Wednesday, October 29, 2014


This is the second time Rich has modeled for us in his top hat. He's an amazing model, barely moves and never takes a break.
I've been really happy teaching my portrait class at the Portsmouth (RI) Arts Guild. They're really getting into the swing of it. The top photo is my 15-20 minute demo; the rest is my students work.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tanker and tug-sold

Oil on gessobord, 6" x 6"
Walking on the East Bay Bike Path the other day, I saw two huge tankers making their way into the harbor. I hung around and watched while this one pulled up to the dock and then was pushed to face the other way.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sketch at the diner

A quick sketch this morning at the Seaplane diner, catching up on the TV news. Pencil and white gouache on gray paper.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Skiff at sunset oil painting-sold

Oil on gessobord, 6" x 6".
Another in my skiff series, from a photo I took on Cape Cod this summer. I love the way the setting sun turns everything orange...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A few more illustrations

Some things I'm still pretty happy with even though I did them a while back. "Sister" and "Congrats" are both 3 panel fold-outs, painted with gouache on paper. "Congrats" has a glitter overlay. The "Husband" illustration was done in ink with a brush and pen; the design was stamped on the card in a shiny blue leaf.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Marigolds and tomato

Oil on gessobord, 6" x 6"
Casting about for something to paint the other day- I had a few tomatoes from the garden, some marigolds in a pot outside, and my favorite brass tea set.
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Greeting card illustration

A few illustrations from my former life as a greeting card illustrator. Watercolor and some pencil or marker on Strathmore or Arches paper. That was before everything had to be done on the computer, in order to save time and money. Most of the type was machine set, but I did the lettering on the Spanish card. To get that humorous look that they wanted, I used my left hand.

I also want to put in a word for another artist, Jackie Garner, who has just written a book called "The Wildlife Artist's Handbook". She has done some fascinating work in Egypt, sketched in ancient tombs where no photography is allowed and helped identify wildlife for the scientists.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Zig zag cloud

Oil on gessobord, 6" x 6"
Yesterday, at Colt State Park in Bristol RI. $100.00 + S/H

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Almost Autumn

Oil on gessobord, 8" x 10"
My second painting from yesterday, this one in oil. I've been admiring this house for a while and finally painted it. The colors are starting to show in the foliage. Darn! Summer's really over.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hunt House, in gouache- sold

I got out early this morning and painted the Hunt House, a historic home in East Providence. It's done with gouache on gray Strathmore sketch paper, about 5.5" x 8".  The road on the bottom of the painting is just the gray of the paper.
The hardest part of this painting- what color is yellow in shadow? It seemed very blue at the top, just under the roof, but much lighter at the bottom of the building. I painted it and wiped it out a couple of times before finally settling on a dull greenish color with hints of yellow ochre.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

This morning on Blackstone Blvd., Providence RI... I drove past this tree the other day and had to go back and paint it in the morning light. The original is a little brighter than this image, less brown, a little more green.
Gouache, approx. 7" x 9" on watercolor paper
$50.00 plus $10 S/H

Friday, September 19, 2014

Our model on Monday night. Great hair!
My limited color portrait class is starting at the Portsmouth (RI) Art Guild on Wednesday mornings in October. It's a great class for all levels, even beginners.