Wednesday, October 31, 2007

St. Pete's at Harper's Ferry

This is and 18x24 piece that is currently on the easel. It is based on a plein air piece that was painted in Harper's Ferry in October. I still have plenty of work to do on this piece but thought I'd post it anyway because I've been working on it for a while.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Central Park Bridge, part 4

This painting continues. I don't feel that it is resolved and I'll probably take it off the easel now and hang it on the studio wall. After working on it for so long, I'm too close to it and have started canvas licking (not a good thing). I'm not able to see if there are problems with it and need to give myself some space/time from it. Eventually, I'll come back to it and make some adjustments.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Plein Air in Harper's Ferry, WV

Potomac River from Harper's Ferry, WV

St. Peter's Church overlooking the Potomac River
9x12 pastel

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Bridge in Central Park 3

This is the painting after the third two-hour painting session. As with many artists, I must plan my painting schedule around the my job (I'm the business manager for an design agency). For me this means arising at 5:00 a.m. and painting for two hours before getting ready for work. I spend most weekends and many evenings at that easel. Additionally, I study portraiture—I spent a year studying portrait drawing and have recently advanced myself to portrait painting—at the Art League. Finally, I attend figure drawing sessions when my schedule allows.

I haven't posted here in a few days because I was in California for my cousin Chris's 50th birthday party. It was a great time. I just love northern California. The trip was a whirlwind so I didn't have time to paint; although, I did take lots of photos… no surprise there.

Thursday, October 04, 2007


12 x 18 (approx) pastel on Wallis
This is the result of my first attempt at a pastel portrait. I see some problems with modeling and anatomical structure but all-in-all, I'm happy with the result. This piece was done in my first portrait painting class with Kurt Schwartz at the Art Students League in Alexandria, Virginia.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Bridge in Central Park

12 x 15 (approx) pastel on Wallis
This is an underpainting for the piece that is currently on the easel. I'll continue to post progress photos as I go since this will be a multi-session work.