Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Illustrating Children's Book

Came upon a drawing by Ingres at the  Metropolitan Museum recently. Every book project I did always started with an artist.                   
For Little Women, Ingres's meticulous precision with just a pencil was a major influence.

Thursday, January 18, 2018


Whether it's one day or one week in Paris, Montmartre is my top personal pick.

Of all the neighborhoods of Paris, Montmartre offers me endless possibilities. This sketch was inspired by the moody paintings of Maurice Utrillo. All his life, he painted scenes of Montmartre, where he lived. A torture artist, brushes & canvases helped him to overcome the struggle of daily life. Head over to my instagram, to see more Paris sketches.

The church of St Pierre is on top of Paris, behind the famous Sacre Coeur.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Catching the Light at Central Park, NYC

I know the light is going to hit the back, before it shifts. So I start off by applying  a wash of luminous yellow green for the underpainting. The flowers in the front are in the shade, I have plenty of time to work on the foreground.

This #3 Kolinsky sable brush is just right for the flickering leaves.

The difficult part is to see if I can create just the right balance of lights & darks from the setting sun.

For speed, nothing beats a few strokes of pastel over watercolor.

Pastel is the perfect medium for a quick application of colors.

Friday, October 27, 2017


Getting out my Paris souvenir for this humble Marigold. I've been painting florals with watercolor for so long, I thought I would experiment with oil pastel on canvas paper.

I love how the texture of the paper ia affecting the feel of the petals. The tip of the oil pastel is just right for indicating the green leaves.

Experimenting with touches of turpentine wash, just to see what happens...

Really like the smoothness of the wash, a nice contrast next to the texture of the flowers.

I love happy accidents!