Archive for January, 2007

Deer Breath

January 27, 2007


This is one of those occasions when I really like a painting even when a lot of things are not working.  For example the busyness at the top is supposed to be a spider web.  The strange orange cone type things are supposed to be trumpeter vine flowers.  That floating blob, a humming bird.  I am not sure if that is coming through or not, but I still am putting this one down in the win category.


A Better Step

January 22, 2007

Incorporating another animal from the neighborhood was a good idea. The rabbit and fish paintings were becoming derivative, and because the deer is such a different shaped animal it forced me to solidify the water’s surface and readdress the painting space.

I am happy with this more aquarium looking space. It hints at captivity and reinforces the stand in nature of the animals. Also it has allowed me to write the most intelligent sentences on painting I think I have ever written.

Essays of Interest

January 20, 2007

If you are looking for some solid essays about painting, I would highly recommend reading the works of Laurie Fendrich.  Fendrich is an abstract painter who does not suffer from the common afflictions normally associated with abstract painting (namely delusions of grandeur and rebellion, and/or as a herald of some type of utopia).  She is keenly, possibly painfully, aware of the role painting plays in our society and seems to be okay with that.  You can find links to her essays from her webpage at  I found them both informative and fun to read.

Illustration vs Painting

January 16, 2007

This painting demonstrates my slipping towards illustration. I do not mean slipping in a bad way, because I think good illustration is a fine art form, it is just different from painting. There could be an inherent illustrative component in figurative watercolor, but I would like to over come it. My first painting in this series seems to be the least illustrative, with this one and the last on being the most illustrative. While I feel a little down about this, being aware of a situation should help in the long run.

Rabbit Leaves Fish

January 12, 2007

Rabbit Leaves Fish

This is one of my favorite paintings.  It has just the right amount of whimsy without any excess silliness.  It is also the first painting that really plays up the idea of “underwater” vs “not-underwater”, “breathing” vs not-“breathing.”   This painting was completed in mid December, and is really the high point of the rabbit and fish only paintings.

Fish Falling

January 8, 2007

This is the first picture with an entire fish, and I feel that was a step in the right direction. Other than the shapes of the fish and rabbits, this picture does not really do anything for me. However, I am including it for the sake of continuity and development.

Fell in the Well

January 6, 2007

It has come to my attention that the vast majority of my blog entries have began with the word “well.” As part of my new year’s resolution I will try to reduce the use of the word “well,” unless I am referring to an actual well. I guess I have been focusing more on the pictures than the words. I hope this hasn’t lessened anyone’s enjoyment of the pictures.

Sea of Fish, Sea of Clouds That Look Like Fish

January 2, 2007

Sea of Fish Sky of Fish

Well here we are firmly in the middle part of November and working with full sheets of watercolor paper.  I had really high hopes for this watercolor painting, and think some parts of it are really good.  I still think a sea of fish and a sea of clouds that look like fish is a nice idea.  There is a certain cartoonish element to this one that I am not so happy with.  It kind of reads as a piece from a story and I am not sure how great I think that is.  To me it should be more mysterious.  Ridiculous.