Sunday, November 22, 2015

And Now For Something Completely Different . . .

"Sunflower", Oil on Panel, 16 x 20

I took a little break from the drizzle of my rainy cityscapes to revisit my Caribbean market ladies.  I did a series of these paintings in pastel several years ago based on our trips to the island of St. Martin. We have not been back to St. Martin in several years so I more or less abandoned this subject matter.  But, I was feeling like doing something a little different so I pulled out the reference files.  This is probably a little more contrasty and saturated in some areas than the actual painting but I am pleased with it overall.  Shout out to Greg Little for the helpful advice!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cityscape Work In Progress

I don't usually post works in progress because it bothers me to see all the things I need to fix but it has been two weeks since the last post and I wanted to post something!  This is an 18 x 24 oil on linen cityscape of NYC on a late September afternoon.  There is a lot of scumbling, scraping and repainting here.  I like to build up texture slowly with thin layers which is why it takes so long to finish these paintings!!  Hope to have the finished version in a couple of days.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Time Square Nocturne

Well, it has been a long Summer and Fall!  I have just finally been able to get back into a regular painting schedule after several months of personal obligations and travel.  I did manage to get a workshop in with Donald Jurney last month in the Adirondacks in the midst of everything.  I will post some of those paintings in the coming days.  The painting above is finally finished!  it is the oil version of the pastel study posted back in July.  It is 20 x 20 and looks great in my new gray green frames from Randy Higbee in California.   I am happy to be back painting and back to blogging!  Hope some of you are still around ; ) !

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

New Cityscapes

"Times Square Glow", Pastel, 12 x 12

I'm finally getting some new work done and should have a few new pieces to show over the next couple of weeks.  This painting is a study for a 20 x 20 oil on linen.  I like the soft glow in the distance.  I hope I can keep that effect!  Stay tuned. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Human Connection

I want to share a comment I received in an email about one of my paintings.  The little study above, “Rain on Broadway”, was one of many paintings featured in a silent auction to benefit the Saratoga Preservation Society in Saratoga Springs the other night.  All of my paintings sold but this one sold during a preview showing and was not available during the auction.  When I got home I received a lovely email from the owner of the store that is featured in this painting. Here are a couple of lines from her email:
this is my corner, this is my store, this is a piece of my life. . . this moment you captured just stopped my heart. That quiet rainy evening on the corner where so much of my life has unfolded. If that corner could talk!!
I have to say this is one of the best emails I have ever received about my work.  It is so richly rewarding in so many ways.  And it encapsulates why I love these kind of scenes:  the stories, the history, the human connection.  Needless to say, I hope to create another piece that will touch her in the same way!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Hope and Memories

I am pleased to announce that two of my pastel paintings will be on view at the Adirondack Pastel Society's National Exhibit this summer.   There will be a reception on July 11th at the Shirt Factory in Glens Falls NY.  This painting was really done on a whim after finding an old black and white family photo while cleaning out my storage unit.  I love the facial expressions.  They seem so young and optimistic, don't they?  Hope to see you in New York this summer!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day

I know it seems like I only post on holidays but I have taken an oath to post more often!  I actually do post new images on instagram and so you are welcome to follow on those sites as well.   It has been a busy few months and Spring seemed to have lasted only a couple of weeks this year!  It went from snow to 80 degrees in the Northeast and then back down again in one month.  Hopefully summer is here to stay now.   Hope you are all enjoying your holiday weekend!