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Art — Then And Now


I thought it would be worth trying to see if I could replicate the viewpoint that I had when I painted the watercolor scene in the upper left en plein air back in 1989. Continue Reading →

Embrace The Suck — Pathology Report


Cherry blossoms in peak bloom at the Tidal Basin yesterday
Washington, DC — April 2018
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

I spoke with my prostate surgeon two days ago and have since been processing what he shared with me, as it’s the classic good news / bad news report that you really never want to hear.  And part of my way of dealing with it was to go down the the Tidal Basin in DC, and partake of the lovely cherry blossoms, which are currently at peak color (taking photos to use for later reference as the basis of watercolor paintings is my own special version of self-medicating). Continue Reading →

The Old Guy Whom Is Now The FNG


Cherry blossoms near the Jefferson Memorial
Washington, DC — March 1989
En plein air
Watercolor on paper — 22″ x 30″

I recently announced here on my site that I was getting back into watercolor painting after a hiatus of nearly 25-years.  When I initially posted that intent, I was just planning on doing my own thing and thought that I would likely share my finished work on an occasional basis.

However, as I’ve reacquainted myself with my tools and paints, and dug more and more into the subject again, I’ve come to realize that the art world as a whole is a completely different beast from when I last played in it so long ago.  So I figured I’d share the joy, the pain, the fun, the frustration, the wonder, and the WTF moments of this old guy… whom is now the FNG (the Effing New Guy, in case you don’t know).

What follows is a little long-winded, so please bear with me.

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Cherry Blossoms 2018 (Or Sakura 桜)


Cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin
Washington, DC — March 2017
Sony a6300 + Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 ASPH II

It’s almost that time of year again — the cherry blossoms are about to bloom in Washington, DC!  They were forecast earlier to be at peak by March 22nd or 23rd, but the cold spell we’ve been having for the past week has slowed things down a bit, so they are expected to peak sometime next week — closer to March 27th or later.

You can read more detailed conditions about the cherry blossoms here, and the National Park Service official prediction here, and a live webcam of the blooms here. Continue Reading →

Spring Begins In Earnest


Crabapple blossoms
Central Maryland — March 2018
DxO ONE + 32mm/1.8 ASPH

We’ve been watching the local crabapple trees beginning to bud over the past few weeks and started keeping a very close eye on them in recent days, as these are our “indicator trees” — they usually pop just before the cherry trees begin blossoming down around the Tidal Basin in DC.

It won’t be long now, folks!