Thursday, November 21, 2019

Eye-Appealing Grit

This one's been on the easel for a week, so today I "finished" it: a view of Bond near President in Brooklyn.  This neighborhood is transitioning fast but still has eye-appealing grit.  12x16 oil on panel.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Drawing What's Around You

Even when babysitting one's grandson, there are opportunities to draw if you remembered to bring along a sketchpad or two.  You can just draw what is around you.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

The Ever Changing Temporary Fence

A painting of a fence, a sidewalk, and a building on Carroll Street in Brooklyn, near Fourth Avenue.  This is actually a view of what it looked like over six years ago, even though I completed the painting today.  Google Street View of this spot goes back to June, 2009, with several iterations since then.  A plywood fence was present from at least 2011 to at least 2014.  The most interesting thing for me is how the temporary plywood fence changed over this several year period, going through several paint colors, graffiti, and different signage. This view is from April, 2013.  It's not just the buildings that change over time, but even the temporary structures.   9x12 oil on linen panel.

Friday, November 8, 2019


A view on Bergen Street approaching Classon Avenue in Brooklyn.  Somebody found the graffiti on the left not to their liking so they painted it out and wrote "NOPE" underneath.  Anti-graffiti graffiti.  I'd like to think that I give the word "NOPE" a larger meaning, but I'm not sure what that is.  12x16 oil on panel.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Used and New

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the number of paintings I have, so I've been selecting unfavorites and painting over them.  There's something nice about working on a used surface.  I scrape it down a bit first.  Here's a new, freshly painted view of Sackett Street from Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn.  It's a late afternoon winter painting.  12x16 oil on panel.

Monday, November 4, 2019

The Shadows

The shadows created by buildings blocking the sunlight contrasting with sunlit areas have been appealing to me lately.  Here also the dark flag and diamond sign stand out against the bright sky.  The shapes of urban settings become exciting formal elements.  The view is Grand Avenue facing north towards Bergen Street in Brooklyn.  12x16 oil on panel.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Studio Sinks

Last summer I conducted a plein air class for the IS183 art school on the grounds of the Daniel Chester French studio.  On a very rainy day, we had to settle for painting indoors in the main IS183 painting studio.  During the length of the session, between visits to every student, I painted the studio sinks, which were already covered with plenty of paint.  9x12 oil on linen mounted to panel.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Though, Though

Today the sun was shining.  It was chilly.  And I thought I'll just go out and make a quick, little painting.  This simple thing took a while though, though I like it's... ah... simplicity.  Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to do.  I was on the North path at Field Farm in Williamstown, MA, facing south.  9x12 oil on panel.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

A Favorite Street in Brooklyn

Atlantic Avenue is one of my favorite streets in Brooklyn.  This view shows the Shuttle bridge near Franklin Avenue.  I used only three colors: ultramarine blue, raw umber, and yellow ochre for this one.  12x16 oil on panel.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Fourth Avenue and President

A painting of the intersection of Fourth Avenue and President Street in Brooklyn facing east.   12x16 oil on panel.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Halloween Under The Gowanus Expressway

Today I visited the Southern Vermont Arts Center to see the current exhibition.  I missed the opening so I wanted to see where my large painting "Beneath the Gowanus Expressway" was hanging.  The SVAC just held a "Halloween on the Hill" day, so the decoration was still there and fit in with my painting.  I don't know how intentional it was, but the bottles and the underpass seem to go together.  The bottles have labels such as "Wing of Bat," "Arsenic," "Witches Brew," "Red Blood," and "Poison."  I should have received the best background painting award.

Friday, October 25, 2019

The Fragility of Things Beautiful

A painting about the fragility of things beautiful.  9x12 oil on linen panel.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

A Great Advantage in Vermont

This afternoon I went to Pownal, Vermont to paint.  It was a bit windy but my gear stayed in place without my having to hold it while I painted, a great advantage.  You can see that it was a beautiful day.  12x16 oil on linen panel.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Hanging On

The sun was bright, the wind was blowing, and the clouds were scudding...  I've always liked that word.  Here's a slightly different view of the top of Sloan Road and the distant Hopper, with some brilliant leaves hanging on, from this afternoon.   12x12 oil on panel.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

A Different View

The previously posted painting is the typical view, so to get something different I moved my easel down the hill to where a group of bright leaves was hanging on in front of the mountain.   The Hopper is no longer visible but Mount Greylock looms in the back.  12x9 oil on linen panel.