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Three watercolors of a new series of people in public places

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.

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Three more COUPLES paintings.

TARGETS 3X

Ponemone watercolor target gunfire homicide
TARGETS 3X. These are the first in a series of paintings (watercolors with gouache) that deal with the violent use of firearms. (Paper size: 40" x 75")

FOOD

ponemone food chain plant animal
FOOD: We are what we eat. More specifically we are what we agree to have raised to eat. We are atop the food chain. (This arrangement of watercolors: 70" x 103")

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After exhibiting many of my paintings from my lengthy UP IN ARMS project in the summer of 2017 at the Chesapeake Gallery at the Harford County Community College, I was inspired by watercolors I made in 1983 of people waiting to enter the National Aquarium in Baltimore. If I returned to painting the full figure, what would the new paintings look like. I discuss this effort to return to the future in a blog post on my website. Please see: http://www.scottponemone.com/sidewalk-studio-deja-vu/ I... more

COUPLES C

These five COUPLES paintings were completed between June and August of 2018. A complete portfolio of the series can be found at: http://www.scottponemone.com/portfolio/stand-ups/

COUPLES B

COUPLES watercolors painted between January 11 and April 2018. The complete COUPLES painmtings can be found at: http://www.scottponemone.com/sidewalk-studio-deja-vu/

COUPLES A

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: http://www.scottponemone.com/sidewalk-studio-deja-vu/

Most recent COUPLES

The first four watercolors in this project were painted with an artist residency at Green Olive Art in Tetouan, Morocco. The last paint is a very back-to-Baltomore image: a mother and daughter on their way to attend a Ravens football game.

TARGETS

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. This January I began painting the series and completed three TARGET paintings. Then I went to an indoor shooting range and had each painting shot up.

  • 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
  • TARGETS 3X

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

    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.
  • TARGET B

    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
  • TARGET C

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

PLASTIC

  • KW-FAKE II

    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).
  • SOFT CONE

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

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

    Ponemone watercolor torso mannequin  plastic
    TORSO, watercolor, 2014, image 29" x 18 1/4"
  • ONE FOR THE ROAD

    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"

BABES IN ARMS

In the beginning: From tabula rosa to

  • BABES IN ARMS

    Ponemone "Babes in Arms" watercolor
    BABES IN ARMS, watercolors, 2014 & 2015, combined paper dimensions: about 6' x 7'
  • ABoy

    Ponemone ABoy watercolor
    ABoy, watercolor, 2014, image 27 1/2" x 16"
  • HBoyButt

    Ponemone HBoyButt watercolor
    HBoyButt, watercolor, 2014, image 28" x 16 1/2"
  • BBoyButt

    Ponemone HBoyButt watercolor
    BBoyButt, watercolor, 2014, image 25 3/4" x 21 1/2"
  • WBoy

    Ponemone WBoy watercolor
    WBoy, watercolor, 2014, 26 1/2" x 13 1/2"
  • BGirl

    Ponemone BGirl watercolor
    BGirl, watercolor, 2015, image 25 1/4" x 17 5/8"
  • WBoyButt

    WBoyButt, watercolor, 2014, image 29" x 14 1/4"

FOOD

Eight paintings make a balanced diet.

  • FOOD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LIFE SAVERS SUITE

  • LIFE SAVERS SUITE

    ponemone "LIFE SAVERS" watercolors
    LIFE SAVERS, watercolors, 2015 & 2016.
  • FF HELMET

    Ponemone fireman Helmet watercolor
    FF HELMET, watercolor, 2016, image 26 1/4" x 15 1/2"
  • FF TANK

    Ponemone fireman oxygen tank watercolor
    FF TANK, watercolor, 2016, image 26 3/4" x 18 1/2"
  • FF CPR

    Ponemone fireman CPR dummy watercolor
    FF CPR, watercolor, 2015, image 29" x 16 1/4"
  • FF HOSE

    Ponemone Fireman Hose watercolor
    FF HOSE, watercolor, 2016, image 23" x 20 1/2"
  • FF JAWS

    Ponemone "Jaws of Life" watercolor
    FF JAWS, watercolor, 2016, image 24 1/2" x 21 1/2"

SCALES

I was thinking of this grouping as predators, but on second thought they have a more primitive commonality. They're all cold blooded and have scales.

  • SCALES

    Ponemone watercolor scales predators
    SCALES presents critters that share a like-mindedness: unapologic predation. This arrangement had a paper measurement of about 9' x 6'.
  • PYTHON FORE

    Ponemone watercolor python scales
    PT}YTHON FORE, watercolor, 2016, image 21 1/2" x 44 1/2"
  • PYTTHON AFT

    Ponemone watercolor python scales
    PYTHON AFT, watercolor, 2016, image 25 1/2" x 44 1/2"
  • KW-CAUGHT II

    Ponemone watercolor tuna scales
    KW-CAUGHT II, watercolor, 2013, 21 1/2" x 23 1/4"
  • KW-CAUGHT III

    Ponemone watercolor wahoo scales
    KW-CAUGHT III, watercolor, 2014, image 29 1/4" x 9 7/8" This painting of a wahoo is also a product of my Key West residency.
  • KW-CAUGHT I

    Ponemone watercolor scales barracuda
    KW-CAUGHT I, watercolor, 2013, image 17" x 28" Another Key West image. This time a barracuda