Saturday, February 27, 2010

Winter Series # 15 ~ Inner Harbor, MD

6"x 4" Original Watercolor

A view of a flag flying over an
embankment at Inner Harbor, MD.
The blue hue is the crusted snow
reflecting back the sunsets light.
The background has an impression
of a high rise with a light on in
someones apartment.

I am at Hockessin, DE on Sunday...

Friday, February 26, 2010

Portrait Study #11 ~ child

5"x5" Original watercolor
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This was a study I did to work out the
kinks for the larger Mother and Child
painting from 2/24. The study is totally
different, I had not painted a portrait in
a while and just needed to play with
structure. While different from the final
painting, it is still a good study.

I am spending my evening at the show in
Hockessin, DE. I will be there all weekend
so please come out and see me!

Hockessin Art Show

This weekend... Feb 26- 27- 28th
Hockessin Art Show
Held at the Hockessin Memorial Hall located
in the Hockessin Fire Hall at 1225 Old Lancaster
Pike, Hockessin, DE
Fri.: 6-9pm Sat.: 10am-5pm Sun.: 11am-4pm

This is a fundraiser for the Wilmington & Western Railroad
so 30% of my sales are donated!

Forward this to anyone you know in DE!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

2010 Winter Series #13

3.5"x6" Original Miniature Watercolor
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I am driving Linda crazy with all
these odd size paintings. I found
her stash of scrap watercolor paper
and it is just plain fun to play with
something this small.
Winter Series #14
3.5"x2.5" Original Miniature Watercolor
Another study from French Creek.

More snow!!! I have a show booked for the
weekend in Hockessin, DE.
"To go or Not to go"...that is the question.

I finished another of my larger projects.
I painted this one for my own pleasure.
My friend Ray is a missionary and travels
to Liberia and he allows me to use his

Mother and Child
~ image: 20"x 16"
NFS...I want to live with it for a while!
I will offer it for sale later.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Blue Glass

4"x6" Miniature Original Watercolor
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Every now and then I am attracted
to the quirky. But in my defence I
actually saw this still life. I found it
at the Lancaster Market. A blue vase
turned upside down on a shelf.

Below is my latest larger painting...
I found this window in New Castle, DE.
Interesting peeling paint on the window
frame and nice brick work. But look at
that light across the sail. Great depth.
I enjoyed every brush stroke on this one!

Model Builder ~ framed 20"x23" ~ $1200.00

Monday, February 22, 2010

2010 Winter Series #11 ~ water scape, French Creek, PA

4"x6" Miniature Original Watercolor

2010 Winter Series #12
2.5"x3" Miniature Original Watercolor
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Both of these little water scenes are
from French Creek, PA. I used them
as a demonstration in my class.

Thursday I spent the day at my Alma Mater
Coatesville H.S. in Coatesville, PA. I gave a
talk on being an artist and they watched while
I painted. They were able to ask questions.

I spent 45 minutes with each class.

Friday and Saturday we were with friends in
Inner Harbor, Baltimore. I have a few paintings
in mind from the area. Sunday I spent my day
finishing a large painting which I will show

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Orange Challenge

6"x 4" Miniature Original Watercolor
$300.00 ~ SOLD

I joined a blog called Rookiepainter
They pick a photo for every one to
paint. It is called a"monthly challenge"
You may paint it in any style or medium.
I totally enjoyed the challenge.
Below you can see my sketch and the
original photo they presented.

February's challenge is a perfect still life to me.
Loved the light. Can't wait for March.
Make sure you check out their website

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Swan study

4"x6" Original Watercolor
In fall I went on a men's retreat at
French Creek State Park and I
found this graceful swan. The actual
painting glows, I am very happy with
the way it turned out.

A lot going on today... I am joining two
painting challenge blogs where they pick the
subject and you paint it. I am actually
excited to give it a try. I have my first one
almost finished and need to turn it in
before I can put it on my blog. The other
thing Linda is working on is a blog for my
students work. She has it set up and we are
waiting for my students to hand in the photos.
Should be exciting for them. Speaking of
class, I have one tonight.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Night Sky ~ Full Moon

4"x6" Original Watercolor
$225.00 SOLD

Last month, late at night, I was sitting
at my wife's desk and looked out the window
and this was my view. The sky was a
deep blue with no clouds. The moon was
full and bright and casting light on the snow
that was laying on the branches of the tree.
It is a little quirky but an interesting perspective.

I was in Cape May, NJ all weekend. I will say
they were not prepared for the snow they received.
The roads were still pretty bad, and the trolley
was not running. There was still many without
electric. The crowds at the show were non-existent.
I did not even cover my booth fee let alone my
food, motel and gas. But this goes along with
doing shows. I was going to cancel and just lose
my booth fee but decided at the last moment to go.
An artist is ever hopeful and willing to gamble.
I just guessed wrong! I did work on a large painting
and love the way it is turning out. It should be
finished in a few days and will post it.

Friday, February 12, 2010

2010 Winter Series #10

4"x6" Miniature Original Watercolor
$225.00 Contact the studio

No explanation really needed on this

I am dug out and back on the road!
Tell all your NJ Beach friends I can
be found in Cape May, NJ this weekend.
Pass the word to anyone you know to
stop out and see me.
the show:
Crafts and Antiques in Winter in Cape May
Sat. & Sun. 2/13 & 2/14
Held at the Cape May City Elementary School
921 Lafayette Street, Cape May, NJ
only $1 admission

Happy Birthday to our dear friend Joan!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

2010 Winter Series #9 - snowy landscape

6"x4" Miniature Original Watercolor
$250.00 ~ SOLD!

A snowy rural Lancaster County landscape.
This was before the second round of snow!

I spent most of my day shoveling. We have
so much snow...
Here is a photo of my van
on the street...
After I shoveled the
snow plow went by...

Another photo of my backyard, we will not
be venturing back there for a while.
I am guessing I will not make it to the show
in Cape May this weekend. Our B&B cancelled
because they have not had electric since Saturday.
The show is not taking calls... I will let you know
tomorrow what I decide to do.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Pewter Study

6"x4" Miniature Original Watercolor
$275.00 SOLD
I was studying the patina on this pewter,
trying to make it look as real as I possibly
could. It also picked up interesting reflected

More snow here... I have no idea where I
am going to put it. Here is an interesting
website... see if you can locate me.
Let me know if I do not show up.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Clementine study #2

6"x4" Miniature Original Watercolor

This was a demonstration painting for
my class. A study in shape, color and

I also finished my "Narcissus in Bloom"

The image size is 13"x19"

Saturday, February 6, 2010

CBA show cancelled on Saturday

The CBA show is cancelled for Saturday.
The plan is to be open on Sunday.
Hope to see you then.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Clementine study

6"x4" Miniature Original Watercolor
$200.00 Contact the studio

I was working with a few students on shapes
and had them use my clementines. I decided
to set up my own still life. Notice the subtle
reflection of the clementines in the pottery.

Linda and I went to Lancaster Christian School
to give a joint lecture on being an entrepreneur.
I handled all the art questions and Linda did the
business questions. Great class.

My show season starts this weekend with a big
snow storm scheduled!
Show: CBA Art Show
Feb. 6-7
Held at the Christian Brothers Academy at
850 Newman Springs Rd. Lincroft, NJ.
10am-4pm $5 admission
Please share this with everyone living in
Monmouth County!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Glass Study ~ Salt Shaker & Sugar Bowl

4"x6" Original Watercolor

Another study in glass. Love the lines
of the salt shaker, just an interesting
shape. The sugar bowl had a spoon stuck
in it but again an interesting shape.

Linda and I are giving a lecture at a school
on Thursday about being an entrepreneur
and the business of my art. I usually let the
business end to Linda but we spent a few
days talking about it. I have several
buddies that are business men and they
are talking about the buzz word "Brand"
This got me thinking about what my brand
is. What I want clients to recognize...
1) would be my style, a consistently well
executed painting of quality.

2) I have core values/ethics that come through
with the way I handle myself and my business.
3) I am accessible - anyone can come talk to me,
both clients and other artists.
4) I want to make each client feel that they are
important to me and that I value their purchase
no matter the size/cost. They allow me to paint
for a living so each purchase is important to me.

I think it is good business to stop and have a
discussion about who we are as business people
and as artists.