The rest, the artist describes by hand, variously in ink, acrylic, watercolor, and gouache. Ivy, moss, even trees grow off the arches. A railroad bridge is visible in the distance; there is flooding in the foreground. The water alone is gorgeous — reflective and murky, sprouting with plant life, shallow, but holding the whole picture up. The different textures and tonal values of the different mediums make for a lusciously complex image.
In a handful of smaller works, Lukas draws and paints over cityscapes torn from pages of books, taking pictures of functioning cities and turning them into disaster scenes; most are flooded with teal-blue water, with buildings half-immersed. Again, this artist's precision makes something rich of what might be a throwaway picture. His technique is all there and more. His imagery, though, needs to go even further.