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l am a self-taught artist and a retired inner city school teacher. Several years ago I began painting watercolors while observing work done by artists who I thought had a special take on how they used color. As a starting point for my pursuit to paint with determination a few of the artist I have become familiar with are Alice Neel, Marlene Dumas, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet,and Henri Matisse. “Warriors” is the series title I’ve given to a block of my work.. This series is initiated in part from the colorfully painted faces and bodies of native peoples, who decorate for the various stages of life from birth to death. When I look into their eyes, I see their souls. I feel that in portraying them in the deeply saturated colors and patterns and symbols of my own design, I capture a mystery of humanity which is reflected in their eyes. I always strive to paint with loose, expressive brush strokes, and use bold, vivid colors. I work very spontaneously, mostly in mixed aqua media on paper because I like the way the paint flows and I like the transparency of the colors resulting in an organic piece. I am constantly experimenting with new colors and techniques.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

My Motley Crew

Lately I am just having fun with small figures.  It is practice for future paintings in which I will want to have figures but in the meantime, I am just having fun with these new buddies of mine.  
Watercolor, 8 by 10 in an 11 by 14 Matt

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pre-mature apple crisp

Michigan apples, There are apples,
 apples everywhere. 
 All ready for the pickin and eatin..
(and paintin)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Have we met before....

Today's leaf watercolor was inspired by the leaves I raked up today, continuing to change in color and still as beautiful.

Autumn Quartet

I think the four separate paintings would look so nice framed together. These are truly the lovely colors of the U.P.    If only I could paint
 the scent of autumn.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Mapleleaf, maplewood,

The warmth of Autumn

Yes, the snow started to fall, and yes the number
 on the thermometer is low  but who can not feel the 
warmth in the air when the landscape is full of oranges, 
red, and yellow leaves.  Such beauty.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Lady in Red

'tis the season

I was doing autumn leaves but then 
it snowed the other day and 
holy mother of god, 
I did a switch to Christmas in a split second. 
 I am working on colors and placement.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Day 30 0f 30 days

 I did it.  I did 30 paintings in 30 days (minus one for anyone counting)  I did miss day 13.  What a feat .  I ended with this one which is from a selfie I took while painting.  A little intense.  LOL
Now for a glass of wine.  It is 5 p.m. somewhere.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Maple leaf....Ahhhhh

Day 27 of 30.  I can hardly believe there are
 only 3 days left of the challenge.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Autumns Leaves are drifting by my window..

Experimenting with a technique to get some interesting autumn leaves

Day 25

....The fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
Sees the world spinning round....


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Day 18 of 30 days

This Pear was so bruised and mushy, but what nice color. 

Day 17 of 30

Today was a busy day so that is when
 it is a good time for me to paint pairs. 
 I have a series of 4 and this one is 
Day 17 of my 39 day challenge.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pigs are flying everywhere...

I had a piece of watercolor paper that had
 a blob of paint on it.  All I could see was a pig with wings.  So I finished it up by adding a bit of color and a curly tail and this is what I got.  Whimsical and fun.  

Monday, September 15, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Oops I did it again

Not happy with this but it is day 12 of 30 and I had nothing else .. so, here you go.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Trio of Sunflowers... Day 11 of 30

OK, I am over the sunflower.  Will do something else for tomorrows painting.  Not sure what it will be yet.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Got Swag Day 8 of 30

Day 9 of the 30 day Challenge

I drew one of the sunflowers that was in a vase of dying flowers that I had picked from a field of flowers last week.  Suddenly I felt that I was looking at a Van Gogh painting and I wanted to see if I could capture that.  I didn't even get close but I had fun doing it.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Did I forget something?? Day 6

Day 6 of 30 and this is where I have gone.  I laughed all afternoon as I drew and painted this one.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Day 5 going to the dogs

Just playing on Day 5 making myself continue on the challenge without obsessing about it.  One painting everyday for 30 days.  Good warm up for getting back into the groove.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Tweet this Tweety Bird

It will be a blue Christmas 
for this little birdie...Do birds hiccup??
Day 4 of 30

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Day 3 - Hola Mamasita

Keeping it Simple on Day 3 of my 30 day challenge to paint something simple every day for 30 days.  Like this new guy..I need a name for him.