Watercolor – Salvador Dalí once lamented, “So little of what could happen does happen.” He continued: How wonderful it would be if, when he ordered lobster in a restaurant, he would instead be served a flaming telephone book. I agree with him wholeheartedly. This watercolor began as a straightforward painting of a canoe and some lily pads. Then I wondered, why can’t lily pads float above the surface of the water as well as on it? Why, no reason at all.
After many years of painting landscapes and city scenes, curiosity drew me towards the vivid images of my dreams. I was aware of the works of Joan Miró, Max Ernst, Dalí and Paul Delveaux, but only gradually realized that the images that arose in my own sleep were just as worthy of being painted as the scenes I observed during my waking hours. They are formidable challenges to paint, and if I were confined to painting either the waking or sleeping aspects of life, I would paint dreams.