Thursday, December 20, 2018

Monday, December 17, 2018

Process...two women on the beach

 This was my demo this morning.  I was showing that not always doing a finished drawing in the beginning can allow for the looseness of adding and carving the shape in order to create the image.  I feel sometimes that if I draw the figures completely first then I'm coloring in rather than making decisions about lost and found edges

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Monday, December 3, 2018

Sicilian Boats

Morning demo...8 x 10 oil on board.  Talked about a few things...that the foreground and everything behind it can't compete...and that all those whit boats can't be the same.  I put the photo reference below so you can see the amount of simplification and editing.  A photo should inspire but not control you

Thursday, November 29, 2018




9:00 TO 3:30



Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Sicilian Laundry

My first demo back in the states after a great time teaching in Sicily.  This is "Sicilian Laundry" 8 x 10 oil on canvas

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Church in Naxos  oil
 Just back from teaching a workshop in Sicily.  What a gorgeous place...we were in Giardini Naxos near Taormina and right on the ocean.  Here are a few demos in oil and pastels
Dramatic sky and water oil

10 strokes

Dramatic sky oil

Mt Etna oil

Mt Etna pastel

rough sea oil

Volcanic Rocks and sea pastel

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Tuscan View

I did this painting, 10 x 10, on a linen canvas with no underpainting.  It is softer than usual and I like the look in person.  Not sure it photos all that successfully

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Monday, October 22, 2018

Some Peacham paintings

Foggy Morning Peacham, 12 x 12, was my morning demo today.  Always trying to get away from too much green.  The other is an 8 x 10 of downtown Peacham.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Plein Air Warren, VT

Had a cold but fun time painting in Warren, Vt with some friends.  9 x 12 oil on canvas

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Peacham Sky

Monday morning's demo...done from two different references.   The idea being not to be controlled by the reference but by your own vision.  8 x 10 oil on canvas

Monday, October 15, 2018

Wine Time

Wine Time is another struggle for me.  Not sure it's done and might do some tweaking.   Or might forget it.

Saturday, October 13, 2018


I just found this video on line and also discovered that if you google me, there are others as well.  This does a pretty good job of showing my process...can't stand looking at myself but the painting shots aren't bad.  This was from a plein air through my gallery, Camden Falls Gallery, a couple of years ago.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Student 10 stroke work

Here are some examples of my students' work on the 10 strokes.  They were awesome!

Monday, October 8, 2018

10 stroke eggplant

Did some 10 stroke exercises with class today.  Along with practicing better brush strokes and really loading the brush, we also talked about turning form with color not value.

This was my only half way decent 10 stroke!  Some of my students blew me away though.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Corner of Maple Tree Lane and Peacham Danville Rd

I have painted this scene various times and never tire of the light and colors I see here.  When I leave Peacham, VT I get to this corner and always marvel.  12 x 12 oil on canvas

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Utility Room

Utility Room is 16 x 20 oil on canvas.  Such a difficult painting.  Not sure it is totally done yet.  I really had to start making changes that were all about the painting and its unity and color and nothing about the reference.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

OPA Eastern Regional

I am very happy to say that my painting, Water Marks, oil on canvas 16 x 20 has been accepted into the Oil Painters of America's Eastern Regional Show!  It was a lovely surprise

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Cincinnati Art Club Workshop

 Had a fabulous time at my workshop at the Cincinnati Art Club.  Great students and even did some 10 stroke exercises.

Got to be the juror of awards for the Viewpoint national show as well.  Fabulous work and a very difficult job!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Valley Arts Workshop

 Had a great group for my Valley Arts workshop in Waitesfield, VT.  A couple of demos...oil on board

Friday, September 7, 2018