Saturday, December 16, 2023

Holiday Traffic

In 5pm December darkness,
traffic lights,
holiday lights 
at a four-way intersection
of six lane traffic - 
confusion driven by the angst
 of unmeetable obligations.

Sunday, December 10, 2023

Sunday, December 3, 2023

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Fantasy Checkers

The checkerboard pattern,
warped perspective,
and my delight in
a play on the words
"fact checkers."


Monday, November 20, 2023

Starlink and Space Stations

I saw Starlink
and the International Space Station
this week.
My first sighting, by chance.

Saturday, November 18, 2023

Out West

Another abstract landscape built up from strokes of sumi ink. The more time and attention given to it, the more solid and recognizable it became. 

Monday, October 30, 2023

Urban Sprawl

A one brush experiment
in strokes of sumi ink,
toned with cadmium yellow watercolor
to create a brassy effect.
The result seems to me like an aerial view
of rooftops, sidewalks,
reflecting pools, and grassy lawns.

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Music of the Spheres

To me
instrumental music

This is another blank watercolor greeting card
from an ongoing series of abstracts.
Signed and dated,
the prose above are handwritten
on a separate page of vellum,
(to trash or treasure, whichever is your pleasure)
Envelope included.

Could've Been

These abstract brush strokes could have been
fish, or needles, or dried grass stems.
Could've been
that the movie runs backwards:
hurricanes build homes and lush landscapes -
earthquakes restore tall buildings and old cities -
floods repair roads, remove debris, stabilize hillsides -
and fired guns remove bullets and bring people back to life.

This is another blank watercolor greeting card
from an ongoing series of abstracts.
Signed and dated on the back,
the prose above are handwritten
on a separate page of vellum,
(convenient for burning if you find the words irritating)
Envelope included.

Friday, October 27, 2023

Get Well Soon

With nothing in mind,
this abstract watercolor card
was created
four months before the pandemic,
using gold marker.

Sure looks to me
like trouble
under a microscope.

Sunday, October 22, 2023

The Jealous People

Thinking of You,
the jealous people,
the ones that said
"I hate you."


Monday, October 16, 2023

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Friday, October 13, 2023

Infinite Potential

The infinite potential
of nothingness.

available through the artist

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Pursuit of happiness

A frenetic, looping chase
around an imagined goal:

available through the artist

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Monday, October 9, 2023

To Understand

To understand,
we impose patterns
upon random energy.

Sunday, October 8, 2023

Somewhere Above

Somewhere above
the chaotic abstractions
is a place of calm.

Friday, October 6, 2023

Those Lines Again

Those lines again,
ever since that drawing class
with Paul Vasquez
back in 1976,
they keep showing up.

Thursday, October 5, 2023


Flurry of Colors

One of a series of small watercolor
paintings on card stock.


Wednesday, October 4, 2023


Abstract turned landscape, again.

Thanks to Jim A. for the new word.

Sunday, October 1, 2023

Plaids Are Not My Thing

Plaids are not my thing,
but the linear play of brushstrokes were too tempting.

Good Morning Warmup #5,
 a small watercolor available through the artist

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Good Morning Warmup 4

Began as an abstract,
grew into a landscape.

available through the artist

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Good Morning Warmup 3


Where might this conversation lead?
To a harmonious outcome?
Along a tangent, toward ambiguity?
Into an impassibly perpendicular crossroad?

Site lines, 
fishing lines,
pickup lines,
Beware the seduction of form,
a lure.

5"x 8" watercolor, available through the artist

Friday, September 22, 2023

Good Morning Warmup 2

A gelatinous soup of potential,
dimensionless fog of ambiguity,
ubiquitous ambivalence
distilled into two dimensions.

5"x8" watercolor is available from the artist

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Good Morning Warmup 1

Creating routine in the studio
means having to fool myself
into doing "the right thing".

Don't over think it.
Jump in the deep end,
thrash about,
savor small moments of success.
Stroke by stroke,
become comfortable in the element
until finally,
 rise up and out
to look back
over the cohesive accumulation
of efforts.

5"x8" watercolor and ink 

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Goodbye Cicadas, Goodbye Summer

A cool September evening
and bars of brassy light,
stripe my back bent
over a drawing table
studying the body
of a cicada carcass.

Found in the garden
clinging to a support
above the earth 
where it had 
laid it's eggs
after a passionate August affair
that it had spent years

Hours passed
giving my full attention
to every detail of the body
recording with
crow quill pen
india ink.
Considering the perfect balance
of it's form,

the grand finale of it's existence
 surpassing even the need
to eat

or maintain it's own life
so dedicated to love
and reproduction
it was.

I cannot help but feel
respect and affection
for this being
and it's kin.

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Cicada Emerging

July has brought the cicadas out again.
The higher the temperature,
the louder they sing.

This is a line drawing of a cicada
resting after emerging
from it's final molt.
Wings still soft and green,
the crumpled husk
of it's old skin
already brittle.

This drawing is available
for your coloring pleasure
or use as clip art
through Etsy. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Ledger's Way to Walnut Hill Park

The view is of an entrance to Walnut Hill Park,
across from the hospital
in New Britain, Connecticut
in late January 2022.

This particular location was in disrepair,
but I preferred to depict it as I believe it can become
with a little care from the city.

This painting was shown in
the New Britain Museum of American Art

It is a 40"x 30" acrylic painting
on stretched canvas,
framed and wired for hanging.

Sunday, July 16, 2023

Tribal Runes

The impulse to make
a mark
a stoke
a word
a sound
setting in motion
the vibration of a particle
a wave in the substance
giving form
to form to form to form to form. . .

This is a 11 3/4" x 9 3/4" pen and ink drawing
on acid-free watercolor paper,
preserved under glass,
it's hardwood frame is detailed
with delicate inlaid woods.

Green Question

Light and airy as contrails across the sky
what little plane?
who's warm hand?
made these graceful blue strokes
of cryptic writing
through watercolor greens
over sunrise yellow
under sunset orange
to finally land gently
before your loving eyes.

This is a 13 3/4" x 10 3/4" watercolor painting
framed in teak wood under glass,
signed and dated by the artist.