Wednesday, November 30, 2016


WHITE TEACUP.  This piece was done in Brian O'Neill's studio as part of my course of study on the ellipse.  It was drawn from life with the subject in a shadow box.  Charcoal and white pastel, Canson Mi-tiente sky blue paper, approx. 7x7 inches.  Available matted and framed.

Friday, November 18, 2016


WAVES.  I recently decided it was time to learn how to paint waves and have undertaken to learn how depict them more accurately.  After a few years of painting sailboats you might think this was something I'd have naturally accomplished but, no, when one of my students asked me how to do this I realized that my knowledge was kind of, I've been exploring different approaches.  These sketches are some of the results.  The one at the top shows a November gale pounding the lighthouse at the Port of Rochester.  The smaller ones are progressively older and depict various scenes, some imaginary and stereotypical.  Closely studying the anatomy of wave forms can be quite interesting and is something to which I will devote more time.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


L/R: Kim Rooney, Debbie Buckpitt, Patti Ottley, Don Sims, Amy Harris (2), and Cheryl German

RED ZINNIAS: A sight to make a teacher proud! this series of red zinnias was created by my students in class at the Creative Workshop of the U of R Memorial Art Gallery.  Click on the image to see them in more detail.  Not only is it lovely work, but it's intriguing to see what different treatments each student came up with when using the same colors, same paper and same original reference image!

Monday, October 3, 2016


Summer Squall on Main Street.  This is a view from the Hungerford Building in Rochester, NY looking to the west as a squall from Lake Ontario has just passed over the city.  Note that it was not done in my usual medium of watercolor; the level of detail is extraordinarily fine and can probably not be fully appreciated when looking at it here.  Charcoal and white pastel pencils on Canson Mi-Tiente paper, 19-3/4 x 9-1/2 inches approximately; double matted with a reverse cut in a pearl charcoal frame, 16-1/2 x 25 inches.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


WHITE TREE IN MERTENSIA PARK.  A small, quick sketch from the bridge over the Great Brook in Mertensia Park, Victor, NY.  I love the cold light in early spring.  Watercolor, 4 x 6 inch unframed.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


PASSING J22 USA840 ON A REACH.  This sketch shows a view from the cockpit of my own J22 USA903 on Canandaigua Lake looking south during the interval between the Thursday night races.  Watercolor, approx. 7.5 x 10 inches unframed.

Friday, July 1, 2016


CHAPIN STREET AT SUNDOWN.  Looking to the west on Chapin Street from Main Street in Canandaigua, NY just prior to sunset.  The dark glowering presence of the brick building on the right contrasted strongly with the sunny facade on the left...this is an example for me of how light can transform the most prosaic of scenes.  Watercolor, 9 x 12 inches

Monday, June 20, 2016


WINTER'S END.  J22s US840 and US903 uncovered during spring preparation for launch.  Watercolor, 9x13 inch, 16x20 inch mat.

Thursday, June 2, 2016


VALENTOWN ROAD (demo):  This is the exercise we did in today's Creative Workshop Watercolor class, showing how a boring reference photo can be transformed by addition of storm clouds and a raking light to add drama.  Watercolor, 9-1/2 x 13-1/4 inches.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

QUILTING SHED: Class Demonstration Sketch

Quilting Shed.  This is a photo of my demonstration piece I promised to post for the Creative Workshop Beginning Watercolor students.  We worked on this image in the final class and didn't have time for everybody to finish their class project.  Remember, I will be glad to review anybody's work if you send it to me.  Thank you all for a great class.  Watercolor sketch, 6x9 inch.

Saturday, March 5, 2016


SUGAR MAPLE.  This is an exercise in capturing the glow of light on a maple branch in the autumn.  Watercolor, 6 x 9 inch.

Friday, March 4, 2016


BARN SIDING.  This will be one of the exercises for the Spring 2016 intermediate watercolor class at the University of Rochester Memorial Art Gallery Creative Workshop.  Students will learn how to lay down several wet-into-wet washes, and then finish them with calligraphy.  The original scene is the barn where we store our sailboats over the winter, out in Hopewell, NY.  Watercolor, 6 x 9 inch.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


MANGANESE SKY.  This exercise was mostly an excuse to test out some rare (and expensive!) Old Holland Manganese Blue in the sky, a color famed for its granularity and lovely hue...the reproduction here may not do it justice, but the original is quite satisfactory.   Watercolor, 6 x9 in.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016


SUCCULENT.  My homage to Edward Weston's 'Pepper'.  This sketch is preparatory work for what may be a large piece.

Sunday, February 28, 2016


TOWNER BARNS.  A preliminary sketch of these lovely barns on Victor-Egypt Road here in upstate New York on a classic autumn day.  The barn on the left, I'm told, was used for great grandmother may have even joined a quilting bee there since she lived only about a mile away.

Friday, February 26, 2016


SKETCHES FROM THE LAMBERTON CONSERVATORY.  I'm teaching a sketching class here this winter, and these are couple of sketches I've done since class has started...the greenhouse in the snow, an hibiscus and one of the tortoises they keep.  The Conservatory is part of the Parks Department in the city of Rochester, NY and an excellent place to get some green and warmth and color in the middle of a gray winter.  The University of Rochester, Memorial Art Gallery's Creative Workshop hires me to teach these classes...we may do them again next winter.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Burnsides Bridge, Antietam Creek.  At this now bucolic site, three separate Union attacks were required to take the bridge from a handful of Confederate sharpshooters shooting down from the ridge above.

Monday, February 22, 2016


Aerial Perspective.  This is an exercise I like to use in class to demonstrate how to create depth by moving from blues in the background to yellow in the foreground, working through the appropriate colors in between.