August 18, 2019

I have made a few landscape studies using acrylic paint and hot press watercolor paper. For inspiration I used several photos I took of sunflower fields, somewhere outside of Dikili, Turkey.  I've tried to include interesting cloud formations and just a hint of the lan...

July 21, 2019

Driving to work one day I was stopped at a light and saw the most beautiful clouds. I grabbed my camera and took a photo before the light changed.

 Clouds Over Garwood, NJ

The photo inspired me to try some small cloud studies in pastel. They are in a little 5"x7" spiral...

July 14, 2019

In September of 2017 I visited some cities in Portugal and Spain. Like most people, I take photos of the big sites. But I also took a few photos while we were driving through the countryside. I recently went back to look through them and chose two to use as inspiration...

June 30, 2019

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of hearing Billy Collins read his poetry at the South Orange Performing Arts Center. Wow! I was not expecting to be so thoroughly engrossed and entertained. He is charismatic and very, very funny. I had read some of his poetry before,...

June 30, 2019

An unusual number of Saw Whet Owls have descended upon New York City, apparently due to a lack of food up north. This mass shift in their normal migration pattern is called an "irruption," and is caused by a lack of food in their normal habitat. I haven't been to the c...

February 24, 2019

It started with some persimmons my son brought home one weekend. I had a new paint set and a cheap nib pen. I really liked the contrast of the colors with the black India ink and so I began incorporating more pen work into some of my paintings. Here are some recent exa...

November 25, 2018

Top row:  Blonde Boy, pastel, charcoal and acrylic 6" x 6",

Pothos, watercolor, acrylic, pastel and charcoal 6" x 6"

Bottom row: Pomegranate, watercolor, acrylic and pastel 6" x 6"

There is a lot to digest after visiting Cuba and I am just beginning the process. I am thi...

October 28, 2018

Baby animals and moths are my current obsessions. Lately I've been using pastels and charcoal with my watercolors, and occasionally some acrylic paint. I've been trying out these cradled wood panels. I rather like that they can be hung, or just put on a table.  This si...

October 14, 2018

Wow! It is a huge year for mushrooms! And so much variety!  Mushrooms have been a favorite subject of mine for awhile and all of these new varieties has fed my enthusiasm for them.

Above, mushrooms in charcoal and gel pen

Above, Toad with Mushrooms and Flowers, 2018 mono...

October 3, 2018

Sunday, September 30th was a beautiful sunny day in my hometown of Maplewood.  The weather was perfect for the art and music festival located on Maplewood Avenue and its side streets. This was the seventh year of the event and the first time I participated. It was real...

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