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.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Oil paint as a medium is held in high regard by both painters and the art appreciating public. Oils deserve all the reverence and accolades directed their way. Pigments suspended in oil can be used in a wide range of applications from thin washes to heavy impastos and endless combinations in-between. The colors are radiant and can be blended in subtle or bold ways. On a well prepared surface oil paintings can last for centuries.

Popcorn, oil on linen 3" X 4 1/4",  2008

The very qualities that make oils desirable also make them difficult to master. As a result many artists are reluctant to pursue them. What they don't realize is that hidden in the complexity of oils is an important advantage - they are forgiving. Easily the most forgiving of all the painting mediums I have tried. When wet mistakes or unwanted areas can simply be wiped away. When dry any mark can be scraped away or painted over. If you paint and haven't already done so try oils!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Simplicity II

"One day I will find the words and they will be simple" …..  Jack Kerouac

Nude Study, oil pastel on toned paper, 10" X 8 1/2", 2016

Saturday, November 5, 2016


Sometimes drawing from the live nude can be just the tonic for what ails you. Case in point - an oil pastel on toned paper from a recent long pose session at the Art League in Alexandria, Virginia.

Seated Nude, 12" X 10", 2016