Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Downtown Stamford, Two Ways

A local resident commissioned me to paint an 11x14 watercolor of the downtown Stamford area. I did two versions in slightly different styles: one in watercolor with some watercolor pencil details and the other in an ink-over-watercolor technique.

Here's version 1:

Downtown Stamford, CT 1 - SOLD

And here's version 2:

Downtown Stamford, CT 2

I rarely paint the same scene twice, so this was an interesting experience. The second one felt more spontaneous - it was as if my hand had "learned" the structure of the scene.

The resident chose version 1. Which style do you prefer?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


Reposting a sketch I did several years ago of a caricaturist in Paris, on this day of tragedy.

Montmartre_sketcher, Paris

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

In My Day...

Ice rink, Westerly, RI

... we did not use milk crates to steady ourselves on the ice. We just balanced on our blades and figured it out. Apparently today's kids need walker-style skate trainers, makeshift milk-crate towers lashed together with wire ties, and all kinds of other aids. Sigh. It was much more fun to sketch at Washington Trust Community Skating Center in Westerly, RI, than to dodge their crates.

It was so warm over Christmas that I sat on the bench outside Bank Square Books to capture the downtown Mystic scene.

Downtown, Mystic, CT

Saturday, December 27, 2014

A Year of Mystic Memories

Selected a bunch of sketches and paintings I'd done in and around Mystic, Connecticut, over the years to create a 2015 calendar on Shutterfly. Got two of them made as gifts for M.'s mom and grandmother. It was really easy to create, and the printing and paper quality are excellent.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Downtown Stamford

Small paintings of downtown Stamford, CT, from my original photos.

Looking down Atlantic Street, Stamford, CT

Bedford Street, Stamford, CT

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Video: 5 Tips for Balancing Work, Life and Art

Had to create a video for a conference speaker application, so I made M. learn iMovie, and I made a quick visual listicle about sketching while on the go.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Paying Tribute

Autumn colors, Rowayton, Connecticut

At the junction of Wilson and Rowayton Avenues in Rowayton, Connecticut, is this Civil War cannon, inscribed with memorials to area veterans.