Galleries – Watercolors

I painted my first watercolors when I was about 15, after having worked in oils for several years in Tobey’s studio. It was on the encouragement of my high school art teacher to “branch out”. So I started to “play” with watercolor, exploring a sort of abstract expressionist, “Pollockian” like action oriented approach, (you can see a few of these under the Gallery menu: Abstract & Non-Objective), while still practicing and developing my work in oil with Tobey. These watercolors developed into a series, what I called “Prana Painting”. I was, among other things, practicing Yoga at the time, which included Pranayama – breathing exercises. Prana, in the Yoga teachings, is Universal energy that flows through everything and can be directed in the body through breath-work. It is very similar to the understanding of Chi in Taoist and Buddhist philosophy, and a variety of names under different cultures. These expanded into large acrylic and mixed media paintings. Not long after, when I was an undergraduate student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, I had the good fortune to formally study watercolor under the Japanese painter Kaji Aso, who required studying of calligraphy with him before watercolor. These led to the exploration of “oriental” style landscapes on rice paper and vegetable parchment using sumi ink and brush and then in 1976 I brought these materials into the field to apply them to plein air painting, (you can see a few examples of these at the end of this section).


Plein Air From the Casa Patio 
Rembrandt watercolor on 1/4 sheet, (15″x 11″), Gemini cold press
This painting was done in a couple of morning sessions on the patio outside my bedroom in Boca de Tomatlan, looking east into the jungle and mountains beyond


At the Staircase 
Rembrandt watercolor on 1/4 sheet, (15″x 11″), Gemini cold press
This painting, done from photos, is a view of a location not far from the Casa in Boca de Tomatlan, MX. The dock and staircase leading to the home of my dear friends Douglas (Casa Architect) and his wife Esther as viewed from the water.


Tulip Fields Near Keukenhof Gardens
Watercolor on 1/4 sheet, (15″x 11″), Gemini cold press
This painting was done April 2022 as a demo for a group of artists I lead on a painting and museum tour of Holland organized by the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts

Nocturne at Saran Lake
plein air watercolor on 9″x12″ Fredrix w.c. canvas

 


Mist on the Farm
Rembrandt watercolor on 9″ x 12″ Rembrandt cold press paper

 


Rainy Morning, (Plein air at VIC, Adirondacks)
6″x8″ on Fabriano cold press

Morning at Buck Pond, (Plein air  Adirondacks)
6″x8″ on Fabriano cold press
(private collection, Saran Lake)

 

Stand Firm 1
– Rembrandt watercolor on 11″ x 7″ Gemini cold press
Read about this image Stand Firm, (1 & 2), in an article in Outdoor Painter,
the online home of Plein Air Magazine

Stand Firm 2″
– Rembrandt watercolor on 30″ x 22″ Gemini cold press

Shelter from the Storm
Rembrandt watercolor on 10.75″ x 11″ Fabriano cold press paper

 


April Snows in Apple Valley
– Rembrandt watercolor on 5″ x 7″ Fabriano cold press
Private collection, Ashfield, MA
The Unrecognized Essential Workers Series: Immigrant Farm Workers 1
– Rembrandt watercolor on 15″ x 22″ Gemini cold press

The Unrecognized Essential Workers Series: Study for Immigrant Farm Workers 1
– Rembrandt watercolor on 6″ x 9″ Fabriano cold press

The Unrecognized Essential Workers Series: Study for Immigrant Farm Workers 2
– Rembrandt watercolor on 9.75″ x 13″ Fabriano cold press

The Unrecognized Essential Workers Series: Immigrant Farm Workers 2
– Rembrandt watercolor on 22″ x 30″ Gemini cold press

The Unrecognized Essential Workers Series: Postal Workers, (William)
– Rembrandt watercolor on 11″ x 14″ Fredrix watercolor canvas panel

If you would like to see more watercolor portraits go to Galleries in the Menu at top, go to Portraits in the Galleries and choose Traditional and scroll down.

 

 
The Point at Colomitos
– Rembrandt watercolor on full sheet, (22″ x 30″), Gemini cold press

Casa Blanca, Boca
– Rembrandt watercolor on 1/2 sheet, (15″x22″), Gemini cold press

“Afternoon Light in Boca
– Rembrandt watercolor on full sheet, (22″ x 30″), Gemini cold press

Afternoon in the Gardens
– plein air watercolor on Fabriano cold press

Morning Mist Lifting, (plein air on the Beach, Essouria, Morocco)
Rembrandt watercolor on 6″ x 12″ Rembrandt cold press paper


Entering the Market, painted in Essouria, Morocco
watercolor on 10″ x 8″ Fredrix watercolor canvas on board


Morning mist – Looking up at the Casbah, Tangiers
 w.c. on 7″x5″ Fabriano cold press

After the Storm
– Rembrandt watercolor on 42″ x 60″ stretched Fredrix watercolor canvas
After the Storm” – detail 1

 

After the Storm” – detail 2

 

The Path
– Rembrandt watercolor on 30″ x 20″ stretched Fredrix watercolor canvas

 

“Wave Dance, study, (Myto)” – watercolor on 9″ x 7″ Fabriano cold press

 

Wave Study at Myto
-plein air- watercolor on 7″ x 9″ Van Gogh cold press

 

“Crashing Light”
– Watercolor demo on 18″ x 24″ Fredrix watercolor canvas

 

Fountain of Tranquility”
– plein air watercolor and ink in sketchbook

 

The Hacienda Garden, (Marios)
plein air -watercolor on 10″ x 8″ Fredrix watercolor canvas panel

 

Painting at the Hacienda
watercolor on 1/2 sheet Fabriano cold press

 

Botanicas” plein air- watercolor on 1/4 sheet Fabriano cold press

 

Arrangement in Warm and Cool Grays 
-plein air watercolor demo on 1/4 sheet Fabriano cold press

 

“Siestas in the Late Afternoon, Painting at the Hacienda Divisadaro
plein air- watercolor on watercolor on 10″ x 8″ Fredrix watercolor canvas panel

 

“Peace and Distance,(plein air, Ashfield, MA)
– Rembrandt watercolor on 30″ x 20″ stretched Fredrix watercolor canvas

A Fading Light, – don’t belive it – It’s Fake News!
– Rembrandt watercolor on 1/2 sheet, (22″ x 15″) Fabriano cold press

 

Plein air demo, Pulaski Park, Northampton
– Rembrandt watercolor on 8″ x 10″ stretched Fredrix watercolor canvas

 

"Brahm at Kaaterskill Falls" - (plein air) watercolor on on Fredrix canvas paintboard, 20"x16"
Brahm at Kaaterskill Falls” – (plein air)
watercolor on on Fredrix canvas paintboard, 20″x16″

Entering Sedona, (Sedona 10th Annual Plein Air Festival, 2014)
watercolor on Fredrix canvas paintboard, 8″x16″

Flowing, (1.5 hour demo for Easthampton Art Appreciation Guild)
watercolor on Fredrix watercolor canvas, 20″x16″

Quick change on the Horizon, Jerome, AZ, (Sedona 10th Annual Plein Air Festival, 2014) watercolor on Fredrix canvas paintboard, 16 “x 8”

Snoopy’s Dream, (Sedona 10th Annual Plein Air Festival, 2014)
watercolor on Fredrix watercolor canvas, 12″x 9″
Steamboat, (Sedona 10th Annual Plein Air Festival, 2014)
watercolor on Fredrix canvas paintboard, 8″x 10″ (private collection, Sedona, AZ)

Painting in the Rain at Oak Creek, (Sedona 10th Annual Plein Air Festival, 2014)
watercolor on Fredrix watercolor canvas, 10″x 8″ (private collection, Flagstaff, AZ)

Sunrise and Virga, (Sedona 10th Annual Plein Air Festival, 2014) watercolor on Fredrix watercolor canvas, 20″x 30″

Meditatio Natura
watercolor on Fredrix w.c. canvas 30 “x 24 ” 

Rhythms of 3s and 4s,(Gunn-Brook-Falls)
watercolor on w.c. canvas 16″x 20″ | Available at R. Michelson Galleries, Northampton, MA
Blue Canyon
Sumi-e brush/w.c. on watercolor canvas, 14″x11″
Mt Pilatus, Switzerland
watercolor on Arches paper, 9 “x 12 ” | private collection
This painting, one of my favorite, is from 1981. Monica and I where traveling through Europe and hiking in the Alps came across this perfect compositional/symbolic nod to the painter Casper David Friedrich, “father of German Romantic painting – no changes or additions needed
“Los Arcos From Coastal Highway”
watercolor on paper, 4″x6″
Sunrise From Cadillac Mt.
watercolor on paper, 9 “x12 “
Monica Meditating on Anti Paros
watercolor on Arches paper, 12″x9″ | private collection

Another nod to Friedrich, this time an altered quote of his painting of his wife titled, “Woman at a Window”. Here I paint Monica, again on an arches block while, we were on our backpacking tour of Europe in 1981. Filled with symbolic content, as was Friedrich’s painting, but set in a more both contemporary manner and with of course my spiritual vision/symbolism not his. This painting was later used as a reference for a large piece where I included a trompe l’oeil copy of Friedrichs’ painting “apparently taped” to the wall. You can see this piece in the menu under Galleries: Works of SpiritRealism 
Monica At Puri Beach
watercolor on paper, 12″x9″ | private collection
A painting done in a similar vein as the one above, several years later when Monica and I were traveling through India.



Ward Acres – Place of Predilection
Sumi-e brush and ink on rice paper, 28″x20.5″/private collection