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.


Saturday, January 16, 2021

Ignorant Armies

Pencil drawing of battle scene with medieval-looking warriors fighting   with swords and spears.

And we are here as on a darkling plain,

Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,

Where ignorant armies clash by night.”

Matthew Arnold Dover Beach

Pencil sketch 3” x 5.5”

Thursday, December 31, 2020

50 years of sketchbooks

 

Bookshelf containing numerous sketchbooks of various sizes and colors, many with date labels on spines."


Filing away my latest sketchbook, I noticed that that oldest book on the shelf was from 1970. So there’s 50 years of sketching, cartooning, and doodling, as well as some blank books waiting to be filled.