Ink House Portrait

Though most people prefer watercolor house portraits, I enjoy doing the occasional ink drawing. My challenge is to convey shadow and detail accurately using a variety of pen strokes. Determining the various colors is no longer a problem since the portrait is black and white. A double mat with black as the inner and off-white […]

Summit High School 1962

I was driving through Summit, NJ this morning and passed my old high school. The building looks essentially the same, but a lot of things have changed in Summit since I grew up there. Today I noticed two older homes on the block next to my school have been torn down and replaced with what […]

Quiet Winter Afternoon

It’s cloudy outside; worse than that, it’s very cold. One quiet Winter afternoon I decided the weather wouldn’t keep me from my goal of doing more sketching. I sat down with a cup of hot tea. Looking around the room, I selected this chair as a good subject. I know there are artists who work […]

Serenity

I had this houseplant on my front porch last summer and spent a few pleasant minutes creating this sketch. With most of the Winter still ahead I already look forward to doing more outdoor sketching in the Spring. I am fond of the little metal angel called “Serenity”; I needed some at the time I […]

Summer memories

This watercolor house portrait represents summer to me. I can see good times at the Jersey shore: families gathering at the weekend place, the feel of sand under your feet, the scream of seagulls soaring in the sky searching for leftovers. Since Hurricane Sandy there are fewer small homes like this, a large number being […]

The End of summer

The other day I reluctantly stored my outdoor furniture for the Winter season. While I love the colors of Fall, I could easily convert the months of cold and icy weather to months with more moderate temperatures. Nonetheless, I guess we just have to wait and see what Mother Nature has in store.

Why is the sky blue?

One of the things I’ve noticed about the reference images I work with is that a good amount of them have a cloudy or gray sky. This is a typical New Jersey sky, and while good for photographing (less shadow), it’s not very uplifting. The first thing I paint in any portrait is the sky, […]