Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Ucchia Marini carving a block

This is a painting of my dear friend Ucchia Marini, who along with her husband Mark are carvers and make beautiful stone sculptures. I painted this from life in the sculpture studios of the Art Students League of New York.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Under the North Light

Here's a painting of the north light studio of studio seven at the Art Student's League of New York.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Fulton Street Fish Market

Here'a painting that I painted at the Fulton Street Fish Market in Manhattan. I love doing these paintings of the fish market, all of which I made at 4:00 in the morning en Plein air.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Poet "O" of Central Park

I was painting en Plein air one fall day in Central Park and ended up doing a scene near the bandshell. On this occasion, as I was painting, a homeless person ambled up to me with what I thought would be a request for money. Instead, this scruffy character recited a poem he had conjured that very moment in homage to all Plein air painters everywhere. I was flabbergasted! When you paint on the street in Manhattan you develop a bit of a thick skin as its hard to not be conspicuous with a tripod and a pochade in open view. My normal (cynical)reaction would be to
try to avoid this guy but to my amazement, he gave me a gift of great eloquence. As I would later find out this fellow held degrees from NYU but had crashed and burned along the way of life and here he was and there I was.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Old St. Patrick's Cathedral

​Here's a nocturne I painted of Old St. Patrick's church in Manhattan. I was standing on the corner of Prince and Lafayette and had a little thumb box with me - very stealthy.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

In Central Park

A path in Central Park.. a moment in time that is captured by light and thought.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Giant Steps

I painted this scene on Bailey Island Maine at a place called Giant Steps. I painted from the same spot that Frederick Waugh used to paint from.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Easton Crape Myrtle

I painted this painting en plein air in Easton Maryland. The Crape Myrtle bush blooms in the late spring in Maryland and the color is brilliant, similar to Bouganvilla in intensity. Quinac Red Rose seems to be the only color that can do it justice.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Persian Vase

I painted this exquisite Persian vase with its emerald glaze and thought the purple plums and Chinese lanterns would compliment it nicely.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Red Buddha

I have a collection of carved buddhas... this red one is fun to paint as it has this amazing lacquer patina that glistens.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Hudson River Sunset

This is an encaustic painting that I painted from an oil sketch. It is a scene of the Hudson river from the Bard College campus in Annandale, NY.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Everglades City Town Hall

A painting that I made plein air of city hall in Everglades City, Florida. Rapidly vanishing old Florida in the middle of the Everglades.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

High and Dry

This is a painting I made plein air at the Conservancy of Southwest Flordia in Naples, Florida. Not far from the Carribean Gardens zoo, the conservancy occupies the Flieischman property which once was vast orange groves. As I was painting this scene I became lost in thought, as plein air painters often will, to be startled back into reality by the roaring of a lion. My first thought was that it must be a Florida panther and I kind of freaked. After a moment , I realized it was coming from the zoo, but the sound of the roaring lion carried through the orange groves and palms and really sounded like it was very close!

Monday, February 13, 2017

In the Barn

I painted this scene plein air in a barn near Yorktown, NY. The warm afternoon light silhouetted the cows' contra jour and this contrasted nicely with the cool light pouring into the barn from the east facing doors.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

A corner of the Studio

A corner of the Studio with accouterments of the painter's craft. The drapery and cast cabinet, the skeleton in its closet, canvases stacked above the small changing closet.a cast of Donatello's David for inspiration and the chair and coffee cup of the model who is posing just to the right, out of our field of vision.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

North light studio

Whilst painting the figure one morning in my friend Alex's studio, I opted to make my fellow sketch group artists the motif.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Offering

This is a painting that I made of a wooden chinese sculpture and an incense holder. I put a little smoke in to convey the notion of human activity.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Art Students League Sculpture Atelier

I painted this painting of the sculpture studios at the Art Students League of New York. I was making clay sculptures and learning casting for a time in the mornings there and was always fascinated by the skylit windows that face onto 58th Street. These northlight windows face onto the street and once had unobstructed light when the American Fine Arts building was built in 1892. Since then, Manhattan has grown up all around and I'll always remember the effect of working on my sculptures on a rainy day and seeing the New Yorkers with their umbrellas silhouetted against the dirty milk glass of these windows scurrying by- sort of like some painting that Manet or Degas would paint.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

North Light Studio

This is a painting I did of a fellow artist friend painting a still life, contre jour " against the day" of the window.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Art Class

I painted this scene at the Art Students league of New York. It is from the back of studio seven looking north toward the skylights. Holding forth with the brush and demonstrating the Art of Portraiture is my own teacher, Frank Mason.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Honeymoon Island.

North of Clearwater is a favorite place of mine. It;s called Honeymoon Island and there I can indulge in painting one of my most favorite motifs- palm trees.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Corner of the Studio

One afternoon, I painted a sunlit corner of a friends studio. I'm always fascinated by the way light cascades over objects as it moves across a scene.

Corner of the Studio oil on panel 18" x 24"

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Big Cypress

I painted this scene in Big Cypress swamp, halfway between Naples and Miami. I love painting palms and being far out on the boardwalk painting the scene in the middle of the jungle is exhilarating.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Central Park West and the Natural History Museum

On a blustery day in November, I painted this view of the Natural History Museum in Manhattan, The late afternoon light made the blue shadows really sing with color and I tried to get the feeling of motion/wind in the brushstrokes.