Category: creative process

  • The Blue House


    Making time to work in the studio and trying out my “Ben Franklin” schedule. Rise at 5:45 a.m., work on the computer until noon, lunch and then head to the studio. Work until 6pm or so. I have a feeling Ben didn’t also have to make time to go grocery shopping, clean, cook and maybe…

  • Tear-Down on Wilson Ave.

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    Recently completed, Wilson Tear Down, oil on wood, 12×12″.  Will be added to the show at Beans and Bagels if dry next week!

  • The Fine Art of Sales (or, leading a horse to water)

    “I don’t care if I sell my work. I just give it away…” Overhearing this statement is like listening to the apartment below me being remodeled, on a Saturday morning, to accompany my slight second-hand cigarette smoke induced headache. I am, at this moment, enjoying the whir of the circular saw. The day is heating…

  • Painting in Oils: New Work


    [portfolio_slideshow size=large autoplay=false random=false centered=true carousel=true navstyle=graphical navpos=top pagerstyle=thumbs pagerpos=bottom] Painting over a painting that wasn’t going anywhere. Good to be back in the saddle again. Watercolor is fine but you just can’t get the intensity of  these night/electric light scenes unless using oils.

  • Southport El Platform

      [portfolio_slideshow size=large autoplay=false random=false centered=true carousel=true navstyle=graphical navpos=top pagerstyle=thumbs pagerpos=bottom] Returning to the studio after some period of neglect is just like an athlete returning to training after being sedentary. Gestural strokes are hard: my forearm is weak and my endurance for more than 2 or 3 hours at the studio is pathetic. But,…

  • New watercolors on their way to Amsterdam!

    (Note: If you are naturally social and well-coiffed you might not get this initial reference…but bear with me.) You know how if you have to go to a party or wedding and you look in your closet to find it is stocked with nothing but euro track suits and pajamas…? I kinda felt like that when a…

  • Wabash Morning

    I took the photo for this painting around 2008 but didn’t have the space to work on it at home. Once I started working in a studio again (at the Cornelia Arts Building) I could finally attempt it. You can see that once I got past the first stage of blocking in stuff – the…

  • Spring Open House – Friday, May 13th


    The Cornelia Spring Open House is a free, casual, fun art experience. Visit local artists in their working studios – over 25 artists participating. Friday, May 13th from 6-10pm. In progress for the past year but I am aiming to complete Wabash Morning (nicknamed “The Monstrosity” because it is taking so long to complete) before…

  • Facebook Portrait Project


    The project has commenced! First going through images that have been submitted to me. I will also be sending some messages out to people requesting permission to immortalize them. All images will be added to a FB photo gallery on my artist page. Please submit comments and feedback there too!

  • Profile Pic Portrait Project


    The Idea As a painter, making a self-portrait is both a critical and creative exercise. The self-portrait allows the artist to get back to painting basics, explore new techniques or psychological aspects of the self, and (if its any good) come out with a painting that clearly exhibits Myself as a Painter. Technology has democratized…

  • Wabash painting revisited

    I started this painting a year ago … and then things (life) happened and I never found time to get myself to the studio. It has some issues that made returning to it an unpleasant task. Layers of the older painting are totally dry now so reworking is impossible and some of the drawing was…

  • Addison Rooftops

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    Making time for the studio a success! Much better than complaining about not having time to paint. Check out the posts below to see how this painting progressed. Also, finally figured out that I had my exposure setting way too low on my camera and that was why everything was so dark! Will re-shoot next…

  • Winter Scene, Day 2


  • Winter Scene

    I started this new painting today, about 30 x 24″. I painted the sky but it was too soon – so I scraped that off. Too much paint early on (when I know I will be away from it for a few days) will make for unworkable opacity. The sky should be stormy but still…

  • Dry Cleaning, Alterations

    I think that these night scenes are sort of like mirages; its a place that doesn’t really exist because no one sees it that way. The light is there and it has a life of its own – it might be your friend or a reflection of you – but its probably indifferent. These are…