Saturday, November 27, 2021

Pen and ink drawing of young woman with long black hair and red lips. She is braiding a “love knot,” an intricate design involving two plaits of hair with red ribbons wrapped around them, into her hair.


"Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair"

Will be at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, MA, for the 4th Annual Small Works Exhibit.

Pen and ink, watercolor

5" x 7"

www.gatewaycityarts.com/small-works-gallery


From “The Highwayman”by Alfred Moyes. I had this idea for Inktober day 4 “knot” but realized it needed a fair bit of research and preparation (like, what the heck is a love-knot?) and found a reference to a Celtic love-knot, which she is plaiting into her hair with red ribbons wrapped around the individual plaits. Later I discovered someone else had done the same subject, but pictured it as a probably more accurate and certainly simpler approach where she had tied the knot into a ribbon which she then braided into her hair.

You can read the poem here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43187/the-highwayman




"Pencil drawing of bald, bearded man with cane stepping down from old-fashioned trolley car with assistance from woman supporting his arm and shoulder. Trolley driver and passengers faintly visible in background."


Heath Street Stop

Pencil, 7" x 5"

This will be in the 10th Annual Small Works Show at

Hope and Feathers

319 Main St.

Amherst, MA.

12/1/2021 - 1/11/2022


Friday, June 11, 2021

Van Horn sketches


Watercolor from a walk in Van Horn Park in Springfield, MA. At first I was attracted by the light on the grassy peninsula, but a guy and his dog showed up so I put them in, too. 4” x 6” in sketchbook.



Peninsula at Van Horn Park. I did the same scene from the opposite side a few weeks ago (above). This time the sun was behind me, and instead of the guy and his dog showing up on my painting it was a couple of fisher fellows.
Watercolor 4” x 6” in sketchbook.



Another sketch of that peninsula in Van Horn Park, this time front on, like the prow of a ship. It was a gray day, so I did it on toned gray paper with black, gray, and white ink.


Peninsula at Van Horn Park
This time I’m ON the peninsula, looking out at the culvert under Armory St. from which I did the previous one.



Light on reeds and water
Pen and ink
Another sketch from Van Horn park. The light green algae floating at the shoreline were brilliantly illuminated against the shadowy foliage.






 

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Three pieces in art show

I have three pieces in this upcoming juried show:

The Colors of Change

27th Annual Juried Spring Art Exhibition & Sale

Weekends May 15th- 30th, 2021

Noon to 5:00

House of Art, 200 Main Street, Monson, MA

Covid 19 Guidelines in Place

www.MonsonArtsCouncil.org


Ego et Endo


Abandoned Fort













Mount Norwottuck from Mount Pollux: Rain Likely



Sunday, April 18, 2021

Watercolor from a walk in Van Horn Park

 Watercolor from a walk in Van Horn Park in Springfield, MA. At first I was attracted by the light on the grassy peninsula, but a guy and his dog showed up so I put them in, too. 4” x 6” in sketchbook.

Watercolor painting of park scene with sunlight falling on yellowish grass against dark woods and green laurel bushes. A man in a red jacket is throwing a ball for his dog. Scene is reflected in gently rippling lake water.




Academic Artists Association 2021 - 71st Annual Exhibition

 The Academic Artists Association 2021 - 71st Annual Exhibition is up at https://academicartistsassociation.org/exhibitions/71st-2021.html

It’s an excellent selection this year, and I’m very happy and honored to have “Three Women” included.

Oil painting of three women on a porch, representing three generations. The daughter looks into the picture, across a valley with an old brick mill town with a Florentine tower. In the distance a thunder cloud looms. The mother is busy hanging a sheet on a clothes line, her gaze directed across the picture. The grandmother looks out of the picture, meeting our eyes with a quizzical expression.



Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Woods on a Snowy Evening

Pen, ink wash and white ink on toned paper

Pen and ink drawing of snow falling against a backdrop of trees and kid’s backyard climbing structure.