Irenland Aran Islands pic

Working through the raindrops in Ireland. The ferry ride over to the Aran Islands was choppy. I can get seasick. I was just glad I got up early to eat breakfast. I photographed some pictures
The Aran Islands were just as beautiful, as I have been there once before and they still amaze me.

Ireland Aran Island House


Mercer County Artist 2018

 Mercer County Artists 2018

received the Mercer County Purchase Award in recognition of excellence in the artwork “White Dress” collection of Mercer County Division of Culture & Heritage



Current Art Exhibits


National Society of Painters and Casein and Acrylic, Inc.
64th Annual Exhibition
June 18 through July 6, 2018
Presentation of Awards Friday, July 6 between 6-7 P.M.
Located at The Salmagundi Club
47 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003

The Gallery at Mercer County Community College
Old Trenton Rd – West Windsor NJ
May 21 – July 9  /  reception/awards May 23
Mercer County Artists 2018 

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Working A Painting


Venice Bridges17


Paint a city scene full of light and energy. Simplify a complex composition into shapes and three values: lights, mid-tones, and darks. Begin with preliminary sketching necessary to distill the painting down to the essentials. You work light to darks while saving the whites, establishing focal points, architecture, and figures. Finally, add the darkest darks and tie the painting together with finishing touches.

Snowman or Snow Figure


Another Northeastern coming our way

My  snowman/snow figure I created in the last northeastern

I am tired of shoveling

So can this be the last northeastern with no accumulation?




“Orange” (May God Bless You) Watercolor Study on Stonehendge Paper


Watercolor study where I use transparent washes and glazes to form oranges. With a mixture of alizarin crimson and cadmium yellow. I block in the overall shapes of the oranges on damp paper. I allow this to dry before moving to the next stage. No

The next stage, I work wet-on-wet adding cadmium yellow. I build form and color, leaving small areas of the pale underwash and the white of the paper to create highlights.

I strengthened the form of the oranges with layers of transparent washes.

Finally, the cast shadow of the oranges is painted with washes and glazes of paynes gray and yellow ochre. A clean damp brush is used to soften the shadows. This also gives an impression that the oranges are sitting on a dish.

I also painted a thin glaze using cadmium orange over the entire piece.


Winslow Homer - Waiting for Dad


Winslow Homer is a painter of the 19th century.
Who was largely self-taught.
Homer started his career as an illustrator. He subsequently took up oil painting.
He worked extensively in watercolor creating plein air paintings.


Winslow Homer - The Gulf Stream

John Singer Sargent

Spanish Dancer (woman) c 1879-82, private collection, oil, 87.7 x 59.5 in

Sargent did a number of quick studies. His use of line rather than form created sketches with dashes, swirls, and squiggles.
He was a master at massing light and dark values.

John Singer Sargeant : Sketch of a Spanish Dancer : 1879    Pencil on Paper : Gardner Museum,  Boston                                                                      Spanish Dancer

Winter Landscape Painting


Landscape paintings of winter is not only white. Just like the darks in a painting, the lights or whites must be created through dynamic color mixing to grab a viewer’s attention.

Take every opportunity to mix colors and emphasize them. That’s especially true in a winter landscape. You see incredible color usage in winter. Shadows on snow are richly colored in blue and gray-violet, and the winter skies that can often seem one-dimensional are subtly prismatic. Pinks and greens and yellows are undertones you can see describing glowing sunrise or muted sunset .


Figure Drawing


Rodin drawing rendered at the Met.


Life drawing, the representation of the human figure, requires both technique and an understanding of human anatomy.

  1. apply expressive drawing techniques in capturing the human figure
  2.  draw the characteristic shapes and proportions of the human skeleton
  3. capture the basics of posture and motion through gesture drawing
  4. capture shapes and proportions of human anatomy and muscle mass
  5.  use contour and blind contour drawing to capture the shape of human subjects
  6. draw the proportions of the human face in frontal, profile, and three-quarter views
  7.   apply the concepts of volume, perspective, and shading
  8. apply tips for composition, including texture, balance, rhythm, variety, unity, and emphasis
  9. apply expressive drawing techniques in capturing the human figure 


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