Thick water

Christopher RobinOur Town Arts

What’s in a title?

The naming of a painting is usually secondary to the actual execution, and the story about it runs third. Occasionally, though, I know the title as I work. The color, contrast and textures lured me to the scene at UT Gardens, but the stuff on top of the water held my gaze, while the bullfrogs had my ears.

There are so many analogies and idioms for water. Still waters run deep. Clear as water, walking on water, water off a duck’s back, are a few examples. I don’t know a proverb about thick water and viscosity just doesn’t seem artistic. There are things thinner than water and wetter than water, and many thicker than water.

Paint is thicker than water.

Photographer Chris and painter Robin Rohwer each week share a painting or photograph that captured their interest in hopes that it will also capture yours. They have a small studio and gallery in the Phoenix Building at 418 South Gay Street where you can stop and see their work. Their website is All works are copyright protected.


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