Artist Showcase at the New York Print Club

I had an amazing time presenting my work to the New York Print Club on May 24th.  I was one of five artists who presented work to members of the Print Club.  It was a great opportunity to talk with collectors, connoisseurs, and the other printmakers: Nina Jordan, Luanda Lozano, Alan Petrulis, and DeAnn L. Prosia.   

more oil sketches

I had a great time this week painting costumed models in the interior of the 19th century brownstone Salmagundi Club building.  These were painted on 300lb Arches watercolor paper toned with Art Spectrum Colourfix Primer.

Connie posed next to the fireplace which created a dramatic silhouette against the sun-lit wall. 

Here Blane is posing in the pool room.  I added a neon sign in the background but am not sure it's successful.  

Some quick oil sketches

I did these quick oil sketches of snowy Central Park for fun, and to try out Arches oil paper.  The paper offers a nice smooth surface with enough texture to grab the paint, but seems to yellow the colors a little after it dries.

First post, maybe last post

June 14, 2012

I'm not sure how often I'll have the time or inclination to post on a blog, but for starters, here's a few images documenting a work in progress.

Sometimes with a larger piece, I start by doing a rough preliminary version.   In this case it was important to do a sketch first because I was experimenting with introducing a color into the mix.  This sketch is about 5"x6." 

Here is the sketch with color.  I tested a few blues and decided on Rapidograph pen ink because of its consistency.  My goal in coloring the sky only was to capture the surreality I had felt at the moment; standing in the middle of Fifth avenue on a windy sunny day.

 This early version of the larger painting shows how I put the large shapes in early and then brought everything up to a greater level of detail.

 And a later version...