Wednesday, December 2, 2020


I'm very pleased  to be included in the  third annual Small Works Show Exhibit 2020  presented by The Small Works Gallery at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, MA.

Due to the pandemic the show will be presented as a virtual experience online without any physical interaction.
The newly designed GCA website will be the platform to feature the artwork and all the promotions and sales will be handled online by GCA .
The Opening of this show will be presented on Saturday, December 5th at 5pm via streaming link. TBA shortly!
The shipping and/or pick up/delivery of the sold work will be handled directly with the artist.
The exhibit will open on December 5, 2020 and close December 31, 2020.
Featuring work by:
Mie Kurahara, Jen Delgado, Tom Raymo, Robert Markey, Steve Stankiewicz, Lahri Bond, Rachel Bellenoit, Jill Kovalchik, Dominique Thiebaut, Bernice Masse Rosenthal, Maddie McDougall, Erica Langevin, Hannah Rosenbaum, Matthew Mattingly, Becca Fite, Margaret Lloyd, Joanne Bell, Rochelle Shicoff, Jack Brown, Meredith Marciano, Bruce D. Chambers, Christina Giebner, David Barclay, Jessica Gorman, Betsy Koscher, Patricia Hinga, Bobbie Salthouse, Robert Salthouse, Marc Moses, and Vitek Kruta.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Finished making my new sketchbook. Here are some hitherto unpublished candid sketches from the old one, done before the pandemic. I’ve previously posted other sketches, watercolors, and toned paper drawings from this book and its predecessors.

Handmade sketchbook containing white, toned tan, toned gray, and watercolor paper, with mat knife, bone folder, glue, and dental floss.

Pen and ink drawing of woman gesturing, with glasses pushed up on forehead.

Pen and ink drawing of woman with chin resting on hand, pensive expression.

Pen and ink drawing of woman reading aloud (with the words “reading aloud”  visible on right).

Pen and ink drawing of woman looking down intently at phone.

Pen and ink drawing of woman with high hairdo smiling.

Pen and ink drawing of woman’s face from below.

Pen and ink drawing of woman with bandanna looking at phone.

Pen and ink drawing of man gesturing with arm raised.


Sunday, November 8, 2020

Mini Altoids paintbox color swatches

New colors for a new, hopefully more transparent, era.
This is the mini Altoids box I carry for sketching, containing a modified complementary palette of magenta, orange, yellow, green, cyan, blue, violet, and warm brown. The actual pigments used for each color can vary, and their individual characteristics determine the way they mix and interact. I had been using cadmium lemon for my yellow, which is very powerful in mixes but is fairly opaque, so glazes can take on a milky translucency. I replaced it with Winsor Yellow, PY154, which is transparent, and closer to a primary yellow (cad lemon leans greenly). I also replaced my cyan with Winsor Blue (Green Shade) PB15, which is also close to the primary cyan.
I started to familiarize myself with the new palette by making an 8 x 8 grid, with the base colors going up the diagonal, and the combinations of any 2 colors defined by rows and columns. The colors obtained by mixing are above the diagonal and those created by glazing are below. Of course, there are many more possibilities depending on the proportions of the mixes, but this gives a general idea.

Mini Altoids tin converted to watercolor paintbox, list of the colors and pigment codes, and table of swatches showing colors obtained by mixing and glazing the paints. The colors listed are Ultramarine Blue PB29, Winsor (Dioxazine) Violet PV23, Winsor Blue (GS) PB15s, Winsor Green (YS) PG36,  Quinacridone Burnt Orange PO48, Winsor Yellow P154, Pyrrole Orange (RS) PO73, Quin Magenta PR122.


Sunday, October 11, 2020

 I have 8 small pieces up at The Center Dance, 321 Main St. Amherst, MA, as part of the Amherst Arts Night Plus Windows into Art  project.

Front view of The Center Dance building, showing large, mullioned window with 8 small paintings hanging in separate panes.

Close up of The Center Dance window, showing paintings hanging in separate panes.

Watercolor of corn stubble receding towards line of trees in background

Corn Stubble, October     Watercolor 4” x 6”

Watercolor of house with curved veranda in a field of grass, trees in background

Victor’s Neighbor Watercolor 4” x 6” 

Watercolor of road, fields, and bare trees under a blustery sky

East Hadley Road, November Watercolor 4” x 6”

Egg tempera painting of nude woman and man seated by a woodland pool. She is dabbling the water to make ripples,  which spread out towards the man seated on a rock in a listening attitude
Ripple Egg Tempera 5” X 7”

Egg tempera painting of woman playing an old fashioned wooden flute. Outside the window, snow is falling about in swirling vortices

Shed Egg Tempera 5” X 7”

Watercolor of ocean waves and surf

Waves Watercolor 4” x 6” 

Watercolor and ink drawing of kayaks, boats, surfboards, etc on wooden rack in bright sunlight

Kayaks Watercolor 4” x 6” 

Watercolor of wheelbarrow propped up against ladder leaning on shed wall. Hills and fields in background

Joan’s Barrow Watercolor 6” x 4” 


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Workshop 13 2nd annual Northeast Fine Arts Exhibition in Traditional Realism

 Abandoned Fort and Mount Norwottuck from Mount Pollux: Showers Likely are in the Workshop 13 2nd annual Northeast Fine Arts Exhibition in Traditional Realism,  13 Church St., Ware, MA 01082, September 26 - October 11, 2020.

Online show:

Oil painting of kid's climbing structure in snow with woods and distant houses in background

Oil painting of apple tree in foreground and Mt. Norwottuck against a gray sky in backgound. A woman walks her dog beneath trees and shrubbery in the middle ground.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Beaver pond

 Riding on the bike path and came across this scene, both beautiful and melancholy, with the bare ruin’d choirs of dead trees white in the late afternoon light surrounded by marsh grass and lily pads in the beaver pond. I only had one page left in my sketchbook, a failed and partially scrubbed out sketch of my trusty climbing structure, so I attempted take a page from James Gurney’s book, so to speak, and build the new picture on the ruins of the old. I managed to finagle most of the original elements into the new picture except for those lines in the sky.

Watercolor sketch of pond with marsh grasses, dead trees, and trees with fall colors.

Sketchbook page with partially scrubbed out image of climbing structure.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Screen porch light and shadow

 A little 5” x 7” oil sketch of the back porch. I love how the light blanches the screen, leaving the true color to come through in the shadows. I used the mini pochade box I put together to use with my kayak, but realized I could mount it on a regular tripod to do a small painting in a confined space. It’s not quite where I want it to be, but I think I’ll let it ripen a bit and then either work on it more or start a larger version.

Oil painting of corner of screen porch, seen from the inside. A yellow couch in the foreground with two chairs behind it. Brightly lit foliage is visible through the shaded areas of the screen; the sunlit areas appear almost colorless and flat.

Small pochade box fashioned from a cigar box, mounted on tripod, with porch interior behind.


Close up of small jar affixed to front of pochade box, containing mineral spirits and plastic scrubber material for washing brushes.