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M & P

pandemic watercolor couples portraits
"M & P," watercolor, 1 May 2020, paper 40" x 26", image 32 3/4" x 18 1/4" "M & P" was my first COVID-era watercolor and initiated the ongoing series of paintings that I call "Pandemic Pairs."

Brandi & Sarma

pandemic watercolor couples portraits covid nurses
These two woman are RNs in the Covid unit at Mercy Medical Center.

2019 Baker 6 C.jpgMichael & Josh

pandemic watercolor couples portraits skateboarders mask-free
It's hard to find a face mask at a skateboard park last summer. Just ask Michael & Josh


Ponemone watercolor target gunfire homicide
Living in a city with at least 300 homicides a year, mostly by gun use,I needed to do paintings that addressed the subject of you may be likely targets. "TARGETS 3X" is a grouping of three of these paintings (watercolors with gouache) that deal with the violent use of firearms. (Paper size: 40" x 75") These were the last set of paintings in my UP IN ARMS series that began in 2013 and ended in 2017.


About Scott

Baltimore City

Scott Ponemone's picture
I adapted my 2 by 2 watercolor portrait series to the COVID crisis. Once I got used to wearing a mask in public by March last year, I sought out people also wearing masks in order to record how the pandemic has forced/encouraged us to change our public persona. I began the 2 by 2 paintings of couples in 2017. Each in the series began by observing pairs of people usually in public places. I look for something rather unique and distinguished about them. Then I ask them to be instant models for... more

Beginning of "Pandemic Pairs"

Once I became comfortable wearing a mask in April 2020, I began a variation on the "2 by 2" series that I call "Pandemic Pairs." I wanted to reflect how the world abruptly changed after folks took the crisis seriously in Baltimore. I still asked people to stare at my iPhone and not to smile because a smile shows up in the eyes, not just the mouth. This sereies can be found at my website at:

2020 Pandemic summer

The series "Pandemic Pairs" can be found on my website at:

Pandemic Pairs" continues into 2021

The complete "Pandemic Pairs" series can be found on my website at:

"2 by 2"paintings before the Pandemic

These "2 by 2" paintings were completed between October 2019 and April 2020. A complete portfolio of the series can be found at:

"2 by 2" paintings through September 2019

More from my series of watercolor double portraits: from April 2019 to September 2019. Omitted are four paintings done in Tetuoan, Morocco, during an artist residency at Green Olive Arts. The complete series paintings can be found at:

  • Sierra & Arabella.jpeg

    "Sierra & Arabella," watercolor, 22 April 2019, image 33" x 16 3/4" (mother & daughter)
  • Dan & Terry.jpeg

    "Dan & Terry," watercolor, 6 May 2019, image 33" x 19"
  • Emma & William copy.jpeg

    "Emma & William," watercolor, 21 May 2019, image 32 1/2" x 19 5/8"
  • Jayden 7 Hannah.jpeg

    "Jayden & Hannah," watercolor, 3 June 2019, image 32 3/8" x 22 3/4". (Grandmother and grandson)
  • James & Isaac.jpeg

    "James & Isaac," watercolor, 9 July 2019, image 34 1/4" x 19"
  • NEW Sara & Lisa.jpeg

    "Sara & Lisa," watercolor, 19 July 2019, image 32 3/4" x 16"
  • Charlie & Tim.jpeg

    "Charlie & Tim," watercolor, 12 Aug. 2019, image 32 1/2"x 15 1/2"
  • Lindsay & Lavely.jpeg

    "Lindsay & Lavely," watercolor, 4 Sept. 2019, image 32 1/2" x 17 7/8". (mother & daughter)
  • Cary & Michael

    "Cary & Michael," watercolor, 25 Feb. 2019, paper 40" x 26", image 32 1/2" x 17"
  • Elliott & Abby

    "Elliott & Abby," watercolor, 17 Sept. 2019, paper 40" x 26", image 31 1/12" x 13 1/2"

"2 by 2" paintings through Feb. 2019

"2 by 2" watercolors painted between June 2018 and February 2019. The complete series paintings can be found at:

The start of "2 by 2" series

In the summer of 2017 I decided to see what would happen if I returned to photographing people in public spaces like as I was doing over 30 years ago. This meant not doing such programmatic paintings like the UP IN ARMS series that I worked on for four years starting in 2013. There I asked folks to hold up above their heads an object closely associated with themselves so that I could paint only their arms and the object. In returning to the whole figure, the resulting watercolors become portrature in a way that projects personal confidence and intiates a one-on-one conversation/confrontation with the viewer. A recent blog post of mine talks about how a group of paintings from 1983 is similar but much different from these new people-in-public-places paintings. Here's the link:


The use of guns is so epidemic in this county that this series is dedicated to the victims of gunfire. But it also raises questions as to who are the shooters and who are the victims and what are the relationships between the two. After I finished the painting, I went to an indoor shooting range and had each painting shot up.

These paintings from the winter of 2017 were the culmination of my "Up In Arms" series of watercolors that bergan in 2013. They can be viewed on my website at:

  • All 7 “Target” paintings

    This is how all of the “Target" paintings were displayed in summer 2017 at the Harford County Community College’s Chesapeake Gallery

    Ponemone watercolor target gunfire homicide
    TARGETS 3X, watercolor and gouache, 2017, combined paper sixe 40" x 75"

    Ponemone watercolor target gunfire homicide
    TARGET A, watercolor and gouache, 2017, image 33 1/4" x 16 1/2"
  • TARGET A detail

    Ponemone watercolor target gunfire homicide
    detail of TARGET A showing gunshot holes.

    Ponemone watercolor target gunfire homicide
    TARGET B, watercolor and gouache, 2017, image 35 1/4" x 18"
  • TARGET B detail

    Ponemone watercolor target gunfire homicide
    Detail of TaARGET B showing gunshot holes

    Ponemone watercolor target gunfire homicide
    TARGET C, watercolor and gouache, 2017, image 35" x 15 1/4"


This a grouping of paintings from my "Up In Arms" series that ran from 2013 to 2017. They can be viewed on my website at:


    Ponemone watercolor plastic dog
    KW-FAKE II, watercolor, 2013, image 30 7/8" x 18 1/4" This is one of the eight watercolors completed during a 2013 residency at the Studios of Key West (hence the KW designation).

    Ponemone watercolor cone plastic
    SOFT CONE, watercolor, 2015, image 29 1/2" x 13 1/4"

    Ponemone watercolor plastic tool box
    TOOLBOX, watercolor, 2015, image 29 1/2" x 20 1/4"

    Ponemone watercolor torso mannequin  plastic
    TORSO, watercolor, 2014, image 29" x 18 1/4"

    Ponemone watercolor road cone plastic
    ONE FOR THE ROAD, watercolor, 2014, 26 1/4" x 16"
  • FF CPR.

    Ponemone watercolor cpr dummy plastic
    FF CPR, watercolor, 2015, 29" x 16 1/4"


These paintings were part of my "Up In Arms" series of watercolor. They can be viewed on my website at:

  • FOOD

    ponemone food watercolor
    Eight watercolors, 2013-2015, assembled into an alternating protein/vegetable grid, measuring about 6.5' x 13'

    ponemone food watercolor chard
    CHARD, watercolor, 2013, image 25 3/4" x 15 1/2"

    ponemone food watercolor lamb
    MEAT:LAMB, watercolor, 2013, image 22 3/4" x 17 3/4"

    ponemone food watercolor eggplant
    RASING EGGPLANT, watercolor, 2013, image 24" x 15 7/8"

    ponemone food watercolor pigs
    MEAT:PORK, watercolor, 2013, image 20 1/4" x 19 1/2"

    ponemone food watercolor chickens
    TASTES LIKE CHICKEN, watercolor, 2014, image 26" x 19 1/2"

    ponemone food watercolor gourds
    WARTY GOURDS, watercolor, 2015, image 28 1/4" x 15 3/4"

    ponemone food watercolor goat
    MEAT:GOAT, watercolor, 2015, 28" x 16 1/4"

    ponemone food watercolor corn
    RAISING CORN, watercolor, 2013, image 25 3/8" x 15 1/2"