Friday, August 26, 2011


once again, drawing over a charcoal rub makes it easier...the lines to this sculpture are pretty obvious to my painter's eyes, talent is desire, the rest is practice practice practice...

Thursday, August 25, 2011


After trying various mediums, a charcoal rub turns out to be the best way for me to sketch this marble statue at the sculpture court at the Metropolitan Museum. Like everything else, the more you draw, the more you know. It gets easier by choosing the tools to express the image. The wonderful thing is that there is something new to learn no matter how much you already know.


TIME spend at the Metropolitan Museum is always well spend. At the airy sculpture court, chairs are provided for resting, or a quick sketch... the simplicity of a charcoal rub with a few highlights with a kneaded eraser is all I need for this sketch...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


To balance off my immense solitude in the country, I look forward to my breaks in New York City. If one cant be in Paris, NYC is the next best thing for an artist. So many opportunity to observe, explore, & discover. With this sketch, I'm giving my feet a break from too much exploring, once again, using the light & shadow to capture the mood of a Summer afternoon at CENTRAL PARK...while I was sketching, the earth moved in the East Coast!

Monday, August 22, 2011


shimmering light & velvety darkness that reveals itself in the hours between dusk & dawn ... the silhouette of the tree trunks is done with a few strokes of PITT 4B graphite, & a touch of pastel to indicate the pond, VIOLA

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


a most unusual thing happened this week while I was gardening, a butterfly landed on me...I wonder if this will bring me lots of good luck...whatever the reason, it's reason enough to go into my studio & work up more butterfly designs...

Saturday, August 13, 2011


LOL...spend all morning trying to stay on top of all these social media stuff, a very frustrating morning... went to the local berry farm to de-stress, baking a rasberry pie might be the only creative thing I do this weekend!

Friday, August 12, 2011


Beneath a Full Moon... this watercolor sketch is from my visit to an old friend; since I moved from the Connecticut shoreline area, old neighbors with beach houses come in handy...more opportunity to explore ways to paint water

Monday, August 8, 2011


well, from abstraction ... I needed to define it more to express this great feeling of peace of a foggy sunrise ...


same sketch as yesterday ... working from memory, I'm refining it more to be more realistic, something beautiful happened that I did not intend ... with every accident, you make a choice, use it or correct it ... will have to look at this tomorrow


continuation of my summer pond series ... I'm taking an abstract approach to this ... at 5:30AM, except for the shape of the pond, it's one big dark shape ...


the nature of being an artist is to change constantly... which is why I love quick sketches, I'm free to experiment & explore ... I'm spending more time this Summer with ways to paint water, this sketch happens because I feel like I'm on top of the world while swimming in the pond one lovely Summer morning ... the pond contrast nicely with the dark pines

Thursday, August 4, 2011


from a small sketch on July 19.... finally got around to working up a finish