My Background in Watercolor Painting
I am always trying new media, usually by choice. One media I had always avoided were watercolors. I could never get them to do anything interesting. It just so happened that while I was pursuing teacher certification in Art at Eastern Michigan University, the only class that was available to me was watercolor painting, so I had little choice in the matter. Mr. Igor Beginin was my instructor, a mature gentleman who was retiring right after that very semester. The techniques he taught me were difficult and frustrating, but once I mastered some of the basics, I was really able to take off from there and learn some things on my own. I was very fortunate to have had a teacher that had been painting for so many years. After taking this class, I must say that watercolor now rates as one of my top five favorite media for expression of my ideas. It has truly changed my artistic direction.
During the school year of 2003-2004, I had the opportunity to teach watercolor painting to ten students in my high school art classes. It was a very enjoyable experience and I was able to help them achieve the results they desired. I led them along a similar path as I traveled when studying under Mr. Beginin, teaching them the important basic techniques before starting a final project.
All watercolors pictured below are approximately 20 X 28" large unless otherwise indicated.
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Recent Watercolors with Detailed Views
Personal Mandala, 2004
Having taught geometry for three years, I learned about geometric constructions. This inspired me to design a unit that combined math and art, with the ultimate product being a personal mandala. Click here to view the activities in the unit and pictures of some of the student-created mandalas on the Art Plans Level 2 Page. I was so inspired after teaching this unit and seeing the student's work that I couldn't wait to paint my own personal mandala, shown below. Inside the central circle is the Sri Yantra.
Frog Fantasy Scapes, 2001-2006
|Frog Fantasy Scape I, 2001|
|Frog Fantasy Scape II Cross-section and close-up detail, 2002|
|Frog Fantasy Scape III Featuring Frank and the Vegetanimal from Outer Space, 1-4-2006|
|Vase with Flowers, 2001||Sun, 2000||Mermaid, 2002|
|Bioswirl I, 2000||Bioswirl II, 2001||Triangle Eye, 2000|
|Bird, 2001||Eclipse, 2002 (design later used on roof of art car)||Horizontal Bands, 2000|
|Calculated Music, 2000 (enlarged view of calculator circuitboard and cd player lens)||
|Mushroom graded washes, 2000 14 X 20"||Abstract Letters of My Name, 2000 14 X 20"|
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