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Tag Archives: Creative Process

Passionate Period

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Sunset
Central Maryland — November 1989
Watercolor on 4″x 6″ paper

A watercolor painting from another of my love letters to Cindy.

Watercolor Abstract

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Abstract
Central Maryland — December 1989
Watercolor on 4″x 6″ paper

Another painting from one of my love letters to Cindy.  I sent these to her on a fairly regular basis, though I have only a handful that we have kept over the years.

Not all of my paintings were of real objects; sometimes I’d just play with the interactions of color and keep those that I liked — like this one

Junkyard Of Dreams

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A long forgotten dream for someone
Ridge, Maryland — August 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

The boatyard of the marina we used to keep our boat at was filled with abandoned vessels of all types — large sailboats, little sailboats, houseboats, powerboats of various sizes, wooden boats, fiberglass boats, and steel-hulled boats.  Many had a faded “For Sale” sign on them, but had never been purchased.  All of them were slowly rotting in place… victims of obvious neglect and unforgiving weather conditions.

I don’t know how many were eventually declared officially abandoned by the State, chopped into pieces by the marina, and disposed of — but it was a large number.  And each one was once the dream of someone.

For My Sweetheart

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Crocuses
Central Maryland — May 2018
Watercolor on 4″x6″ paper

I’m still getting back into the watercolor painting groove, but was pleased with this quick sketch of spring crocuses from earlier in the week. Continue Reading →

Toxic Beauties

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Azaleas in our front yard
Central Maryland — April 2018
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

Every time I do background checking for a new post, I discover something new and interesting — like azaleas are highly toxic and that bees are deliberately fed on the nectar of azaleas in some parts of Turkey to produce something known as “mad honey“, which has mind-altering properties that are occasionally lethal.

Windsurfing Sunrise

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En plein air sunrise
Buxton, North Carolina — July 1989
Watercolor on paper — 4″ x 6″

One of the many benefits of having a portable watercolor field kit is being able to paint whenever the fancy strikes, such as this one.

My brother came out to visit me from the west coast, and we dashed down to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for some windsurfing at Canadian Hole, a wonderfully protected area just south of Buxton.  We camped overnight, and — like always — I woke up early.  While waiting for my brother to roll out of his sleeping bag, I painted this sunrise image en plein air for Cindy, to send her in a letter.

Watercolor Swatches Are Mostly Complete

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Completed watercolor swatches
Central Maryland — April 2018
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

Whew — that only took forever-and-a-day!  I’ve still got to put another black line on each of them, and have yet to perform the pigment lifting test to the wash of each color — but, by-and-large, the swatch creation process is finally nearing the end.

A Cloud Of Flowering Dogwood Blossoms

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Dogwood tree in full bloom
Central Maryland — April 2018
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

This specific flowering dogwood tree (Cornus florida) is one of my very favorites in late April (yes, I have lots of favorite trees — so what?).  It’s right next to the exit of one of the many buildings where I work, and in the spring becomes just an utter cloud of creamy white blossoms — especially pretty when back-lit by the morning sun.

Each year I eagerly look forward to the day when I can just stand at this spot for many minutes at a time, and absorb the warmth and peaceful beauty that permeates that special area.