Sunday, December 18, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Boston Esplanade

Painted en plein air this past weekend. Beautiful spot- looking forward to painting more views from the area.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Royalston common

Today I joined 8 or so other artists in Royalston, MA at the common to spend the morning painting.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Plum Island

It was a beautiful day on Plum Island and the beach was quite busy. It was also beach clean up day. The light changed just as I finished this oil and the temperature was dropping quickly. I took photos so that I can paint a studio version of this quick study.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Thacher Island

Three sketches of the north lighthouse on Thacher Island. I attended a paintout there today. This was my second visit to the island. Gulls rule this island- I didn't dare sit on a rock because they were all splashed by white. I got chased by a young angry gull and was bitten by fire ants, but still had a great day!

Monday, July 25, 2011

beach sketches

These were sketched with marker at a beach somewhere in Beverly, MA. I added the watercolor later on. I make notes of the colors- I don't trust my memory!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

making paint

As if I am not already too busy with work, hobbies, and trying to create art, I have decided to try something I have been wanting to do for years- make my own paint. I have always loved looking at pigments and minerals so I did a lot of research and have been experimenting with egg tempera. I read several books and have been using the internet as well- I am finding the discussion forums on very useful. Some tips I have made use of: the best black according to several artists is Mars Black. It was hard to find this pigment but I finally found it at an online store called RGH. According to an artist whose book I read, Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White are difficult to disperse, so I took his advice and bought these colors in the form of a paste from Kremer Pigments which is another online store. The rest I bought in the form of powder at and they were very affordable. Of course, the coveted Lapis Lazuli is out of the question- I have to be content with the affordable alternative- Ultramarine Blue. There is enough information on the internet about the technique of making egg tempera that I won't go into it- but a few notes: Cobalt Blue is a very strange plasticy pigment and resistant to dispersion- it has the consistancy of Ublik. Like a solid and liquid at the same time. Some pigments are soft enough that you can put some in a bottle and stir in some distilled water. Some, such as the Cobalt Blue and Alizarin Crimson (the latter is particularly very grainy), need to be ground with a palette knife on a granite slab. I work in the monument business, so this was very easy to obtain. If you mix large amounts, a glass muller might be easier. I mix small amounts, as I don't work large, and I have heard artists complain about the paste not storing very well. Not pictured in my photo but very important- gloves and a respirator.

Sunday, May 29, 2011


A quick sketch of my eight year old niece Emma

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Best of Show

My 8" oil painting of a boat worker in Gloucester won Best of Show in the Princeton Art Society's 20th anniversary exhibit. This is one of my favorite pieces and I had a great time working on it. Hopefully I will take many photos of this subject this summer- I'd love to do a series.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Scene from Crocker Park

Painted with my brand new Daniel Smith squirrel hair mop brush, and walnut ink. Paper is Fabriano watercolor paper. A fellow artist let me try out his squirrel brush and I loved it! I am looking forward to acquiring several sizes. The ink is very nice as well.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Concord River

I painted this from my kayak a couple of weekends ago. Having cool weather lately, but I'm hoping to be back in my kayak next weekend.

Monday, March 21, 2011

beaver dam

I painted these wetlands in Fitchburg on Rindge Road. It was a nice warm day, but there were still tufts of snow in the area. This pen & ink/watercolor painting is 6 x 8 on
Stonehenge paper.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


We had a lovely model for the portrait group this week. I worked on Stonehenge paper, the image is about 6" high.

Monday, February 28, 2011

A street in Paris

I love copying old b&w photos in color. This image came from a book titled A Vision of Paris: the photographs of Eugene Atget. It was published in 1963.
The painting is 8x10 on bristol. I used a dark sepia Faber-Castell PITT artist pen.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

David Boyce home

Built in 1782, this house is located in Salem, MA. I took a side road home from work and stopped to sketch it.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Two sketches

Two people from the coffee shop.

Saturday, January 22, 2011


I drew some diatoms as seen through the 400x lens on my microscope. Some artists have created beautiful mosaics with images of diatoms. A few of these were actually moving.
My water sample was taking from a stream at Great Meadows in Concord, MA.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Coffee Shoppe People

I drew these people quickly from life, then painted the sketches in my studio.

Thursday, January 13, 2011