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Abstract Friday

I was going to title this “Red House”; I guess that will be an alternate title. Crazy weather for fall and I hear it will be in the 90’s on Sunday. L’Shana Tova to my fellow members of the Tribe.

When parts are better than the whole

An abstract that I cropped. This little bit is better than the painting which is somewhat of a mess.

That’s the fun (for me) of messing with a picture on my phone. There were some interesting parts to this painting but on the whole it’s a fail. Too cluttered, too much going on. That’s why I like the snippet better.


Let’s just call her a random dancer because it looks nothing like my sister.

Kind of a tough angle with her face tilted up and sideways. I recognize the earrings: they were made by Marcia Tucker (deceased) who was head of the New Museum.

A couple of little studies on black paper. More dancers to come.

Blue Gate (finished)

Always better when color is added.

Blue Gate

Another enigmatic family photo. What is Blue Gate? Where is it? Cute how there’s two shots of Jane framed within this doorway or porthole. I’m thinking I should paint the outside black.

The photograph. Undated but she looks around 17 here, maybe older.


I’ve been doing some Rorschach paintings in a watercolor sketchbook. Here’s a little

flip through. Very reworked so they don’t really look like the same image.

Trees on lacy background

I pasted down the lace bottom of a beach coverup that I cut off (too long) and created a grid to paint on. I had the cardboard back of an Arches pad and it worked well. If I want to do some more of these I’m going to have to find or make some more boards. This would not work on watercolor paper. It gave a pretty interesting effect for the simple trees and water.

A collage

I had some material around and used it to make the texture of the water. I don’t do a lot of collage but my (personal) finest work was the Paterson stuff with material from my grandpa. Another swimmer but this time with someone observing him.

Tomopteris joins the party

The little Tuscaridium cygneum looked so lonely on the paper that I decided to add my next sea creature right along with it. This Tomopteris is a type of plankton. I think they look good together! It needed something else so I added the seaweed. It is not scientific but neither are my depictions.

Here’s the photo from the Times:

Dumbo Octopus

I remembered that I had done sea creatures before: also from the New York Times. I did quite a few of these but could only find this one. I may have posted them before but couldn’t find them. Anyhow, this was also from an article in The NY Times Science section. I hope I can find the other ones. I have a huge pile of paintings but this is the only one I found from that series.