Friday, February 26, 2010


My sister was in France last week and emailed a few photos that I am working from. Cateau is in northern France. I had a great time working on this 9x12 picture. It wouldn't all fit onto my scanner- so this image is slightly cropped, especially at the top.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Painting for auction

This is a painting that I donated for a fundraiser silent auction. The event will take place this Sat. at Wachusett Mountain.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Today's model was the visiting son of a fellow portrait artist. Coert (pronounced "court") lives in Sweden and is possibly the tallest man I've ever seen. I stood just up above his elbow. He was a really great model and everyone was raving about his fantastic moustache.

Monday, February 22, 2010

St. Malo

Another pen & ink from the same book. This is a view of St. Malo harbor.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Looking out to sea

I am very fond of old photos, and enjoy creating artwork from them. For this pen & ink with watercolor (on bristol) , I worked from a tiny black & white photo that I found in a library book printed in 1913 titled With Pen & Camera in Three Continents. Pen & ink is probably my favorite medium. I hear that my artist grandfather was also adept at it. Vive la ligne! (although generally I side with Delacroix over Ingres. The former had the better disposition.)
I would have liked to work larger to get more details in (the baby in the photo is holding a doll)but most of the photo is very vague.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Smokestack Challenge

Okay, here it is. I took so many photos that I no longer remember where this came from. A surprisingly difficult assignment! It's about 4" high on bristol board.

View from Mt. Feaks cemetary

Yesterday I was in Waltham taking pictures for a pen & ink smokestack challenge that I arranged with my brother. I haven't got anything to show yet (it didn't turn out) but I did like this little pen & ink of the bridge over the river with a church in the background. I actually would like to set up and paint this scene in the spring.

Friday, February 12, 2010


Yesterday I made a still life box, and I spent all evening painting wood panels and foam core to use as bases and backgrounds. I have a variety of colors to choose from. I just need larger collection of drapery and more props- something to look for at flea markets and antique stores. I tested my system out by setting up a lemon and painting it.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Portrait in oils

This is Marjorie, our model for the morning. She liked my painting so I will give it to her next week. I haven't painted a model from life in oils since college so I had no idea what to expect.
Size is 8x12.

Sunday, February 7, 2010


I often subject my good friend James to being sketched. The one I did yesterday evening at his get together is one of my favorites. It was a really fun time, as always.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Princeton portrait

We had a wonderful model today! The pastel was very slow going and it was looking very iffy until the last half hour. Afterwards, a group of us had lunch at a fellow artist's house and then drove to Peterborough, NH to the Sharon Arts Center. There's a members' show on exhibit there. I picked up an application and am thinking of applying for juried membership.