Sunday, April 26, 2015

Harbormaster's House

Yes, I know. Watercolor is loose and splashy. Everything is supposed to be wet and runny.  Nobody told me that when I started, and by the time I'd been doing it long enough to have some sense of the norms I'd already decided what I like.

I still try to work wet on wet and do work that looks more like traditional watercolor (like the one below) but subjects like this - interesting architecture - will probably always appeal to me, and I like painting them this way.


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Winter Blues - Or, Painting Neuhausen

Blue is an important color because it can convey a lot of information about things like temperature and spatial relationships. Our eyes read a shift toward blue as an indication of distance, and blue shadows look cooler than their surroundings. That means that a winter landscape, with all its shades of blue, presents a lot of unusual technical challenges, most of which made themselves known as I was working on this painting.

This is a view of Neuhausen during last weekend's brief snowstorm, which was interrupted by moments of bright sunlight.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year


I like to start the new year with a new painting. This isn't finished, but it's as much as I've gotten done on this first day of 2015.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Landscape with fog

These days it's usually foggy and dark as I drive to and from work, which means I spend a lot of time thinking about painting landscapes that are foggy and dark. Here's one I did as soon as I got in the door this evening.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Bad First Impression

Someone who calls herself an executive recruiter asked to establish contact with me on one of those professional networking sites I got suckered into joining. Here's her attempt at making a good first impression. Aside from the highlighting I've done, it appears exactly as she posted it. There's nothing added, nothing subtracted:


I initially study the job position for which the recruitment is carried out. Then specifies the job description by considering the different skills and qualities essential for the particular job position. This study also helps them to analyze the candidates during the interview process. Many a times the organizations hiring the third party recruiters provide adequate information about the job description.

As an executive recruiter, i have Excellent communicating skills, both written as well as verbal, Knowledge about personnel recruitment procedures, Expert in providing trainings .Adequate knowledge about labor relations, Providing efficient customer and personal service, Expert knowledge about management principles, Knowledge about using various computer software, Knowledge about human psychology, Expert resume reading skills.

My responsibilities are:
Understanding the actual job profile for which the recruitment has to be done
Studying the job position thoroughly and gathering all the necessary information about the particular job profile
Communicating with the supervisors and subordinates about the skills required to undertake the particular job
Preparing appropriate job description according to the analyzed job profile and requirements
Establishing and maintaining constructive and cooperative working relationships
Undertaking recruitment process by shortlisting candidates according to their resumes and personal interviews
Assessing good as well as bad qualities of the candidates and judging them efficiently
Interacting with the people outside the client organization, but related with that respective organization
Organizing, managing and prioritizing work effectively
Documenting and recording the information
Analyzing the gathered information and making quick and effective decisions
Evaluating the information and determining the compliance with standards

Who knows what will happen when I retire from the Air Force? Maybe I'll have need of an executive recruiter. I doubt it, but the future is wide open, so it's pretty hard to say definitely. One thing I can say with 100% certainty though, is that this particular executive recruiter (even with her "Excellent communicating skills," and "Adequate knowledge about labor relations,") will not be the one I turn to.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Four New Paintings

Here are a couple portraits I've been working on. Each presented its own challenges.

The photo I used as a basis for this portrait was taken in a location that was not very interesting. I moved Sibylle and her horse to the hill above the village, and I'm pleased with the way it worked out.

I often walk Bica at a time when the morning light is low. It hits the top of the trees and leaves the low sides of the hills in shadow.

The vineyards take on unbelievable colors in the fall.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Bica's Morning Run


There are plenty of mornings when I don't feel like walking my dog. I'm usually feeling sleepy or thinking about work, or worrying about a host of things that seem more important than letting the dog go outside to relieve herself.

Once we get out the door though, and especially once we get outside the confines of our village, where I can slip off her leash and let her run - then I never fail to be grateful for something that forces me outside into the morning a little earlier than I would be otherwise. Watching her run makes me happy.

That's what this painting is about.