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!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


One thing leads to another...this illustration was started from seeds!

Nasturtium seeds were planted in early spring. The best way to paint a botanical is from one's garden!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


There's no shortage of lovely gardens in the Hamptons. East End of Long Island is famous for it's quiet beauty & light. But Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack, is truly special. This 2 acres garden is created by artist Rober Dash over a span of 50 years, using the earth as his canvas!

Hornbeam Bower, six little leaf hornbeam trees that have been trained into a bower in the Dutch manner.

Dash's remarkable sense of color & the way he inserted accents was unique. He revealed structure that others did not see.

Good examples of how architectural form can define a garden in all seasons.

Love this path formed with sliced telephone poles!

Eduard Manet said that mauve is the color of the atmosphere.

Gingko grove: a sculptural stand of fastigiate gingko & boxwood balls make for a wonderful modernist composition.