Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Goodbye, Snow. Hello, Sunshine!


Castro Street, Mountain View, CA
Big news: We're in the middle of moving to California! More about that soon, plus sketches from my "jobmoon" trip to Italy. The past several weeks have been a whirlwind of prepping, packing, list-making and house-hunting, so on Saturday I took a few hours off to meet up with the South Bay Urban Sketchers. We met at Red Rock Coffee Company in downtown Mountain View and then wandered down Castro Street with our sketchbooks. It was a great way to start the weekend!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Bit of GE History in Schenectady

GE building, Schenectady, NY
For M.'s birthday I surprised him with a three-state roadtrip extravaganza to see family and friends; he was behind the wheel but didn't know where we were headed. Our first destination was Schenectady, NY, to see a performance by the Mop & Bucket Company, an improv group. We reached there as the sun was setting, creating a brilliant-hued backdrop for GE's original headquarters (cool trivia: its zip code is 12345).

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Warm Thoughts

As we gear up for yet another wintry mix event here in Connecticut, it's nice to remember that the snow will, eventually, melt. Here are two paintings I did several years ago, inspired by a workshop I took with artist William McCarthy at the Rowayton Arts Center.

Glowing Skies - SOLD

Tranquility

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

Tribute

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.