Reworking and playing with a motif

I completed a number of drawings of fresh or dried sunflowers. In order to push the work in a different direction, away from solely observational drawing, I used a variety of media (watercolor, marker, mixed media) on top of the drawing or I cut up the images and rearranged. These works feel more personal, moreContinue reading “Reworking and playing with a motif”

Portrait of Charlie

I had a great time creating a portrait of my daughter’s good friend’s 14 month old baby.  I took pictures of the painting in progress and made a short video that shows the painting as it transitions from beginning color blocking to finished work with details.  It was crucial to me that I get aContinue reading “Portrait of Charlie”

Works on paper ready for frames

These are some works that I recently matted.  They are all in 11″ x 14″ mats which fit into a standard frame.  Instant original art!  I work out ideas and experiment with materials on watercolor or drawing paper.  I will give you a good deal if you are looking for art for yourself or aContinue reading “Works on paper ready for frames”

Words on Art circa 1931

Still Life with Glass of Red Wine, Ozenfant, 1921 I’ve been doing a lot of research for the Impressionism to Post Impressionism art history class I am currently teaching . I have a book by the French cubist painter and writer Amédéé Ozenfant. I really enjoy his writing and it has been fun to justContinue reading “Words on Art circa 1931”

Watercolor Videos

Another activity I’ve pursued during the stay at home time is making watercolor instructional videos. A few neighbors are interested in learning watercolor so I decided to try my hand at youtube videos. The learning curve has been rather steep but I’m getting better and really finding the process satisfying. I keep thinking of differentContinue reading “Watercolor Videos”

Art in the time of covid-19

It’s April 28, 2020. I have to check my calendar because days and even hours run together. I’m working from home right now, although my studio has opened up partially. I’ve taken the time over the last 5 weeks to do a variety of things. My art studio is doing weekly challenges that keep usContinue reading “Art in the time of covid-19”

Marker studies

These works are all made with permanent Chartpak markers. I am exploring the colors and how they react on different types of paper. I was particularly intrigued with how the bleeding effect creates an optical effect so the work appears slightly out of focus. I am enjoying the white negative spaces, similarly to how IContinue reading “Marker studies”

Botanicals

As I walk my neighborhood in the fall I always collect leaves that catch my eye. This year I picked up some of the ones with brilliant red and orange colors but I noticed even the more mundane or muted leaves had incredible details. This lead to a series I call leaf portraits. Each paintingContinue reading “Botanicals”