Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Sketching at the Coffee Exchange

 Yesterday I got some coffee and sat and sketched people for a while, then snapped a quick photo before I left for painting reference. Below is the sketch I did while I was there of this patron reading the paper.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6"

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Pastel portraits

A couple of recent ones, pastel on 1/2 sheets of Canson paper. Getting models to put their hands back in the same position each time- not so easy.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Figures and portraits

The Cape Cod Museum of Art is hosting a show titled "Life Studies: Figurative Artists at the Schulenberg Studio" now until Jan. 10. Yesterday they recreated, in a gallery in the museum, the figure painting group that meets regularly in artist Paul Schulenberg's studio in Eastham, MA. Above are some sketches I did while they were painting the model. Below are some photos of the group in action.There were about 20 artists painting.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Two men at the Seaplane Diner- sold

Oil on panel, approx. 6" x 10"
I did this painting from sketches and a photo taken last spring.You can see the original post here:


It's that time of year again- when Ed and I get together at 6AM to sketch, it's dark and cold, so we have to find  someplace with heat and coffee.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Portraits in pastel

Last night's model was Jeff, and I went back to using pastels, on Canson paper.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Marsh in autumn colors

Oil on panel, 8" x 10"
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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Ben Fenske demo

I've been admiring Ben Fenske's work for a while and had the opportunity to see him do a demo yesterday. He painted from a live model with about 25 people in attendance at a studio in Waltham, MA.
Ben sat while he painted and started off with a special paintbrush- two paintbrushes taped together to  make a longer handle so he could get a little more distance between himself and the canvas. I'm going to try that! He used Utrecht bristle brushes, mostly sizes 4, 5, and 6, long filberts and flats. Unlike me, he doesn't keep a container of mineral spirits to swish his brushes around in. Instead, he holds 8-10 brushes and uses a different brush for each color. All he had was a little container for his medium, which was linseed oil and turp.

He painted on Claessen's pre-primed linen. He had washed some color onto the surface of the canvas before he started. His favorite surface, he said, is an old painting, because he likes the unexpected colors and texture that he gets that way. He doesn't do that for demos because it would be too difficult for people watching to see what he's painting. He spent a lot of time trying to get an accurate drawing to start with, carefully measuring and comparing.

This is the painting after two and a half hours (including breaks). The last thing he did was to put in the warm red on the shadow side of the model, which really started to bring it to life. He will often put aside a painting for a few weeks so that he can look at it with fresh eyes to continue work on it.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Frost on the Pumpkins

Oil, 11" x 14"
I painted this a few years ago but never posted it. It seemed like an appropriate image for today, 35F when I got up this morning.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Adamsville Landing, Westport

Oil on board, 6" x 6"
Lovely spot to spend a morning painting, as the tide goes out.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

The ferry to Prudence-sold

Oil on board, 6" x 6"
From a trip on the Prudence Island ferry this summer. 

I did some sketching while we waited to leave...

Saturday, October 10, 2015


You don't have to be German to enjoy Octoberfest, you just have to like bratwurst, sauerkraut, and beer. And of course, when I saw men dressed in traditional outfits, I had to do at least one painting.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Meadow near sunset

Oil, approx. 12" x 6"
Another landscape from the Rayner Wildlife Refuge in Barrington, RI.