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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Omar


I met Omar in the Sahara recently. He was a 65 year old nomadic Berber who eventually decided to settle down in one spot. He now owns a small farm with a few crops and a bit of livestock. He's quite ingenious and was busy building pumps and wells to water his crops. When I asked his age, he proudly produced his I.D. which was very carefully preserved and kept in a re-purposed KoolAid envelop. I found him charming and quick witted and he served tea while we chatted.

Acrylic on canvas 12" X 24"

Berber Walking Away


After a month in Morocco I was completely smitten by the gracious and charming Berber people I met near the Sahara. I also loved the colorful fabrics. tiles and carpets that were everywhere. In one the hotel I saw a simple depiction which caught my fancy. I think what I loved was the simple palette as a juxtaposition to all the color surrounding it. Here's my version. 

Acrylic on canvas 24" X 36"

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Oyster Shucker


This is from a photo taken by my friend Tim Needham (Tim's website). Its a gentleman he photgraphed recently in New Orleans. I loved his face.

11" X 14" Prismacolor on Bristol

Manuel


I'm back to colored pencil for this one. Manuel was a tour guide for a wonderful journey through the Basque country of northern Spain and then on to Portugal. Its an unusual angle I admit but for whatever reason, it appealed to me.

11" X 14" colored Prismacolor on Bristol

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Young Jimi

A friend wanted this. Seemed like a reasonable thing. So to pass the time during a bleak winter period I obliged him.

Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas 20" X 20"

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Young Ballerina

Back to a favorite subject over the years and a return to acrylics. Its a little like going home.

24"X 36" Acrylica on gallery wrapped canvas

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Egg


Still playing around with colored pencil. Just an egg nestled in some fabric. Nothing too exciting but I like it.

Colored Pencil on Bristol Vellum 8" X 8"

Monday, May 9, 2016

Sarah


A nice photo  is hard to resist - especially when it has something unique about it. In this case, the angle from slightly above, really sets it apart from the standard photo. Anyway, I asked her if I could use the photo as a reference and she graciously consented. I think I'm finished...

8 X 10 Prismacolor pencils on Bristol Vellum

Monday, April 25, 2016

After the War


Some time, shortly after the end of WW II, Joe Gofford, the father of a friend of mine, was on his way home. One of his ship mates captured this image of him sprawled out on the deck of a troop transport. Its a favorite picture of his daughter who posted it on line one day and indicted wistfully that she wished she had a sketch of it. The pose was so unique with his elongated posture showing off the soles of his shoes, that I decided to indulge her wish with this quick sketch.

Pencil on Bristol Vellum 8" X 12" 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Girl on a Wall with Balloons - SOLD


This a continuation of the children with balloons series. It was spoken for almost before the paint dried. I struggled with what color to paint the balloons and finally decided not to go outside the palette I had already begun.

24" X 36" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Girl With Red Balloons


This is one of those old thoughts that niggles in the back of your mind until you just have to work on it. So today, that's just what I decided to do. I kept the palette very limited and just looked at the blocks of color. I'm pleased with the results.

20" X 20" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Panamanian Ox Cart Driver


On a very hot day in Panama I took an ox cart ride to the Ron Abuelo Rum distillery. I sun was not only hot but high in the sky. As we disembarked the carts this drivers face captured my attention and imagination. It was Carnival and most businesses were closed, including the distillery, but we were on a specially arranged visit and this man was one of three who hooked their oxen up to their carts and drove us to the distillery when he could just have easily stayed home and celebrated. By the way, 30 year old Rum is quite a treat.

Acrylic 11 X 15 Strathmore 140# cold press

Embera Lady



A couple of weeks ago, on a trip to Panama, I was fortunate enough to visit a village of the Embera people. It was an enlightening opportunity. The people were friendly and welcoming. We were able to enjoy a delicious lunch with a local family. This amazing group are diligently working to keeping the native traditions alive while allowing small numbers of tourists to visit. They produce lovely handicrafts and live off the land and the adjoining river. This lady was a fine example of the beautiful faces I saw there.

Acrylic 11" X 15" Strathmore 140# cold press

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Me and Dad

This child is considerably older now but the sweetness of this photo still tells a great story of love between father and son. Over the years I've looked at it many times thinking "I should do something with this". Finally I couldn't resist. The boys hair is not as yellow as it appears but my photo skills are not the best.....

Prismacolor pencils on Bristol Vellum
8" X 10"

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Vietnamese Village Lady Smoking

I photographed this lady in North Vietnam several years ago. Over the years I've come back to look at her numerous times. She was crouched on the bare ground enjoying a cigarette while watching a group of American tourists exploring her village. She never interacted with anyone and I often wondered what she was thinking. I would have liked to hear her story and wish she had shared her memories of the war years.

Prismacolor pencil on Bristol Vellum

Monday, September 21, 2015

Wash Day - SOLD


This didn't turn out as well as I had hoped but it was a learning experience and fun none the less. I've always loved this photo. My niece took it a couple of years ago. She washed for a husband and two sons so there are always lots of jeans in the laundry. During summer she hangs them outside to dry.

Prismacolor on Bristol 

 


Lora


I recently decided to try colored pencil. it's quite a different expirience but I am finding it an interesting change,

Prismacolor on Bristol Vellum

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Ken Dermer



It's a good thing I got busy today to clean up some unposted paintings. I just found another one from a trip to France in Dec 2014! Ken was our guide extraordinaire for a lovely cruise down the Seine to visit village Christmas markets. He was terrific.

Acrylic on Arches 300# cold press paper
9" X 12"

En la Playa


This little piece was a request by a friend...his favorite photo of his lovely wife. I liked the photo too as it had some nice strong contrast and just seemed so natural.

Acrylic on canvas 16" X 24"

Bull Elephant


I've been terribly lazy of late what with the lovely weather and all. This was painted months ago though I never bothered to post it.

Acrylic on canvas 16" X 24"

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Woman With a Ring II


What can I say? I'm still having fun with this series. I can,t say why they appeal to me but it's been such fun...I do like jewelry!

acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas  24" X 36"

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Woman With a Ring

The 7th in this series of women with their jewels. I've nothing more to say except it has been an interesting journey so far. Now wherever I go, I am looking at the jewels women wear and noticing how they display them. Some women go to great lengths to help you focus on their jewels. Others simply take them in stride...

24" X 36" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Woman With Jewels in Back


It's really a shame you can't see this in person. Her necklace and earring is made with strands of iridescent copper and beads created with blobs of mica. The beads are quite 3 dimensional but it doesn't photograph as such.

Acrylic on 24" X 36" gallery wrapped canvas

Friday, March 14, 2014

Three Strands


I have been having such fun with this series...even with a month away in the middle I was able to keep my interest and enthusiasm going (not an easy task). I wasn't sure this would work and I struggled for quite awhile until I finally felt it showed what I was trying to convey. For this whole series I have been using interference paints and iridescent paints on the jewelry which does not photograph well at all. Suffice to say, they are a lot more fun in person.

24" X 36" Acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Girl with Pearl Necklace -SOLD


I love the juxtaposition of ideas between the pearls and the cigar. I think it's rather unexpected. At the same time I love the dark moody club feel. My last few paintings have been in bright colors and I probably needed to return to my comfort zone with something dark again. I'm have a lot of fun with this series. there are still 6 more I want to do. Then what? I'll have 10 paintings of women with their jewels....it makes me laugh.

24 X 36" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Girl With a Gold Necklace


Continuing my series of women and their jewelry I offer this lovely lady with her very modern artsy necklace. This turned out to be a favorite for me personally but it nearly didn't happen. I worried and stewed for several days about how I was going to capture this necklace. Finally I thought about the advice I give others when faced with a difficult challenge. Amazingly it worked for me too. Must be good advice I guess. This was not easy to photograph because I used interference paint on the metal which gives a wonderful effect in person but you can not see it in a photograph.

Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas 24" X 36"

Monday, December 16, 2013

Girl with Silver Bracelet



Continuing to find joy in off beat palette colors (at least off beat to me) and these stylized women with their jewelry. Having such fun. It's been a long time since I was excited by a series! I already have two more lined up to do - amazing! About 5 years ago I did a series of old faces that had me going for a fairly long period of time. This may just be another long journey...

Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas  20" X 20"

Monday, December 2, 2013

Girl With Dangly Earring

I do not expect you to like this but for me personally, it was wonderfully freeing and satisfying. The palette and style is stretched beyond my normal comfort zone but I love it and am quite pleased with myself. Sometimes you just need to explore outside your comfort zone!

24" X 36" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Sunday, November 3, 2013

My Favorite Turk


I just spent several weeks touring in Turkey. One day, we lunched with a lovely family. This gentleman was the family patriarch and was very happy to share with us what his family's life is like. He was wearing this knit cap that seemed so out of place to me but he was quite comfortable in it. The cap was so bright and had such a strong geometric design that I quite taken aback with it's unexpected appearance at lunch. He quickly charmed me and I almost forgot all about his cap.

Acrylic on Arches 140# cold press 9" X 12"

Friday, August 2, 2013

Discarded Rose


A rose discarded in a puddle one evening....

20" X 20" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas.