Tuesday, February 21, 2017


A small job took me to Gramercy Park this weekend. With the fine weather & a key from the client, I was able to get past the park's iron gates. The Gramercy Park Garden is the only private garden in NYC. I used to pass by this neighborhood on my way to class.

a little detail on a wall can go a long way

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

How to Draw a Horse

With a horse sanctuary in my neighborhood, I have no excuse not to stretch my drawing skill. Whether drawing a tree or a horse, if one can see the shape of the subject, that's half the drawing. I like to lay down a general outline of the  shape onto tone paper. For this sketch, a soft 8B pencil on pastel paper gives me  nice grey shades when I do a little rubbing over the lead. 

I use a kneaded eraser to lift off some of the grey to indicate the muscle of the horse. Just a little light is enough to show the forms.

The final step for this sketch is the high light. I use a white conte pencil to show the sun light falling on the horse.

behind the wheels, my car as my studio

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Jazz up your envelope with DIY

Decorated envelope makes for a great first impression. I start with a marker and some simple swirly patterns that I like. 

Using the printer, I can scale it to fit the envelope. Transfer tracing of swirls onto envelope.

Hand glitter is the icing on the cake. 

It's fun to experiment with different color markers on different shades of envelope.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

City Mouse vs Country Mouse

December is a good time to soak up the hustle & bustle of NYC ...

then come back to my studio to connect with nature. The wonder of it all!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Winter Wonderland with Pigments

I can design a winter collection anytime. But nothing beats a foot of snow to inspire me to focus on the wonder of the season.

Quinacridone Red is one of my favorite red. It takes an extra step, but sometimes I like the process of making my own paints. This Quinacridone Red Pigment  gives me this beautiful luminosity, that a tube of paint cant give me.

From painting to New Artcard on sale at Etsy....https://www.etsy.com/listing/481659522/magenta-snowy-5x7-artcard-with-hand?ref=related-3

Thursday, November 10, 2016

From sketches to a Mural

Trends come & go, & no two project is ever the same. That's why I've painted so many different things professionally. I was definitely getting more mural commissions back in the 90's, when the real estate market was booming. My most recent mural was a dream job. I get to paint a summer garden! Unlike commercial art, there's only one client I need to please. Working on a  mural is the closest thing to doing fine art. Still, alot of time was spend on submitting sketches for approval, before the actual painting starts on the job site...have brushes, will travel!

sample reference & sketches

more impressionistic for the underpainting

  this garden calls for more realistic rendering

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Nantucket Ramblings

New England has tons of beautiful destinations. Nantucket, MA remains top on my list, especially in the off season. This pristine whaling town just exudes calm & elegance, as soon as you step off the ferry. The combination of easy biking, historic houses, cottage gardens, endless beaches, shops & great restaurants keep me coming back.

The hobbit-like cottages of Siasconset is straight out of a fairytale. Infact, these adorable beach cottages are the inspirations for my logo.