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 […]

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, […]

Christmas House Portrait

There are some house portraits that are particularly satisfying, such as this Winter scene with Christmas decorations. The way the colors blended at the horizon and the snow on the trees make me happy. This painting clearly says “it’s Winter”. Can you feel the cold air?