Vint Sawrence watercolors, Studio Gallery, 2014 P St. NW. Opening Tuesday, April 26, 6 to 9 p.m., show continuing through May 14, Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. 466-2736.

"Color and line come out of two different sides of your head," claims painter Vint Lawrence, usually known as caricaturist Vint Lawrence. Unlike most painters, he starts his watercolor paintings with the color, then fills in the line. But Lawrence always did have an original point of view, often depicting his subjects' faces as relief maps and such. His new watercolor paintings are as playful, as intelligent, as amusing as his old caricatures. But they are prettier. The lines swirl and dip and tie themselves into knots which unravel at the mental tug of a thread. These pictures are aesthetic games, contrasts of vivid and delicate colors with spaces bouncing between so that they sometimes seem to vibrate. His floral paintings are a thinking man's flowers; his landscpaes look like illustrations for grownup fairy tales; his operetta characters - from the Turkish Waiter to the Prussian Minister - are hilarious. See for youself at his first watecolor show, which opens Tuesday.

Opening Tuesday, April 26, 6 to 9 p.m., showing continuing through May 14, Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. 466-2736.