I think and feel.  Blake's first Song of Innocence, although about writing, is apropos:

'Piper, sit thee down to write
In a book, that all may read.'
So he vanished from my sight; 
And I plucked a hollow read,

And I made a rural pen,
And I stained the water clear,
And I wrote my happy songs
Every child may joy to hear.

The watercolor artist has to break something perfect (water) by "staining it."  For me every watercolor mark on a piece of paper has a poignancy that speaks to fundamental tensions of human existence.  We humans make a lot of beauty by "staining" the world as it comes to us, and in that fact there lies a sharp grief.  And yet we have no choice in the matter and seem to be fated or required thus to make meaning out of our lives. 

Who am I?  Among other things, I am a completely amateur artist who only draws and aquarelles.  I've created this blog because I want a space in which to show some of my work and to discuss the art of watercolor painting with other artists.  I'm interested in learning and teaching (usually by example).

My subjects are the subjects of nature: landscapes and figures, mostly: the "scapes" of the body of the world and the bodies of us mortal human beings.  A classic "lover" archetype, I respond to beauty in all its forms very strongly, and, while I don't exactly know why, I think that realism and naturalism are not "done."  Indeed, my paintings strive for realism.  One of the major topics of my postings will be the quest to understand this longing to describe in paint the world as it is. 

I hope you enjoy this blog.