Friday, June 17, 2016


I try to stop by Montgomery Place about this time, to visit the garden. It's a 19th century estate overlooking the Hudson River. Aside from the peaceful garden, there's a network of trials & paths with views of the river & the Catskill Mountain. There is a large orchard on the property. When it's in season, the farm stand sells over 60 different varieties of apples & pears. One of the prettiest farm stand in the area.

kneaded eraser on tone paper

light & dark green pastel for values

yellow pastel for the roses in the foreground

Friday, June 3, 2016


As much as I enjoy experimenting on what I can do on Photoshop, nothing beats working with real paints & fresh blooms from the garden.

sample card & original artwork

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Got rid of tons of books over the years, but there's always a new book to add to my library. It's worth the money if the book can inspire me to get out the paints.

Monday, May 16, 2016


Even with all the traffic in the gallery, sitting in the middle of Monet's waterlilies is still a meditative experience. The 8 panels inside Musee de l'Orangerie offer a haven of peace among the hustle & bustle of the city.

Monday, May 9, 2016


Aside from practicing & training my eyes with sketches, 

I get to come home with a few paintings, a most productive month!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


My annual pilgrimage to Giverny... it's not so much a garden of flowers as of colors & tones. One hour from bustling Paris, Monet's famous house & garden sit quietly along the river valley & lush farmland. Early spring colors come from thousands of bulbs.

Thursday, April 28, 2016