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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

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 →

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.

Paintings Go A-Courting

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Imaginary sunset
Rockville, Maryland — June 1989
Watercolor on paper — 4″ x 6″

When I said I was old school, I meant it.  Back in the day, there was no Tinder.  There was no Facebook.  There was no social media at all, in fact.

If you wanted to meet people and get to know them better, you could do it in person — by going to places or events that like-minded people would be interested in.  Favorites for many at the time were bars (bars always made me uncomfortable, so that was out), meet markets (ditto), churches (I was never successful at this), organized social events (I was never good with big crowds).  For me, I liked bicycling, reading, hiking, doing art, listening to music, etc.  Pretty much everything solitary, I was into.  So I pretty much struck out there. Continue Reading →

Watercolor Field Kits

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My first watercolor field kit
Central Maryland — April 2018
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

As I mentioned in my last watercolor post here, I was able to finally save up enough coin to buy a Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colour Field Box (see image above).  This photo is of my first Winsor and Newton field kit (we have three of them now, including one for Cindy to use), and it still holds a special place for me, as I dragged that little box of watercolors hither and yon all over the country.

At the time, even though I was a professional photographer at work (read all about that here), I was so poor that I couldn’t afford to own a decent camera myself — nor could I afford to have any photos be printed that I may have shot during that austere period.  For example, the cost of getting a set of 35mm prints developed depended upon a lot of variables, such as follows: Continue Reading →

Different Levels Of Artists And Materials

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The view from La Grulla Gun Club
Ensenada, Mexico — June 1969
Water-based paint on paper — 12″ x 14″

My earliest memory of using “watercolor paints” (above, created when I was 7-years-old) is actually not what I would define today as watercolor paint at all — they were craft-grade Prang Water Colors for kids (fun fact: this product line was named after Louis Prang — “the father of the American Christmas card”). Continue Reading →