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!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

Hope everyone had a great Easter!  This was my Easter project for my nephews.  It took a few days but was fun to do.   My nephews definitely enjoyed the deconstruction project after dinner!

Not sure about the real eggs:  prefers the chocolate ones

Egg decorator extraordinaire

Now back to painting. . .

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Frost's Woods

I have started a series of posts about Visual Poetry which you can follow over on the New York North Fine Art blog where you can read some great posts by my friend Rita DiCaprio as well.  I have started a series of paintings that are based on poetry.  These are not intended to be literal translations but are visual ideas that hopefully communicate a particular mood or emotion in a poetic manner .   My first artist is Robert Frost (you will also be able to follow on instagram with the hashtag #robertfrostproject but there are only two so far!).  The poem referenced above is Stopping by the Woods on A Snowy Evening:

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.  
The only other sounds the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Golden Dusk

Golden Dusk, Oil on Linen Panel, 11 x 14

Hope everyone is staying warm!  I am thinking of summer as you can see.  I can't complain really since I've been in Florida for most of this terrible winter and am returning next week.  I am working on several new cityscapes and landscapes and hope to finish them before I leave.  Stay tuned!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Early Morning on the Beach Path

"Early Morning on the Beach Path", 9 x 12, oil on panel

This is a larger version of a 6 x 8 plein air oil sketch done earlier this winter.  It is on the grounds of the Bonnet House facing the beach.  I reworked this a few times and in doing so lost the transparency of the dark areas.  I like it overall but wish I had held off on those darks in the foreground.   I had to resort to opaque paint to lighten those dark shadows.  Lesson learned (but I will probably do it again . . ).

Sunday, January 25, 2015


"Intertwined", oil on linen panel, 9 x 12

The Bonnet House in South Florida has beautiful Melaleuca trees lining the drive to the main house of an old 1940s estate.  It is a beautiful spot to paint.  This was done in three sessions over a week or so.  Sorry for the poor photo - iPhone!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Moonlight Nights

"Moonlight Nights", 18 x 24, Oil on Panel

This painting is still a work in progress but it is mostly done and I have put it away until I can look at it with fresh eyes.  There is a group of really fine artists who post their work on Instagram and occasionally there is a "challenge" of some sort.  This was done for "the poetry of place" challenge which was started by Donald Jurney and has continued on for the past few weeks.  A poem is posted every Friday and the participating artists design and execute and a painting based on that poem.  This weeks poem is from Bernard Howe:

The clear sky seems to glow,
with the moon so big and bright.
Lighting up our hill sides,
with an iridescence light.

The shadows hide amongst the trees,
whilst I listen to the gentle breeze.
A night time opera in front of me,
a magical moment under a grand marquee. - Bernard Howe from "Moonlight Nights"

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year

"Chinatown Morning," 9 x 12, oil on panel

Hope everyone had a great holiday season!  It is hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone and here we stand in 2015 already!  I am eager to attack my long list of art goals for this year which I will discuss in more detail in subsequent posts.  My work process has evolved over the past year or two and I am trying to be more deliberate and focused in the development of the concept, the design and the execution of an idea.  My plein air paintings are primarily used as a studies right now and I have been doing a lot more drawing in the field which I enjoy.  I do still love the cityscape genre so you will be seeing more of these this year!