Friday, April 18, 2014

"Morning Stroll"

A more traditional looking that I mean that the colors are more like ones found in nature and not "invented" like I sometimes do.  This fine fellow is 15"x11" and is out for his morning stroll to survey his vast estate!  Join me at the Vermont Art Event this July 22nd where I'll be teaching a 3 hour class titled "Birds of a feather"..and we will paint a portrait of one of these colorful crowers.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fellow Dutchman

After a week off from my is my tribute to Rembrandt...trying in watercolors to imitate what he did with oils so many years ago.  Not really possible, but a fun project nonetheless.  The next step would be to set up a mirror in the studio and do a proper "selfie"....

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Here is the final installment in the lily series of works in progress...I guess this one could still be considered in progress, but at some point you have to put the brushes down and see if you like it..either like it enough to leave it, or like it enough to tweak other words "step away from the painting" and assess.

Monday, March 31, 2014

third round

Here is stage 3 of the lily can see the changes, but they are more subtle...small tweaks as the painting nears it's completion. I often get asked the question, "When do you know it's done?"...for me personally it's when I start "picking" at the painting and adding blobs and bits that aren't helping the overall when I start "fussing"'s time to put the brush away for a while and just live with the piece.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Stage 2

 The second stage in my lily painting.  Here I've worked with more of the background and started with the other blossoms and buds.  This piece was done with my new color palette and I am figuring out how the pigments interact and which ones I like and which ones I'm not too keen on...For those of you who have asked about the brand of paints on my new palette...I've updated my earlier post to list those.  Click on this link to go directly to that post.

Monday, March 24, 2014

let it mingle

Here is a start of one of my latest paintings..I have 3 more pictures in progress and I'll post those in sequence.  I start with a contour drawing without any shading or extra graphite...I've been known to roll a kneaded eraser over the paper to pick up extra graphite. Then I try to work with connected shapes and allow the watercolor to touch and mingle letting it do what it does best if we just let it!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Test run

I was asked to list my new palette colors from my post the other day, so here goes (starting top left): Permanent Yellow Lemon, Imidazolone Yellow, Cad. Yellow Dp (DV), Isoindolinone Yellow Dp , Brilliant Orange, Quinacridone Rust (MG), Vermillion (R), Pyrrole Red, Perylene Maroon, Pyrrole Rubin, Crimson Lake, Bright Rose, Quin. Violet, Permanent Violet, Horizon Blue, Turquoise Blue, Antwerp Blue (WN), Indanthrene Blue (DR), Anthraquinone Blue (MG), Indigo (WN), Bamboo Green, Shadow Green, Marine Blue, Viridian (S), Olive Green, Neutral Tint, Burnt Umber, Raw Umber, Imidazolone Brown, Gold Ochre (DV), Green Gold (DV), Naples Yellow (WN). I am currently playing with these colors and testing mix combinations etc...already drawing some conclusions, but it's too early to tell for sure...the above piece is my homage to Vermeer and a test run for the new palette. (All are Holbein unless otherwise indicated) ( DV DaVinci, S Sennelier, MG M.Graham, WN Winsor Newton, R Rembrandt, DR Daler Rowney)

Monday, March 17, 2014

New colors

I spent the better part of a day last week putting together a new to me palette.  I have my regular tried and true palette, but decided as a challenge and to spark some excitement to clean up a Holbein white plastic one and squeeze out colors that were all new and different for me from my vast collection of tubes.  I also divided the larger wells on this palette using glue from a glue gun to create a "dam" so I could fit in more colors!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spiky leaves

 It's about that time for spring thoughts and tulip dreams...but alas dreams they must remain since we are going to get walloped by a Nor'Easter!  So I'll huddle in the studio and occasionally come out to shovel some heavy wet snow.  And in the meantime I'll focus on negative foliage painting like these spiky tulip leaves.

Friday, March 7, 2014


I have the schedule for the classes that I'll be teaching at the Holbein Vermont Art Event this July.  It is as follows:  Tuesday 7/22 Birds of a Feather 8:30-11:30am (paint a colorful rooster), Wednesday 7/23 A Passion for Portraits 8:30-11:30am (paint a unique portrait), Thursday 7/24 The Many Shades of White 4:30-7:30pm (paint a predominantly white floral), Saturday 7/26 The Colors of Summer 9:00-12:00pm (floral composition).  Here is the link for their Facebook page..Hope to see you there!

Monday, March 3, 2014


This will be my figure of the month painting.  For those of you who don't know...I have a sidebar on my blog where I post a monthly figure painting.  Sometimes I will post the painting here first...but not always.  Thanks as well to all of you who responded to my last post's question.  All valid suggestions.  My ongoing inspiration and/or jump start when I'm feeling a bit uninspired is to go to my figure always sparks me to look and see in a new way..especially light and shadow and to measure, measure, measure!

Friday, February 28, 2014

A question

The winter continues here and I try to enliven the white, cold and windy landscape with an imagined "warmer" one with a rooster occupying his space in it!  This one is titled "out and about" and measures 7.5"x7.5".  I have a question for readers of this blog...what do you do when you hit a creative block?  Leave a comment on the blog so everyone can see your answers.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Flipping files

A little 7.5"x7.5" painting I did last year.  I take so many pictures throughout the year that I forget what's in my files and when inspiration is a bit low I peruse those files and each time new subjects jump out at me.  It's time once again to start flipping through and seeing what will appeal!

Friday, February 21, 2014

In the beginning

I love the starts of paintings or see the pencil lines and the initial application of pigments makes my heart beat faster.  The possibilities of where it might go, when it will be done, what colors will come next? etc..etc.. This watercolor (in it's completed and framed stage) is on display at the Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe, where I will be tomorrow from 2-4 to do a painting demonstration.  Maybe see you there!

Monday, February 17, 2014

demo and show

This weekend (Saturday February 22nd) I will be at the Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe for the opening of my show: "A Body of work" and I will be doing a demonstration from 2-4 p.m.  Hope you can stop by and see my figure and portrait paintings.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Value study

As promised here is the Value Lily...Done with Payne's gray in various concentrations.  The lightest values have the most water mixed in and the darkest value are almost pure Payne's just slightly watered down.  In the background where you see the stalks I wiped the damp pigment away with a paper towel and then restated the sharp edges once the paper was dry.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


The pure white of the lily...but the petals have touches of yellow, purple, blue and green...I recently did a value study of this painting, which I'll post soon...Value is's true.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Cold and color

The excitement of the Super Bowl is behind us and now we can look forward to the Winter Olympics! It's the little things that get us through the long and snowy weeks...oh that and some pigment flinging as well!  Always good to put those brushes to paper...makes things a lot more colorful :)