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Update on First Colorado Painting

March 9, 2016

After looking at the painting I had agonized over, and spent boatloads of time on, I knew I had to fix it. There was a critical part of the painting that was really bugging me, but I kept putting off the corrections. Why? Well, the painting was still pretty wet, I got really sick (three weeks of torture, and, well, that’s good enough). I started and finished my next painting, and then felt comfortable going back to correct the problem. The telephone wires!

It’s much better now. Phew!



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Process of a New Painting

February 4, 2016

I hadn’t painted in months. We were moving from NY state to Colorado. All my time was spent getting rid of my possessions of the last twenty three years. Packing a few things, I took only what I might need at the other end. And all that would have to fit in a POD. Hence, it didn’t make sense to start anything new, and have paintings smearing all over the place. So I just didn’t paint. It was sad.

Eventually, we arrived in Colorado Springs just before Thanksgiving. Time to find an apartment. It took three weeks, but we found a nifty little place in the West End. And this painting was done in my dining room, looking out the big window that faces west. Every morning I get to look at Pike’s Peak. And every day it is different. The light on the mountains changes every minute. The mountains take on different colors constantly. And the clouds are amazing. The color of a cloudless sky is amazing. Working on this painting was torture! Because everything changes so rapidly. And I was rusty. The terrain is other worldly for me, and I struggled all the way through this piece. I wanted a heavier paint surface this time, and a playfulness to the piece. I got bogged down a few times, but it came out pretty darn close to what I wanted. Whew! Now I am through the hardest part. Time to discover Colorado with my art.

Here is how the painting evolved:








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September 23rd, Autumnal Equinox

September 24, 2014


I have been a little lax lately. You know. Uninspired, confused, or distracted. Even sick. Ugh. Allergies. All of the aforementioned.

But I have recovered, and am excited to be showing at Open Studios this coming weekend.

Here are a couple of new paintings I am starting, and one I recently finished.

Come see what’s going on! Sept. 27 and 28. Newburgh Open Studios Tour. 11:00-5:00 both days. Get your map at Newburgh Art Supply. A free walking tour, 50 artists.





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Finished the new piece.

October 7, 2013

I was able to finish the new painting, Fullerton and South, before open studios. Left it unsigned as it was still too wet to get a clear signature.

Went back this past Friday and signed my name, signaling to myself that I was happy with the product, and that I had made the decision to leave it and move on.

And yes, I did start a new piece. I will post that after another day working on it.

Here is the finished version of Fullerton and South.


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Starting A Painting

February 3, 2011

When I start a painting, I know what I want to put across to the viewer. It is important to keep that in mind when working the piece, and not lose sight of the point of the painting.

My approach for all three of these pieces was the same. I start by staining the canvas a grey color, by mixing ultramarine blue french, and cadmium red light. Then I use a rag to pull out or wipe off my lightest areas. I start sketching in with the same blue/red mixture, and darkening the darkest areas. At this point, I am ready to apply some color. I have to keep myself from working too fast, and try to pace myself. I find that some nice jazz helps the process.

I try to work on all parts of the painting, and not get stuck on one area.

I know when it is completed. I walk away from it for a time, and come back with fresh eyes. If it is done, then it looks like how I wanted it to look.

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Creating the Blizzard Series Part III-Traffic Lights Are Out

February 2, 2011


Creating the Blizzard Series Part 1

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