Painting Safari 2015, Part I

  Our Painting Safari began in France this year because we will not arrive in the US until almost August.  But Plein Air painting has begun, with this painting done at Île de Puteaux, west of Paris, where Sam and I play tennis every Sunday morning.  Île de Puteaux is an island in the Seine where houseboats are moored, as they are all along the Seine both within and outside the city limits of … Read more

Flowers for (French) Mother’s Day*…

When I was a kid, my mother would watch me paint stone walls, building facades and cliff-lined river banks.  Lovely grays, browns and ochres.  She once said to me, with a bit of impatience in her voice: “Why don’t you paint some nice pretty colorful flowers?” At which point I found flowers very difficult to paint, pretty or otherwise.  I don’t know why this occurred.  Later, when I tried painting them, they looked like … Read more

My Paintings at Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery

This painting and two others, Perkins Rubber Stamps and White Tire Bicycle, will be on exhibit, with many other paintings from alumni of the New York Academy of Art.  This is the third annual all alumni exhibition, held at Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery and The Bernardsville Library, in Bernardsville, New Jersey. Opening Reception: Friday, May 1, 6:00pm-9:00pm Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery 5 Morristown Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924 studio7artgallery.com – a n d … Read more

3 Reasons NOT to buy one of my paintings…

  A great teacher of mine once said that a painting should have three qualities.  First, it should draw you in from across the room.  Second, it should have something about it that holds your attention when you are close to it and makes you keep looking.  Third, it should leave you with something that makes you think about it after you have left the gallery, so that you want to go back. With … Read more

Invitation to Vernissage at Salon Aguado, Paris 9eme

This painting was accepted into the contest and exposition “On the Rooftops” in the Salon Aguado, at the Mairie of the 9th arrondissement of Paris.  The exposition and contest is in support of Paris’s bid for its rooftops to be included as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.  It is organized by the Mayor of the 9th arrondissement, Delphine Bürkli.       You are cordially invited to attend the vernissage on Tuesday the 31st March … Read more

Dry Cleaning Meets The Peter Principle

    “It’s better to have loved and lost than to have to do forty pounds of laundry a week.”  – Laurence J. Peter When I first read this quote I didn’t know who Laurence J. Peter was, so I looked him up.  He is a Canadian educator, author and Hierarchiologist, who, with Raymond Hull,  wrote the book  The Peter Principle: Why Things Alway Go Wrong.   The Peter Principle humorously states that in … Read more

On Becoming a Serial Finisher…

“Do not plan for ventures before finishing what’s at hand.” – Euripides Unknown to me before I found this quote was that Euripides trained as a painter in addition to being a playwright.  Each January, we focus on New Year’s Resolutions, new beginnings and new projects.  But then what happens?  I myself have been guilty of starting projects and paintings, then leaving them unfinished.  I think there are about seven unfinished paintings in my … Read more

No Christmas Truces

  The Christmas Truces where unofficial cease-fires during the early years of World War I.  Between Christmas of 1914 and to a lesser extent 1915, British and German soldiers in the trenches of the Western Front were known to cease hostilities, then cross over into “no-man’s land” to talk with the enemy, exchange food, sing carols and play football. Two weekends ago I had the honor of participating in an Eagle Scout project with … Read more

Why is Painting like Fishing???

Dear Friends and Family, When I was a kid, I went fishing almost every afternoon after school with my uncle Bill. Before he’d get home from work I’d walk down the street to Dee’s Bait & Tackle to buy a can of worms.  Uncle Bill arrived home and we’d go fishing. Last March I claimed that Painting was like Cooking, but painting (at least plein air painting) is also a lot like fishing. Why?  Here … Read more

My White Tire Bicycle

  I found these bicycles just around the corner from where I live, near rue des Martyrs.  This part of the ninth arrondissement has now become quite “bobo” – borgeois-bohemian.  We have hipsters, high priced specialty food stores and an emerging clothing brand called “Pigalle”.  Even the New York Times has done a number of stories on our neighborhood.  And if the New York Times says something is cool, you know it must be … Read more