The next step

I have worked from the live nude periodically since the early 1970's. This blog started August 9th, 2012 in my second year of working almost exclusively from the figure.

In the fall of 2015 I reintroduced still lifes and an occasional cityscape into my painting repertoire. Rather than abandon this figure blog or start a new one I decided to add them to the conservation.

All drawings and paintings posted on this blog were done entirely from live models or on location.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Fake Joints and Other Fixes

In the wake of my show last February I wasn't prepared to take on any new projects. I did, however, have a few "finished" paintings around the studio that had some issues. As a general rule I am reluctant to re-visit completed works as past attempts have yielded mixed results. But most of these paintings seemed eminently correctable needing only minor changes and clarifications. One work, a 17 year old still life, proved a bit more complicated.

Album Cover Still Life, oil on canvas, 18" X 22", 1999-2016

The birth place of this painting was a cramped dark attic studio in the late 1990's. It was apparent that I had been overly influenced by the environment and the result was a very dark painting. The value of whole areas needed to be lightened and of course one change necessitated another. Ultimately the project spanned several weeks and required recreating most of the original setup (including rolling a fresh joint - cigarette tobacco this time).  It is a lot easier to hit the "enhance" button on a photo app.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


All good art involves an emotional connection between the artist and the subject. The very best works, the ones that spark your passion, are the ones that seduce you. The work is calling you. From the moment a concept takes form you are in a very real sense helpless. When at the easel you don't want to leave. When away you can't wait to get back.

Nude Study, oil pastel, 7" X 7", 2016

I have experienced the joy of being seduced by drawings and paintings many times over the decades. It is a wonderful thing. However, one must be careful with longer term projects. A seduction can easily morph into an obsession. If longevity is even remotely ones goal it is advisable to maintain some distance and perspective in the midst of an amorous seduction.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Year Three

August 9th marks the third anniversary of this blog. Anticipating the first and second anniversaries I composed posts specifically dedicated to the occasions. This summer has been so consumed with painting outside that the date snuck up on me. So with no burning issues in mind as I start my fourth year blogging I will just share an early "warm down" drawing from my recent expectant mother sessions.

Seventh Month, oil pastel, 12" X 6", 2016

Compared to three years ago I am in a very different place with regards to both my art and life in general. The fascination continues to be that each new door I pass through seems to invariably lead to more doors.