Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Loner 17 x 11 pastel

Another still life from life.  I borrowed this urn from a friend and I must admit it was a blast to paint,
but tricky to draw— I am sure you will be seeing more of it.  The cherries, on the other hand, were forgiving, as cherries usually are.

Here is the still life set up

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Salmagundi Non-Member Show

What a surprise to find out Salmagundi has used the image of my painting Double Bass Scrolls*
in the banner advertising the 2016 Non-Member Show.

It's an honor to be juried into this show, along with fellow Hastings artists Ellen Hopkins Fountain
and Ed Fountain.

I hope you can stop by if you are in NYC in the next two weeks— better yet, come to the closing
reception and meet the artists on July 29th from 6-8 PM.

* Painted from the collection of fine basses at Samuel Kolstein & Son, Ltd. Violinmakers in Baldwin, NY.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Campari Trio

Campari Trio  6 x 6 pastel study   $44

I am still in the fruit basket. These are store bought Campari tomatoes, but I can't wait for my garden tomatoes to be ready to paint.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Peach Studies

Peach I Study  6 x 6 pastel

I am still in the fruit basket— who would have thought the same peach could look so different. I did Peach I but didn't think it was bright enough, so I tried it again.

Peach II Study  6 x 6 pastel

Here is a progress shot of the first one. I have to take more of the progress shots—I'll set a timer, I hear that works.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Plum I

Plum I  6 x 6 pastel study

I am enjoying this series. A collector said "More pears! More fruit! More pears! More fruit!" so I am going through the refrigerator and fruit basket.

Here is a progress shot, of the beginning. I always forget to take shots during the process.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Pear I

Pear I  6 x 6 pastel study  $44

I finally set up a still life box that seems to work for me. It's always good to start with the basics, ergo the pear. It's a forgiving shape that lends itself to all kinds of interpretation.

I've always felt a pear is a great place to start when you don't know what else to do.

Saturday, July 2, 2016


January Ewe 12 x 12 pastel

I will miss January Ewe, which has gone to a new collector.

It's always a little bittersweet to let them go, and this one was one of my favorites—it "painted itself".
I often don't know how the texture will work with the painting, but this one came together.