Saturday, July 4, 2015


A 9x12 pen and ink with pastel washes variation of the previous truck.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Door Ajar

A 9x12 pen and ink drawing with pastel washes of an old truck in the truck graveyard.  The trucks are enveloped by weeds.  I imagine that it looks quite different in the fall, winter, and early spring.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hopper, Haley, Hopper

A 12x24 oil on panel depicting the end of Hopper Road, Haley Farm and the Hopper, which I completed yesterday.  I used the Emile Gruppe palette, consisting of a warm and cool blue, red and yellow.  Gruppe also added cadmium orange and used flake white.  I'll probably stick with titanium white for now.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Lights Out

Another drawing from the truck graveyard: a 9x12 pen and ink with washes of pastel.  It was explained to me that the same kind of Dodge truck was acquired over the years to provide a source of parts.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Curious Cows

Yesterday afternoon I stood in a cow pasture to do this 9x12 oil on panel painting.  Fourteen cows slowly munched their way towards me until I was surrounded, but I didn't pack up and leave because of them.  The clouds gave way to a steady mist, and my panel started dripping, so it was time to leave.  The cows were quite curious about my painting equipment, but they let me go.

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Truck, Large Version, in Four Panels

This is a painting that I've wanted to do for a while.  It's a large 24x24 oil on canvas of the Haley Farm truck, familiar to anyone to has hiked from Haley Farm on the Greylock trails.  This painting actually is composed of four 12x12 panels.  It's a sort of 'panel' truck.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Field Farm Trees

A 12x12 oil on panel of some trees at Field Farm.

Saturday, June 27, 2015


Wednesday the field nearest to the Hopper was being mowed when I did this painting using branches to screen the Hopper.  I had to paint quickly before the rows of hay disappeared into hay bales.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Upraised Hood

For a change of pace another drawing of the old Dodge truck, this time in pen & ink with wash and two touches of pastel.  I find old, broken, deteriorating trucks more attractive than any new ones.  They only drive your imagination.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pear Screen

Yesterday morning, Wednesday, I first did the drawing on site to familiarize myself with the scene, and then started the painting, which I completed in the studio.  It's apparently an old pear tree, with some life (not seen) at the top only.  The tree screens the Hopper, along with another row of trees in the middle ground, and assists in countering green.  The light kept changing all the time so I had to remember what I originally liked about this view yesterday to complete the painting.   I took a couple digital photos during the session, which were helpful.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Red Truck in the Woods

One of the best ways to deal with green is to find a red truck in the woods.  Oh, look.  I just happened to find one.  This is a quick 8x10 oil sketch of an abandoned red Dodge truck in the woods.  I'll have more trucks soon.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Too Intense

A second painting that I did yesterday in the afternoon on the same theme as the morning's painting.  The Hopper is too intense.   Maybe my reaction to it is too intense.

Monday, June 22, 2015

In the Face of the Hopper

This morning I painted in the face of the Hopper, but used a fruit tree to partially block the Hopper.  It's too daunting to paint the Hopper directly.  On my Facebook page I posted a couple of photographs kindly sent to me by photographer John Kirby, who photographed me while working.  Actually I had already completed the painting, and was cleaning my brushes, but I do look busy.  The painting shows an earlier sunlight situation than appears in the photographs.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Fourth and Douglass

Another in the recent series of large Brooklyns that I am doing, this one a 24x24 oil on canvas of the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Douglass Street.  It's a companion piece to the previous painting of Washington Avenue with the cyclist, with a similar but different composition, which I posted on May 29th.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

Quite recently I discovered a truck graveyard.  I did this quick charcoal drawing yesterday afternoon of one of the trucks.  I plan on doing more drawings and paintings.  There's something poignant and humbling about discarded or abandoned items that used to be 'important' to humans in a location where nature asserts herself.