Tuesday, March 5, 2019

My Top 10 Favorite Park for Sketching

 Planting Fields Arboretum : an arboretum & state park covering over 400 acres in the village of Brookville on Long Island, NY. Beautiful estate with greenhouses, gardens & exotic trees makes this my top 10 favorite park for sketching.

The Camelia Greenhouse has over 300 plants

A botanical marvel with rare species of trees & plant collection

Friday, February 22, 2019

Anatomy Study at the Metropolitan Museum

So many statues & so little time. I generally pick ones with a simple line, so I don't get bog down with details. 

A couple of rough sketches to see if I can get the gesture.

Time spent on the descriptive detail is part of the learning process.

Having a library at the museum is a big plus for refining my drawing.

As you can see, aside from a more comfortable position for drawing, I'm surrounded by original art & thousands of art books.

This highly finished study took me 4 hrs at the museum

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Drawing School

Been drawing since my college days...I have yet to feel confident with my drawing skill.  Still practicing, every chance I get.

Museums are the best drawing school!

Musse Rodin, Paris

The Metropolitan Museum, NYC

Friday, December 21, 2018

Friday, September 21, 2018

Exploring the Possibility in Nature

There's never just the right color to copy nature, so one has to use whatever is at hand. Make whatever relations are necessary to make the color scheme work. I start with Phthalo Blue as underpainting. It's my current infatuation.

I want to evoke the magic of the woods at dusk.

The artistry is not in matching a given color, but rather in matching its effect: its luminosity, its weight, its modification of the colors around it.

Lots of back & forth ...this is my finish version, for now!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

New Design for License

A simple example of how I create a new design for license. This is my recent illustration of some farm fresh sunflowers.

This summer cottage was painted years ago. I layered the sunflower stilllife onto this summer landscape. Nothing beats the joy of working with real paints, but photoshop can help me tell a better story...check out my New Sunflower Greetings.