Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Pen and ink drawing number 31 is a view of Washington Avenue at St. Mark's in Brooklyn.  When we cross these long avenues, we seldom linger.  The lights don't last long, and the cars move fast.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Drawing Number 30 and Emptiness

An 8x10 pen and ink drawing, with some pastel, charcoal, and brush and water, of a view of Washington Avenue approaching the corner of Bergen Street in Brooklyn.  This one is number 30.  What attracted my attention is the large blank wall on the corner building that was re-surfaced after an abutting building was removed leaving an empty space.  So a blank wall reminds us of emptiness.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Drawn Away

This painting, completed a couple days ago,  is a 24x24 oil on canvas showing the Hopper and Mount Greylock from Sloan Road in Williamstown, MA.  Sloan Road goes up (and down) a steep hill.   The motif of the 'V's of telephone pole, tree, road shape, and masked Hopper shape have always intrigued me about this site.  I'll post the next Brooklyn drawing tomorrow.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Drawn Bridge

Number 29 is a pen and ink drawing of a side of the Union Street bridge over the Gowanus Canal.

Friday, January 23, 2015


Pen and ink drawing number 28 depicts the corner of Douglass and Bond in Brooklyn.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

...And A Drawing

Pen and ink drawing number 27 shows the Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn.  There are a lot of lights and metal poles at this location.

A Painting...

A 12x12 oil on canvas of a barn on Sloan Road.  A very simple painting hiding a lot of complexity.  I had walked down the road to get a better view of looking back up the road, and suddenly realized that the way the light was hitting the barn and snow, and the color contrasts, made this an interesting scene to paint.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Drawing Stuff

Pen and ink drawing number twenty-six.  Sometimes when I hike through the woods, I am amazed at how much stuff there is around, all the leaves, the branches, the tree limbs and trunks, the rocks, the soil, the mud, the water, and then when I look around a place like Brooklyn, there also is so much stuff.  Only when you think of drawing it, or do draw it, does it hit you.

(Corner of Sterling Place and Washington Avenue in Brooklyn)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Other Things

This 12x12 oil on panel is another one of those other things I've been doing.  The blue is less strong in the original, and even in the image that I uploaded.  But it still captures what grabbed my attention when walking the other day, the yellow house at the top of the hill behind the trees.  I will post another drawing tomorrow.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Turning Another Corner

Number twenty-five, an 8x10 pen and ink drawing on Bristol paper, with pastel, charcoal, and brush and water, depicts another corner at Classon and Bergen.   It's amazing to me that most of the street corners in Brooklyn have four different corners!

Sunday, January 18, 2015


This pen and ink drawing, number 24, is a slight variation, being 9x12 in size.  I have been posting these drawings in the order that I make them.   The first thing I noticed in this scene was the similarity in shape between the fire hydrant and the leafless tree trunk.   The bicycle apparently belongs to somebody in the vicinity, since it's usually there but in different variations indicating that it gets used.

(The location is Washington Avenue near the corner of Sterling Place in Brooklyn)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Corner Drawing

Now for something serious: Drawing number 23 of the Brooklyn pen and ink series.

(The location is the corner of Classon and Bergen)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Winter City Drawing

Number Twenty-Two is an 8x10 pen and ink drawing, with pastel, charcoal, brush and water, of a Brooklyn street during the late afternoon with the sun going down, in winter.  The buildings are in shadow, but the tree trunks and limbs stand out against the bright sky.  A few piles of snow edge the sidewalk.

(The location is Classon near Sterling Place)

Thursday, January 15, 2015


This is one of those other things I have been working on, a 9x12 oil on panel of a guard rail along Stratton Road, not a heroic theme despite the sentinel, but a view of a humble item seldom seen despite its ever presence.  The Brooklyn series will resume tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Just Twenty One

At first I thought I might skip over this one as too-cooked.  But it holds a lesson too.  What originally got my attention in this view are the two overlapping signs seen from the back, and the negative space of the sky.  It was a damp and gloomy afternoon.  Hard not to make a damp and gloomy drawing.  I have started to do other things, but I think I will continue with this series for a while.

(The location is Sterling Place between Underhill and Vanderbilt in Brooklyn)