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watercolor FLORIDA watertowerThe South Lake Apopka Water Tower in Tildenville, FL. – watercolor on 300# Arches 

I have lackawaterphobia.   The fear that there will be no drinkable water in the future.    California is in a severe drought. Lake Mead’s water level continues to recede and the Colorado River is drying up.  And what about fracking and how it sets water aflame?

Shall I continue?  If you insist…

In Charleston, W. Va., a chemical used in the processing of coal leaked from a ruptured storage tank into the Elk River, contaminating the water supply for about 300,000 people. In Toledo,  the water supply for over 400,000 people was declared unsafe because of the presence of microcystin, a toxin released by algae blooms in nearby Lake Erie, the source of the city’s water.

When my dog-walking buddy Charlie still lived in NYC he was FIXATED with the levels of the reservoirs we have in upstate NY that provide water to the City. He would check the levels continuously and worry if he thought they were getting low. We got along based on our neuroses.

Sigh,   there is no place to move.   Every place is too hot, too cold, or there is no clean water to drink.   I feel like Goldilocks trying to find the state or area that’s “just right”.  If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

And now that there have been reports of bedbugs on the subways, that may actually push me over the edge into leaving my great city.

The above painting was done using a reference photo from my friend Jim.  It was taken in Florida, a state with great beaches, but not so great drinking water.  Once again I started with a grisaille, a paynes gray value painting.  I then dripped both clean and highly diluted water of paynes gray and raw sienna.  Finally I went back, added some local color, defined areas that needed it and softened some of the edges where I splashed water.

Thanks for visiting.



Parking lot – WIP on 1/2 sheet of 140 # Arches cold press

I started this in the style of Tim Saternow whose workshop I took back in March of this year.   I started with a grisaille  (monochromatic painting in Paynes Gray) which is here:

There is still more work to do. I jumped ahead many steps too fast so this may end up in the “it was a good idea at the time” pile.  But all is not lost as I did learn what not to do.  Which often is as important as what to do.

I saw Rhonda was working on a portrait all in paynes gray which was pretty cool and you can see it here.

The image above is where we park our car.  Which is about 3 blocks from where we live.  And don’t even ask what we pay for that spot in an outdoor lot 3 blocks away, BUT, it is SO worth it when you come home and have to drive around the block for 45 minutes before something opens up.   The Husband says it’s almost time to move.  But WHERE?   Any suggestions?

Is anyone else sick of the Olympics?  Damn overachievers.

Museum columns WIP on approx. 9×12 Arches 140lb cold press

I’m working on a new technique taught by one of my wonderful teachers, Joan Iaconetti.  It’s all about painting more loosely, applying thick paint, spraying it with water, letting it run, drip, whatever. Go back and paint some more.

Spray. Blot. Drip, Dry.

Working on this painting sounds very much like a laundry commercial.   My laundry should be as much fun.   Luckily I was banned from doing the laundry many years ago by the Husband after I turned a few pairs of his white boxer-briefs a lovely, non-NYPD, pink.   Can’t change in the locker room with pink briefs.  Lucky for me the Husband is EXCELLENT at doing laundry.  And don’t even get me started on his folding abilities.  Every once in a while when he’s folding t-shirts while watching the hockey game he will call me over, show me some of the folds and then tell me to be careful just as he pretends he got the equivalent of a paper cut.   Oh he is amusing that Husband!

I’m enjoying this style of painting and hope to be posting more.  I used mostly paynes gray and at the very end added a bit of raw sienna and some phthalo blue.

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