Monday, January 26, 2015


Sometimes, wonderful things can happen just by pushing & rubbing paints around…just being intuitive with the abstract shapes of the winter pines outside my window.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


My prefer medium for portrait is watercolor with it's subtle expressive potential for modeling the features with many thin layers of glazes. I'm lavishing extraordinary care on this project. But I'm ambivalent about portrait painting. I like the challenge of capturing a likeness, but painting should not mean slavishly copying a photo. Let's see how I feel tomorrow?

Monday, January 12, 2015


With tons of sketchbooks full of ideas, it takes a bit of serendipity to actually decide on a new project for 2015. My best friend's daughter just had a beautiful boy. It's special enough for me to sit down & start doodling. Borrowing from a classic theme, I'm approaching this Madonna & Child with more structure than my informal impressionistic works. 

Been refining the composition in a series of sketches. I use parallel strokes & cross hatching to add more life to this quiet study. With my aging eyesight, I wonder if I can still do figure painting.

Friday, December 26, 2014


The cleansing effect of the sea is good not only for the body but also for the soul… taking time out from the holiday music & rushing around.

Monday, December 15, 2014


A bit of everything with this new holiday design: classic New England winter sketch, swirly vines from nature against a tight rendering of winter holly, adding the scripture gives me an excuse to play with different fonts on photoshop.

Friday, November 21, 2014


Well, started this MADONNA & CHILD sketch before the baby is born. Baby Aiden is now 3 months old, thought I better work on baby Jesus before baby goes to college.