The imaginary term “Duprass” was first coined by Kurt Vonnegut in his book Cat’s Cradle. The word became part of our vocabulary (and our life) since reading the book so many years ago. Lately, it has inspired the “Duprass” series of paintings and drawings.

To us, Duprass means:
Two people that are a Team of one.

“Duprass III”

Watercolor by John McLaren
Framed, 14×18

February 2022

“Another Duprass”

Ink by Cindy McLaren
Framed, 12.5×16

November 2020

“Duprass II”

Watercolor by John McLaren
Art, 9×12

November 2021

“Cindy’s Duprass”

Charcoal by Cindy McLaren
Framed, 12 x 14

March 2020


Watercolor by John McLaren
Art, 9×12

November 2019

Small Works

Small Works

John says:

Many of the small works I paint are no more than paint tests.  Cindy cuts them out and mats them and makes them art.

“Skipping School”

“I’ve Got You”

“The Grouper”

Cindy Says:

He paints ‘em, I pick ‘em. 😊 (for the most part HA).

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… Yes, they are paint tests, but they are very much a part of his art!

John at Work, April 2018

Layering and Masking – Three Watercolors

Layering and Masking – Three Watercolors

John says:

These three paintings represent a technique I’ve been playing with for about 2 years now. The technique involves masking off areas, applying a wash and repeating as necessary. The number of layers determines how detailed it can become. More layers provide more detail, but each additional layer degrades the freshness. Keeping the number of layers to a minimum forces me to find the shapes that best represent what I’m trying to convey.


“Street Music” was probably my first single layer (only one layer of mask).  “Underwood” is a more recent 3-layer piece.

“Street Music”


Cindy says:

“Folders” was the first painting that uses what John calls ‘Mac’s Gray’. It is his own mix of pigments and is included in his color wheel and palette. They called him ‘Mac’ in the Navy, and it stuck.

Find tips on making neutral tones on John’s Blog, “Many Ways to Gray“. Watch for more about ‘Mac’s Gray’, and other ‘magic mixes’ coming up in part 4 of this topic.