Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Loch Raven Sunset

  The sun behind me really lit up the trees on this very cold  day along the Loch Raven Reservoir. Pastel 15x20in

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Young Studs

 Two bulls from the Sayer farm. I sketched them in charcoal on very large sheets of arches watercolor paper starting with black and erasing all of the white. 30 x40 in.

Redboat, Portland Harbor ME

 A memory piece from the summer .11x17 pastel

LochRaven- dusk

 I drove through Loch Raven reservoir last tues. just as the  sun was setting. It was below freezing temp but since the day was clear there was incredible light raking from behind. This piece is unfinished. What I wantto show was the bright yellow light cast on the opposite shore. 16x20in pastel

Monday, January 12, 2015

MfA Members Show 2015

I was honored to receive 2 awards at the Md Federation of Art Members show (juried) , a Jurors award for Actons Cove (my homage to Sisley) and Waterboys, which sold before the show even opened.  Wow. didn't see that coming.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Navy Bridge- Christmas eve fog

 I had Christmas Eve dinner with the family at the Severn Inn on the river just below the Naval Academy Bridge in Annapolis. I remember eating crabs there as a boy many years ago. what's left of the old marina is in the foreground.  I was bowled over by the lights shining through the fog. I took a few shots and from them did a large charcoal, 22x30in.
I started with a toned charcoal surface and used an eraser to create the whites and tones. I blended with fingers , rubbed out and redrew many times.
It was accepted in the MfA Gallery show in Annapolis and is hanging there now till the 24th .  

Monday, November 24, 2014

2 Selfies

I've joined a workshop for teachers with Cheryl Milligan, an accomplished Mentor teacher. The assignment we were given was to do 2 selfportraits. One a "smoothie" and one "Slash and Dash." In giving them names they exhibit to students the range they can achieve, the choices they can make. Most beginners opt for the highly detailed Smoothie when the Slash and Dash can convey much more emotion. Lighting the face is crucial. Strong shadows convey drama as well as bone structure.