"The Jersey Devil"
This sketch brings the legend of the Jersey Devil to life. I like how every-day
nature and the devil are intertwined in this piece. I can think of two interpretations
of this. Maybe the sketch is saying that we don't fully understand nature and
that there are real 'devils' out there... like Ebola. Or, maybe it's saying that
we don't spend enough time trying to understand nature and thus misinterpret
normal things as 'devils'... the hoot of an owl which becomes, in our imaginations, the
moaning of a tortured soul.
This is a portrait of my niece Crystal. She is holding a Shirley Temple doll
that my Mother used to play with when she was a child. I like the use of
color in this piece. The yellows and reds hold the painting together very
well. Also, the continuity in color seems to act as a metaphor for the generational
continuity hinted at by the doll.
I think watercolor really shines when it is used to depict water such as a
tidal pool (as in this piece) or a stormy sky. The flow of the paint seems
to capture the flow of water very nicely.