Wednesday, December 30, 2015

happy new year & sending off some old landscape studies

getting ready to send off two landscapes, both painted on location last summer ; "Scorched Pine, Estes Park, CO" & "Oak overlooking the Hudson River, Yonkers, NY ", oil on board, roughly 12" x 9" each... below is a detailed graphite & chalk study of the dying Pine tree that is featured in the "Estes Park" painting (from the sketchbook)...


 details of evening lit "Pine" ...

Looking forward...

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

portrait of Jamal

another study of Jamal, (see earlier figure study a few posts below), portrait sketch (in ~4 hrs), graphite & chalk on toned paper... 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

wilderness of love

a work in progress - for a(nother bunch of ) friend(s) …

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Jamal figure study; new work in progress

detail of 'Jamal', my first time using charcoal since... high school, I think.

...then onto a color pass, here's a detail of the portrait in progress, oil over the charcoal on panel.

…more progress down the torso, trying to keep my "shadows warm, transitions neutral (cooling?), local colors chromatic (warmish?), and high-lights cool", in accordance with the laws of the "flesh-ball", pictured below (a new concept introduced to me by Colleen Barry) : 

... and wrapping up - the full figure,  before the final touches:

Monday, October 12, 2015

promo art for sensory steps…

(a long over-due re-vise of an illustration for a friend's dance program…  )

Thursday, October 8, 2015

october developments...

 Rye Nature Preserve Ruins, 2 hr oil sketch

(work in progress) Angel Study, oil 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Nataliya + Raven

 3 hr sketch in the sketchbook

… then, 9 hrs into a new figure study (taken with awesome blackberry phone)…

oil on canvas, 20x10

(...16 hrs)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

some plen air art on view in Rye, NY, September 21st into October

I am looking forward to participating in a lil silent autction up in Rye, NY with the Rye Arts Center this fall.

I'll have the above alla prima piece I made earlier this year in Maine, up for auction in their gallery, as well as painting a another piece on location, for the auction, the day of the auction - October 3rd. If you are in the Rye area, check out the painters around the town! Thanks for the invite, Rye Arts Center & Jim Langley! Here's more information:

Saturday, August 22, 2015

teaching upcoming night class in Westchester, NY

2015  This Fall, I'll be teaching another round of life drawing through the Hudson River Community Education (HRCE) program, on Thursday nights 6-8 pm in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Please pass this along to any creative, art-nerd people, all skill levels accepted... more info here: 

'Seneca' Portrait, 9 x 12, oil on panel


Introductory students doing "Bargue Copies" & re-interpreting some...

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

studio painting in the works

started working on a new studio painting, here's some beginnings… and then some studies of the subject & muse, Renata:

(grisaille early stage…)

(UPDATE: filling the figure out before background...)

 Coming up for Air is a tenative title... w/ graphite figure study; would it be lame to include fish or squids? lol...

 At Rest #1 (study), oil
At Rest #2

portrait sketches and studies

"recline", 3 hr sketch

(filtered...) Tram, 3 hr sketch, 2013

 Susannah, 6 x 6 portrait, 2015 

 Renata, 2015

 To be Wedded, copy of a Васи́лий Васи́льевич Вереща́гин / Vereshchagin sketch  2011

 Jessica and the Woods, oil,  2014
Orientalism (Bargue copy), 2012

 Mary Jane, 8 x 11, grey scale study, 2013

Liz, 2014

Yer Grandfather, 2015, oil sketch

Noah - sketch, 2012

 Andre, oil sketch, 2015

Rashmi, graphite, 2013

Freddy, oil, 2015

Erica, in sketchbook, 2015

Jenna, oil, 2015

 Ennis, sketch, 2013

Ennis, sketch, 2013

Stoic, 2012

Mary Kate, 2016

(portraits can be done in one 2-3 hr sitting ... )

Thursday, July 30, 2015

some recent (and old) landscape studies...

All painted on location, "en plein air"...

 Old Barn, White Mountains, 8 x 10, oil on canvas 2013
 Hudson Palisades, 10 x 8, oil on canvas, 2014
 Oak study against Palisades, detail, oil on panel, 2014
 River water, NH, graphite and chalk on toned paper, 9 x 12,  2013
 Hastings-on-Hudson Parking Lot, detail, oil on canvas, 2014

 Where We Used to Smoke, detail, oil on panel, 2014

Winter Bridge, Hastings, 10 x 8, graphite and chalk on toned paper, 2013

Jackson falls, river study, 2013 
 Smiths Point Cove, quick alla prima on Vinalhaven Island, ME, detail, oil on panel, 2015
 Watertower, detail, oil on panel, 2014
Winter Palisades, 6 x 6, oil on panel, 2013

 Winter Palisades sketch, graphite on paper, 2013

Frozen Hudson, 2013

 Salamander and Pine Log, 9 x 12, oil on paper, 2013
 Cherry Tree, detail, oil on panel, 2013

Londonplane Tree study, graphite on toned paper, 2012

Pigweed study, 8 x 10, graphite and chalk on paper, 2012

Pine Study, 9 x 12, graphite on paper, 2013

Moscow landscape study, 8 x 6, oil on canvas, 2013

 St. Petersburg landscape study, 6 x 8, oil on canvas, 2013

Crabapple sketch, 2011

Forest Interior study, detail, oil on canvas, 2013
Mulberry Trees, graphite on paper, 2011