Thankful…

Dear Friends and Family, This is the Canal Saint Martin, in Paris.  About a 30 minute walk from my house.  It’s an even shorter walk from the Canal to the Bataclan Music Hall, where some of the horrible events of Friday, November 13, 2015 took place in Paris.  In the evenings, especially on weekends, this area is filled with young people enjoying picnics by the water, sitting in cafes, and riding bikes. This is … Read more

Orange is the new… orange

There is no substitute for orange.  The color orange sits on the color wheel between the primaries red and yellow.  It’s a mixture of those two warm colors.  No other primary or secondary color is situated between two warm colors.  In one direction orange leans to red and in the opposite direction it leans to yellow.  That’s why orange is the warmest color. I’ve often wondered why orange and black are Halloween colors. Maybe … Read more

Back to the Bois…

“I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.” – Henry David Thoreau, 1817 – 1862 I painted these trees several years ago in the Bois de Boulogne, and sold the painting to a woman in the park walking her dog. The picture wasn’t finished but when it was I brought it to her … Read more

Painting Safari 2015, Part II

  Dear Friends and Family, While spending more time in France this summer than ever before, yet wanting to travel light when we finally did depart for the US, I decided to explore other painting media.  The sketch above is a watercolor of a café in our neighborhood in the 9th arrondissement… A sketch in acrylic paint of rue Bruyeres.  I can actually see this street when I lean out of my apartment window. … Read more

Cora’s Coffee Shoppe

Last year, on college tour with my family to California, we came upon Cora’s Coffee Shoppe.  Sometimes when you’re on vacation (or on college tour) it’s nice to step out of your motel early in the morning before all the other tourists are up.  Grab a coffee and walk on the beach, or down the Main Street.  Or in this case Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. Cora’s is located on 1802 Ocean Avenue. What … Read more

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