Vata - The Autumn Leaves. Watercolor. 46" w x 51" h
Vata - The Autumn Leaves. Watercolor. 46" w x 51" h

Vata is one of three 'doshas' in Ayurvedic medicine. I named this piece ‘Vata – The Falling Leaves’ – because it evokes, for me, a quality of time when you can almost feel the wind blow through you.   

Vata. Watercolor. 40" w x 32" h
Vata. Watercolor. 40" w x 32" h

Although I painted Vata at a different time than Vata – the Falling Leaves – I decided they were kindreds when naming this one for a show.  I like the intensity in the bottom center of the piece in contrast to its open quality. 

Fiorentina. Watercolor. 30" w x 22" h
Fiorentina. Watercolor. 30" w x 22" h

In which I noticed, after painting, that the colors are exactly the same as the colors of classic Florentine stationary.

Cirque. Watercolor. 30" w x 22" h
Cirque. Watercolor. 30" w x 22" h

I named this painting 'Cirque' after a painting of a circus rehearsal I love to visit in the American wing of The Art Institute of Chicago.  I like that the movement of the piece takes place in a circular motion and seems to float.

Hommage. Watercolor. 14" w x 15" h
Hommage. Watercolor. 14" w x 15" h

I painted Hommage and Cirque in the same moment. Hommage has a greater depth to it and for me evokes a kind of playfulness. 

A La Mode. Watercolor. 28" w x 24" h
A La Mode. Watercolor. 28" w x 24" h

This piece is both soft and bright. It has indigo in it, which has long been a favorite color in my palette.  It moves in a different way than most of the other colors.  When the gallerist with whom I had been working at the time I finished this piece came for a studio visit, I communicated that I wasn't certain about it - or how it fit in?  Tom relayed his enthusiasm - even joy -  about this not knowing or understanding, a sense I have come to appreciate.

In. Watercolor. 51" w x 33" h
In. Watercolor. 51" w x 33" h
Winged. Watercolor. 45" x 22"
Winged. Watercolor. 45" x 22"

Winged would also be appropriate in the 'After Winter Must Come Spring' gallery of this website as the image shares an 'underground' in-formation quality of other works from this period.  This piece is one of the first with a spacious quality that provides an alternate to the denser part of the painting.

Klinie. Watercolor. 51" w x 28" h
Klinie. Watercolor. 51" w x 28" h

The space opens. This piece came to when I was on the phone with an old friend. I disengaged with part of my brain to listen intently. A quality of line shows up here which I don't usually draw in my work. Klinie, for Franz Kline.

Ballou. Watercolor. 42" w x 24" h
Ballou. Watercolor. 42" w x 24" h

I like the easy softness of the turquoise and pink in this painting.  Ballou is named for the Jungle Book character of the same name. Sometimes I will see a painting I have made a few years back in a completely different way, often wanting to call it by a different title.

Red Beast at Sea. Watercolor. 60" w x 22" h
Red Beast at Sea. Watercolor. 60" w x 22" h

There are times when the marks in these abstract paintings take on  particular qualities - or characteristics for me, and I have named this, and a few others, for 'beast'.  'Untitled' is an interesting way to name artworks, but it has always seemed useful to me to give the viewer a name to consider.

Red Beast at Sea. Watercolor. 30" w x 22" h Detail - L
Red Beast at Sea. Watercolor. 30" w x 22" h Detail - L

There are times when the marks in these abstract paintings take on  particular qualities - or characteristics for me, and I have named this, and a few others, for 'beast'.  'Untitled' is an interesting way to name artworks, but it has always seemed useful to me to give the viewer a name to consider.

 

Red Beast at Sea. Watercolor. Detail - R. 30" w x 22" h
Red Beast at Sea. Watercolor. Detail - R. 30" w x 22" h

There are times when the marks in these abstract paintings take on very particular characteristics for me.  I like to invite the way others see them as an important part of the creative process.  Of course I have to give the paintings names and be able to talk about each one.  

Bass Lake. Watercolor. 29" w x 26" h
Bass Lake. Watercolor. 29" w x 26" h

There is a wonderful spot where a friend took me when I was thinking about moving from LA to the San Francisco Bay Area. When I moved I brought so many friends to Bass Lake that the hike became a regular. Calling the painting 'Bass Lake' was an afterthought, but it looks and feels so much like the mid-hike swim and picnic that colored so many great hikes for me, I am happy to give this piece the same name.  

Carpet. Watercolor. 70" w x 28" h
Carpet. Watercolor. 70" w x 28" h

This piece is, by chance, exactly the size of my yoga mat, which I learned after it was finished, when I sent it out to show. I painted it a few months into an intensive time practicing Ashtanga yoga with a small group.  I've named it 'carpet' as in magic carpet. 

Starfruit + Dragonflower. Watercolor. 60" w x 11" h
Starfruit + Dragonflower. Watercolor. 60" w x 11" h

In other spots on this site I've written about a spacious kind of space - a really dreamy space.  For me this piece achieves that quality beautifully.

Starfruit + Dragonflower. Watercolor. 60" w x 11" h. Detail - L
Starfruit + Dragonflower. Watercolor. 60" w x 11" h. Detail - L
In other spots on this site I've written about a spacious kind of space - a really dreamy space.  For me this piece achieves that quality beautifully.
Starfruit + Dragonflower. Watercolor. 60" w x 11" h. Detail - R
Starfruit + Dragonflower. Watercolor. 60" w x 11" h. Detail - R

In other spots on this site I've written about a spacious kind of space - a really dreamy space.  For me this piece achieves that quality beautifully.

The Sun in the Corner. Watercolor. 14" w x 18" h
The Sun in the Corner. Watercolor. 14" w x 18" h

I have developed and taught art education programs for nearly as long as I've been painting.  Helping people relate to art is a calling. I have a thing about helping children understand where how the sun might appear in a picture and named this piece 'The Sun in the Corner' because you could say it looks like that's what is happening!  

Mate. Watercolor, yerba mate, murex. 30" w x 16" h
Mate. Watercolor, yerba mate, murex. 30" w x 16" h

Last summer I returned from one of my favorite spots, my friends' family lake house on Silver Lake, in New Hampshire. I've never felt at home in New England until that visit, when I was falling out of my canoe with love and lust for these wooden homes on a glacial lake in the forest. When I returned to my studio I made work which I imagined might hang in these homes on Silver Lake.

Vata - The Autumn Leaves. Watercolor. 46" w x 51" h
Vata. Watercolor. 40" w x 32" h
Fiorentina. Watercolor. 30" w x 22" h
Cirque. Watercolor. 30" w x 22" h
Hommage. Watercolor. 14" w x 15" h
A La Mode. Watercolor. 28" w x 24" h
In. Watercolor. 51" w x 33" h
Winged. Watercolor. 45" x 22"
Klinie. Watercolor. 51" w x 28" h
Ballou. Watercolor. 42" w x 24" h
Red Beast at Sea. Watercolor. 60" w x 22" h
Red Beast at Sea. Watercolor. 30" w x 22" h Detail - L
Red Beast at Sea. Watercolor. Detail - R. 30" w x 22" h
Bass Lake. Watercolor. 29" w x 26" h
Carpet. Watercolor. 70" w x 28" h
Starfruit + Dragonflower. Watercolor. 60" w x 11" h
Starfruit + Dragonflower. Watercolor. 60" w x 11" h. Detail - L
Starfruit + Dragonflower. Watercolor. 60" w x 11" h. Detail - R
The Sun in the Corner. Watercolor. 14" w x 18" h
Mate. Watercolor, yerba mate, murex. 30" w x 16" h
Vata - The Autumn Leaves. Watercolor. 46" w x 51" h

Vata is one of three 'doshas' in Ayurvedic medicine. I named this piece ‘Vata – The Falling Leaves’ – because it evokes, for me, a quality of time when you can almost feel the wind blow through you.   

Vata. Watercolor. 40" w x 32" h

Although I painted Vata at a different time than Vata – the Falling Leaves – I decided they were kindreds when naming this one for a show.  I like the intensity in the bottom center of the piece in contrast to its open quality. 

Fiorentina. Watercolor. 30" w x 22" h

In which I noticed, after painting, that the colors are exactly the same as the colors of classic Florentine stationary.

Cirque. Watercolor. 30" w x 22" h

I named this painting 'Cirque' after a painting of a circus rehearsal I love to visit in the American wing of The Art Institute of Chicago.  I like that the movement of the piece takes place in a circular motion and seems to float.

Hommage. Watercolor. 14" w x 15" h

I painted Hommage and Cirque in the same moment. Hommage has a greater depth to it and for me evokes a kind of playfulness. 

A La Mode. Watercolor. 28" w x 24" h

This piece is both soft and bright. It has indigo in it, which has long been a favorite color in my palette.  It moves in a different way than most of the other colors.  When the gallerist with whom I had been working at the time I finished this piece came for a studio visit, I communicated that I wasn't certain about it - or how it fit in?  Tom relayed his enthusiasm - even joy -  about this not knowing or understanding, a sense I have come to appreciate.

In. Watercolor. 51" w x 33" h
Winged. Watercolor. 45" x 22"

Winged would also be appropriate in the 'After Winter Must Come Spring' gallery of this website as the image shares an 'underground' in-formation quality of other works from this period.  This piece is one of the first with a spacious quality that provides an alternate to the denser part of the painting.

Klinie. Watercolor. 51" w x 28" h

The space opens. This piece came to when I was on the phone with an old friend. I disengaged with part of my brain to listen intently. A quality of line shows up here which I don't usually draw in my work. Klinie, for Franz Kline.

Ballou. Watercolor. 42" w x 24" h

I like the easy softness of the turquoise and pink in this painting.  Ballou is named for the Jungle Book character of the same name. Sometimes I will see a painting I have made a few years back in a completely different way, often wanting to call it by a different title.

Red Beast at Sea. Watercolor. 60" w x 22" h

There are times when the marks in these abstract paintings take on  particular qualities - or characteristics for me, and I have named this, and a few others, for 'beast'.  'Untitled' is an interesting way to name artworks, but it has always seemed useful to me to give the viewer a name to consider.

Red Beast at Sea. Watercolor. 30" w x 22" h Detail - L

There are times when the marks in these abstract paintings take on  particular qualities - or characteristics for me, and I have named this, and a few others, for 'beast'.  'Untitled' is an interesting way to name artworks, but it has always seemed useful to me to give the viewer a name to consider.

 

Red Beast at Sea. Watercolor. Detail - R. 30" w x 22" h

There are times when the marks in these abstract paintings take on very particular characteristics for me.  I like to invite the way others see them as an important part of the creative process.  Of course I have to give the paintings names and be able to talk about each one.  

Bass Lake. Watercolor. 29" w x 26" h

There is a wonderful spot where a friend took me when I was thinking about moving from LA to the San Francisco Bay Area. When I moved I brought so many friends to Bass Lake that the hike became a regular. Calling the painting 'Bass Lake' was an afterthought, but it looks and feels so much like the mid-hike swim and picnic that colored so many great hikes for me, I am happy to give this piece the same name.  

Carpet. Watercolor. 70" w x 28" h

This piece is, by chance, exactly the size of my yoga mat, which I learned after it was finished, when I sent it out to show. I painted it a few months into an intensive time practicing Ashtanga yoga with a small group.  I've named it 'carpet' as in magic carpet. 

Starfruit + Dragonflower. Watercolor. 60" w x 11" h

In other spots on this site I've written about a spacious kind of space - a really dreamy space.  For me this piece achieves that quality beautifully.

Starfruit + Dragonflower. Watercolor. 60" w x 11" h. Detail - L
In other spots on this site I've written about a spacious kind of space - a really dreamy space.  For me this piece achieves that quality beautifully.
Starfruit + Dragonflower. Watercolor. 60" w x 11" h. Detail - R

In other spots on this site I've written about a spacious kind of space - a really dreamy space.  For me this piece achieves that quality beautifully.

The Sun in the Corner. Watercolor. 14" w x 18" h

I have developed and taught art education programs for nearly as long as I've been painting.  Helping people relate to art is a calling. I have a thing about helping children understand where how the sun might appear in a picture and named this piece 'The Sun in the Corner' because you could say it looks like that's what is happening!  

Mate. Watercolor, yerba mate, murex. 30" w x 16" h

Last summer I returned from one of my favorite spots, my friends' family lake house on Silver Lake, in New Hampshire. I've never felt at home in New England until that visit, when I was falling out of my canoe with love and lust for these wooden homes on a glacial lake in the forest. When I returned to my studio I made work which I imagined might hang in these homes on Silver Lake.

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