|"Amy's Barn" 10x10" Acrylic Buy Info|
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
|"Zig Zag Thru Midtown 2" 14x14" Buy Info|
Well its not the cover of the Rolling Stone, but it's a cover! One of my paintings is featured on the front of City Magazine this season. I like the way the art director coordinated the masthead and text with the colors in the painting.
A nice result of this art usage is that the day after it hit newsstands I was commissioned to do a 60"x60" painting of a panoramic view from a high-rise NYC apartment. This view encompasses all of Long Island City to the east, the UN building in front, Lower east side/FDR, Williamsburg Bridge in the far background all the way to the Empire State building on the West. Its a total horozontal format that I will be turning into a perfect square. Unfortunately there is an obnoxious Trump building on the far right (naturally). But I'm not concerned, it will be edited out of existence. Artistic license... or maybe artistic revenge...
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Monday, August 24, 2015
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015
|Phyllis and Esther Acrylic 10x10"|
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Thursday, August 13, 2015
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
|"Greek Courtyard" 8x10" Acrylic $295 Buy Now|
Monday, August 10, 2015
|"Last Room" 8x10" Acrylic|
Saturday, July 4, 2015
|"Green Lakes Park" 9x12 Acrylic More Info|
I'm leaving tomorrow for New Hampshire, to teach a 4 day plein air workshop. We will paint the lush scenery and grounds surrounding the Gibson House B&B, I'm looking forward to it. Happy 4th of July!
Thursday, June 25, 2015
|"Ray's and Margaret's Backyard" Acrylic 10x10" Click for Info|
I'm gearing up for my plein air workshop in New Hampshire, and decided to paint one of the views from my studio window. I didn't pick it because it inspired me, I actually picked it because it didn't inspire me, so that made it more challenging. (photo below) I wasn't sure beforehand what the focal point was going to be or what I was going to play up. But I eventually figured out a direction to go in and like the way it turned out.
Monday, June 8, 2015
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Below is a painting from one the so-called "beginner" students. I have included the still life reference so you can see how she interpreted it. Is this painting cool or what? Love the stylization and color translation.
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Monday, May 25, 2015
|"Blue Cup" Demo 8x10" Acrylic (SOLD)|
|"Orange Slices" Demo 8x8" Acrylic (SOLD)|
One of the best things about teaching workshops is the mutual sharing. I share what I know and in return my students share their interpretations of what I am teaching. I am often most inspired by the so-called "beginners" who interpret the assignments and exercises in such fresh and unexpected ways.
I just returned from teaching a 5 day workshop at Greenville Arms, where I had the pleasure of working with a fabulous group of talented, inspiring, inspired artists. I learned at least as much from them as they (hopefully) learned from me. We had a great time. They teased me about how I don't blog anymore, so I will try to remedy that.
Above are photos of Day 1's Demos: The goal was to show how to paint quickly using big brushes (2"), demonstrating my process. Each was completed in less than 25 minutes.
On Day 5, we started out the day doing an exercise where we all worked from the same still life. The intention was to incorporate the fundamentals that we worked on the previous 4 days: simplified values, value to color translations, brushwork, speed. I gave them verbal instructions, step by step, mostly what value to use, not so much what color to use. I couldn't see what they were painting and many of them couldn't see what I was painting. What a surprise when I turned around and saw their paintings... WOW!! I wanted a group photo with all these amazing paintings in one shot, here it is, below.
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Friday, April 10, 2015
|"Beach Scene" Acrylic 11x14|
Saturday, March 28, 2015
|Harlem Watertowers Acrylic, 14x18" SOLD|
Sunday, February 8, 2015
|"Rooster 1" Acrylic, 12x12" $250 Click to Buy|
|"Rooster 2" Acrylic, 12x12" $250 Click to Buy|
I was invited to do a painting demonstration on Friday night at the National Arts League in New York. The demo was to be from 8-10 pm. I knew in advance this may be a problem, so I came prepared. The first demo was finished in about 20 minutes. I brought out my second canvas and jumped into the next painting, done in about 1/2 hour. Since I teach "how to paint fast, loose and bold" I figured it's a good idea to practice what I preach. There was plenty of time left over for coffee and cookies, Q and A, general chit chat about current museum shows, etc.
The demo was started with a 2 " flat brush and ended with a liner, to put the small highlights on the rooster's red "crown". Below are some photos taken by Suzie Alvey, which made me realize I have a habit of sticking out my tongue while I paint. I guess there are worse habits, right?
Sunday, January 25, 2015
|"Crossing First Ave." NYC Acrylic 16x22" $350 Click to Buy|
Here is another Tetrad color scheme (four colors), Purple, Red, Blue and Yellow. It started out as a complimentary color scheme but then I decided it needed more color pizazz! Love this guy crossing the street - I actually saw him walking in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and decided that one day I would stick him in a painting. Well here he is, crossing First ave. (even tho he was really walking down 5th ave.) Artistic license, love that too.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
|Upper West Side Corner 15x15", Acrylic $300 Click To Buy|
This is a "Tetrad" color scheme (4 colors) - purple, blue, yellow and red. I worked from a teeny tiny b/w photo taken years ago. I think the painting has the feeling of the scene - and thats what I was after.
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Monday, January 19, 2015
|JazzJam 12x16" Acrylic $300 Click to Buy|
I will be teaching "Fast, Loose and Bold Painting" on the stunning island of Skopelos in Greece, from September 2 - 13. If you want to join me, enroll by January 30 and and you'll save $150! Click here for more information.
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014
|"Tenor Player" Acrylic, 9x11"|
Happy Holidays to everyone!
Friday, December 19, 2014
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Thursday, November 27, 2014
|"Indian Corn" 9x12", Acrylic More Info|
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
|"Pink Gerbera" 8x8" Acrylic (Sold)|
Seems like I've been away forever, one workshop after the next - all really fun, then a trade show out west. As always, the best part of workshops is meeting new artists and making new friends.
I am finally home - for one day - then back on the road to see my folks for Thanksgiving. Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday.
Posted above is one of the demos from the Carmel Workshop.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
|"Cheries Amour" 11x14" Acrylic on Paper|
I'm getting ready to leave town to teach a 5 day "Loosen up" workshop in Carmel, then a 3 day beginner workshop in San Clemente. Wanted to do some warm up exercises and started with one cherry, then another emerged, then suddenly I had cherries on the brain and couldn't stop painting them. They provide an easy way to observe highlights, form shadows, cast shadows, reflected light, reflections, halftones, etc. When I get to CA I will be buying fruits and vegetables as props for the workshop... Cherries are at the top of my list ... edible, tasty props... love 'em!
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
|"Boat at Lake Trasimeno" Acrylic 8x10" Sold|
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Thursday, September 18, 2014
|"Tuscany Sunflower Field" 10x12" Acrylic $300 Click to Buy|
Friday, September 12, 2014
|"Studio Sunflowers" 8x10" Acrylic $250 Buy it Now|
What do sunflowers have to do with making lemonade? Maybe nothing, but while I was painting these from my studio window all I could think of was that I was making lemonade from lemons. The flowers are certainly not in their best form, as you can see in the photo (below). The light and shadow were nothing to speak of either.
So why did I choose to paint them when there were probably better subjects with less challenging issues? Well, for the challenge. When painting plein air sometimes your view and subject matter is simply a painting waiting to happen. Other times there are factors that are not exactly working in your favor. Thats the thing - you never know till you get there. Lately, in preparation for my Tuscany workshop, I've been treating myself to some "worst case scenarios" to see what tricks I can pull out of my hat. Which may be totally overkill... I mean really, a bad view or uninspiring light in Tuscany? It must be the virgo in me over-preparing as usual. Or maybe it was just another excuse to paint sunflowers.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
|"Next to Compton's" 12x12" Acrylic Click for Info|
Monday, September 1, 2014
|"Lavendar Lane" 12x12" Acrylic Click for info|
Friday, August 29, 2014
|"Nyack Houses" Acrylic 12x12" Click for info|