Watercolor Paintings

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.

Click on each thumbnail for a larger view.


Recent Watercolors with Detailed Views


Frank and the Toads of the Short Forest, 1-4-07




Untitled Abstract, 7-18-06

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watercolor abstract 7-18-06 top.jpg (173658 bytes)   watercolor abstract 7-18-06 tree closeup.jpg (140666 bytes)   watercolor abstract 7-18-06 eye closeup.jpg (154538 bytes)

Eye on the Horizon, 7-15-06

eye on the horizon watercolor.jpg (138809 bytes)

eye on the horizon watercolor eye closeup.jpg (135428 bytes)  eye on the horizon watercolor landscape closeup.jpg (143222 bytes)  eye on the horizon watercolor spheres closeup.jpg (147514 bytes)  eye on the horizon watercolor top design closeup.jpg (161606 bytes)

The Elusive Sleep, 7-12-06

watercolor elusive sleep full view.jpg (139164 bytes)  watercolor elusive sleep upper design.jpg (137396 bytes)  watercolor elusive sleep lower design.jpg (150421 bytes)

watercolor elusive sleep tentacle closeup.jpg (137116 bytes)  watercolor elusive sleep lower partial design.jpg (144920 bytes)  watercolor elusive sleep red bottom area closeup.jpg (163881 bytes)

watercolor elusive sleep lower design closeup.jpg (157845 bytes)  watercolor elusive sleep top ball closeup.jpg (137645 bytes)  watercolor elusive sleep upper design closeup.jpg (143902 bytes)


Mantis Watercolor, 8-23-05

full view darker.jpg (135784 bytes)  full view medium.jpg (142695 bytes)  mantis closeup.jpg (117195 bytes)

head closeup.jpg (127148 bytes)  petal closeup.jpg (108419 bytes)  stamens and pistil closeup 2.jpg (115505 bytes)


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.

mandalasriyantra.jpg (141602 bytes)
mandalasriyantrasundetail.jpg (78830 bytes)  mandalasriyantratriangledetail.jpg (76728 bytes)


Series Paintings

Abstract Love Trilogy, 2001-2004

watercolor heart abstract.jpg (121709 bytes)  watercolor heart abstract 2.jpg (132078 bytes)  watercolor heart abstract 3.jpg (148165 bytes)
abstract love trilogy together on wall.jpg (141097 bytes)
Framed Abstract Love Trilogy


Frog Fantasy Scapes, 2001-2006

frog and mushroom watercolor.jpg (75775 bytes)
Frog Fantasy Scape I, 2001
frog and mushroom cross-section watercolor.jpg (133632 bytes)  frog and mushroom cross-section watercolor closeup.jpg (105929 bytes)  
Frog Fantasy Scape II Cross-section and close-up detail, 2002
frog vegetanimal outer space watercolor flash.jpg (124915 bytes)  frog vegetanimal vegetanimal closeup.jpg (117385 bytes)  frog vegetanimal eye and tentacle closeup.jpg (108972 bytes)
frog vegetanimal eye and tentacle closeup horizontal.jpg (92538 bytes)  frog vegetanimal frog closeup.jpg (94797 bytes)  frog vegetanimal bottom closeup.jpg (121962 bytes)
Frog Fantasy Scape III Featuring Frank and the Vegetanimal from Outer Space, 1-4-2006

Other Watercolors

vase and flowers.jpg (72743 bytes)
Vase with Flowers, 2001
watercolor sun.jpg (65561 bytes)
Sun, 2000   
mermaid.jpg (69442 bytes)
Mermaid, 2002
watercolorswirlcells.jpg (76916 bytes)  
Bioswirl I, 2000
bioswirl.jpg (76155 bytes)  
Bioswirl II, 2001
triangle eye.jpg (73869 bytes)
Triangle Eye, 2000
bird.jpg (71256 bytes)
Bird, 2001
watercolor sun and moon.jpg (66185 bytes)
Eclipse, 2002
(design later used on roof of art car)
watercolor horizontal bands.jpg (68886 bytes)
Horizontal Bands, 2000   
watercolor bright swirl 1.jpg (89372 bytes)
Untitled, 2001



watercolor calculated music.jpg (93647 bytes)
Calculated Music, 2000  
(enlarged view of calculator 
circuitboard and cd player lens)
watercolor bright swirl 2.jpg (78137 bytes)
Untitled, 2001



mushroom graded wash watercolor.jpg (67762 bytes)
Mushroom graded washes, 2000
14 X 20"
watercolor abstract name.jpg (66278 bytes)
Abstract Letters
of My Name, 2000
14 X 20"

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