As a full time painter I travel prepared for almost any kind of weather. I was in Nahant, Massachusetts last Tuesday and though the location was ideal the sun was popping in and out of clouds. I knew the variation in brightness on my canvas was going to get distracting. Waiting for the light to … More Set Up for Changing Light
29 new paintings are up on the walls and ready for Thursday’s opening reception at 6:30 at the Marblehead Arts Association. This is the first time we are doing an evening reception and I am grateful to Director Betsy Hundahl for helping to make it possible. The show is called “On the Road” and it … More The Show is Open
Time to clean out and consolidate my drawers full of paint. Michael Harding Paints are the highest quality in my opinion and I’m steadily making the change over. Some other brands collected over the years are quite good and I will continue to use them until they are gone: Sennelier and Williamsburg are excellent, for example. Rembrandt and Gamblin are pretty good and worth … More Spring Cleaning in the Studio
The Copley Society on Newbury Street in Boston will be opening a show in July called “At Sea.” It will be curated by the great John Stobart. The curator’s job is to pick which paintings get into a show. Last night was the deadline and I remembered just in time. I offered “North Shore Vista” a scene of natural light … More Deadlines
A finished and signed painting looks naked until it is in a frame. It needs to get dressed. I have a short stack of naked paintings and I am hoping my framer comes through for me on Saturday so I can get these properly attired. Some will be in black others in gold.
While wandering an abandoned beach in Franklin County, Florida last month I spotted this trawler stuck high and dry near Carabelle. It looked beaten up from hard work and hard weather and was a compelling subject for a painting. So I set myself up on the side of the road with an umbrella to keep the sun off … More Blue on Blue
About 15 years ago I went through a phase where I painted people at the beach in very tight compositions. I think it was an important exercise because I was still learning how to understand natural color and the effects of light in the real world. Illustrators often take liberties with color and light for the purpose of telling a story – that … More A Look Back #1