Sunday, November 1, 2015


SELF SHADOW ON SAIL...This was from a time I turned the tiller over to one of Windigo's crew, when we were sailing north on a long reach with the sun going down behind me.  There's something quite exciting to me about the interplay of light and shadow on a working sail, the contrast between the crispness of the hardware and fabric and the ambiguity of the shades flitting across it.  Nothing remains static for a moment on the water.  Stretched watercolor, 18x27 inches.

Sunday, October 25, 2015


WATERFRONT SUNRISE...doesn't just that very phrase bring to mind a thousand cliches? Perhaps this image of the Canandaigua Yacht Club J22s--waiting for the last race of the season--has enough visual excitement to overcome all those hackneyed connotations.  That's the hull of our boat Windigo looming up on the right.  Stretched watercolor, 11x14 inches.

Sunday, October 18, 2015


VAST EMPTINESS.  This storefront in downtown Rochester, NY kept haunting me each time I walked past it during the urban clearance phase of the 1970s.  I took two photographs of it and filed them but kept thinking about them.  This is the fourth of a series of studies, and the largest.  I may be done with it. Stretched watercolor, 28x42 inches.

Note: this painting was accepted into the 2015 Rochester Art Club annual members show.  On display at Barnes & Noble gallery, Pittsford, NY until end of November.

Thursday, October 15, 2015


RED GLAD...What else is there to say?  it was growing under our kitchen window.  Aren't those shapes great?  Watercolor, 4x6 inches.

Monday, October 12, 2015


Kennebunk Sails and Kennebunport Light.  At the same time that most of my paintings have been growing larger, I took a workshop from the great Paul Allen Taylor, who was suggesting the idea of painting very small, 4x4 inches to be exact.  These images from a couple of old photographs from the '80s were a result when I got home to the studio.  It's liberating to work so small...what is there to lose?  Watercolor, 4 x4 inches.

Saturday, June 13, 2015


BODHIDARMA AND THE FRUITS OF PRACTICE. This is my first charcoal /pastel pencil drawing completed in the Brian O'Neill core drawing class. Bodhidharma, or the First Patricarch, (figure on left) brought Zen Buddhism to China in the fifth century; he's shown holding one slipper in his hand. Other items in this are a bronze sculpture of a meditator that used to belong to Roshi Phillip Kapleau, my great grandfather's Civil War cannonball, a glass marble, a white geode from my personal collection, and a ceramic flower from Mexico that was a gift to me.  Pencil drawing in charcoal/white pastel/colored pastel pencils on paper, approx. 18x18 inches.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


INTERURBAN, NY MUSEUM OF TRANSPORTATION.  This fully restored interurban electric railway car carries passengers weekly at the New York Museum of Transportation in Rush, NY.  It's one of a pair that the museum describes in the inimitable language of railfans: "DE DT AR steel interurban cars (built by Brill, 161 in 1927 and 168 in 1929) ex-Philadelphia & Western RR, ex-Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Co. and ex-Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (1927-1990); ex-Keokuk Jct. Rwy. (1990s); brought to NYMT in 1996; both cars are operational and are positioned for service in the new car house."  As for me, I just fell in love with their orange color, rolling through the green fields of western New York on a beautiful summer afternoon.  This is a second in my series of full sheet paintings on stretchers.  Watercolor, 18 x 27 in.

Monday, April 13, 2015

OSWEGO BAY / Lost Sketch

OSWEGO BAY.  The view from the deck of a WWII long distance tug shows Oswego Bay looking north into Lake Ontario.  Unfortunately this little sketch got destroyed when I dropped a wet paint brush right next to it a couple of minutes after photographing it.  Too bad--I rather liked it.  Watercolor, 8x11 in.  Destroyed.

Saturday, April 11, 2015


FISHING TUG, OSWEGO NY.  This is the stern of the last fishing tug to work Lake Ontario, currently on exhibition in dry dock at the H. Lee White Marine Museum on the pier in Oswego, NY.  The shadows of on board crane were quite dramatic on the summer day when we visited the waterfront.  It's the first of a series of full-sheet paintings done on stretchers.  Watercolor, 18x27.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


J22 Jib.  Another in the series of sails on my J22 sailboat, this is painted on stretched paper.  The sculptural quality of the sail is what attracted my attention.  Watercolor, 12x18 in.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Michelle.  A studio exercise.  Charcoal pencil sketch, Mi Tiente sky blue paper, approx. 16x20 inches.