Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dark Self Portrait

A new charcoal self portrait!  I am taking more advantage of the full range of values in this one.  The dark scheme of this one reminds me a little of a Fantin Latour self portrait drawing I admired once in a book.  

"Dark Self Portrait" 16x25in, charcoal on Ingres paper with some white chalk.  2014, For Sale

Wine & Art Event at Embassy of Bolivia in Washington D.C.

Coming up May 1st I will be attending an art exhibition with wine and music at the Bolivian Embassy in Washington D.C.  Five of my works will be up on display and for sale, with a portion of sales going to help the charity Nueva Vida.  

The Esperanza Event is an annual Art & Wine Exhibition that features local and international artists and vineyards. This year the Esperanza Event is at the Embassy of Bolivia (3014 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008) from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Alt, Beck & Gottschalck.  Oil on canvas, 2013.  16x20 in

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Live Painting Demo at Principle Gallery

On April 11th I packed my art supplies and got ready to paint in front of a live audience.  It was quite the blast to create a temporary painting studio in the middle of one of my favorite art galleries in Old Town, Alexandria and to get 4 hours to study and paint an amazing model which the gallery provided.  Michael Mattice was a rock solid model with a great personality, and a fantastic album of music which we got to listen to during the course of events too.  

The demonstration was part party, part art instruction, and part painting performance.  For those of you familiar with taking workshops and painting in a school this was a little different because most of the guests had drinks in their hand.  The array of spectators was amazing and ranged from little toddlers to seasoned individuals.  I painted most of the time, and answered questions during the breaks during which things got pretty loud and boisterous and then would hush down again when painting recommenced.  I also got to meet a lot of fellow artists who I had only been acquainted with via Instagram and Facebook, etc.   Right away I was also invited to do a demo as a guest instructor at a local college too.  So all in all a great night!

Here we are about an hour or so in.  I am painting sight size, with a full palette.  This meant that I did a lot of walking back and forth to view the model from a distance of about 5 ft.  


You can also read the Principle Gallery's blog post-

And here is the link to the footage that they live streamed at the event-

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Live Painting Demo April 11, 5-9 pm

My painting demonstration is going to be streaming live from 5-9 pm tomorrow on April 11.  To view go to:

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Live Painting Demonstration- STREAMING LIVE!

This event will now be streaming live.  Go to

Come join me for my first live painting demo!  At Principle Gallery, 208 King St, in Alexandria VA.  From 5-9 pm, on April 11th.  I'll be painting a portrait in an art gallery full of wonderful pieces in historic Old Town.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

New drawings

"Self Portrait"19x22", charcoal on paper.  Unsold

"Self Portrait" Detail

"Heidi" 19x26", charcoal on paper 2014.  Unsold

"Teapot" 19x26", charcoal on paper.  Sold

"Bow" 21x22, charcoal on paper.  Unsold

Saturday, March 22, 2014


"Locks" 19.5 x 26", charcoal on paper. 2014 Sold

This drawings relies on line as much as it does on tone and shading to convey the overall impression of life, form, and dimension.  I start the work with a gestural, flowing line sketch and then proceed to block in shadows and establish form from there.  Much of the calligraphy you see in the lower half of the drawing was established right off in the first few minutes.  Then I establish my point of study, in the this case the face, and expand my focus from there.  I could have kept going in the same manner, or even have left the hair less finished.  In either case the drawing would have conveyed what I had wanted it to and served its purpose.  In other words this is a "stop when you feel like it", expressive, notation taking sketch.  I like to do these in contrast to my much longer and involved oil painting projects.  

Some of my tools; sandpaper for filing a point, conte crayons in black and white.  Conte pencils in black and white, soft, medium and vine charcoals.  Jumbo charcoal, a kneaded eraser, bristle brushes.  Refreshment.  

Work in Progress, charcoal drawing of an Alt, Beck & Gottschalck doll

The progression through the stages of a drawing.  In these works I am trying to keep my hand loose and I find for that this works best if I keep my drawings life size.  That way I don't have to really sharpen any needle fine points, but rather this lets me take advantage of the natural shape and marks that these tools make.  I strive to leave impressions rather than details.  

Friday, March 14, 2014

Pen, Ink And Charcoal

Here are some new works in various drawing media.  I have added two brand new sections to my online portfolio called "Drawings & Small Works" and "Pen & Ink" respectively.  I hope to flesh these sections out by adding new works on paper regularly.  The energy and calligraphy that is possible in drawings is a wonderful thing and I hope that more of my budding ideas find expression this way so that I can share them with you.  Whenever I get "tired" of painting, working with these medias really refreshes me.  They are fascinating to develop and learn with, and i enjoy these new ways to annotate and abbreviate my subject matter.  

"Self Portrait With Studio Doll" 24x19", charcoal on paper. 2013 Sold

"Orlando" 22x15", charcoal on paper. 2013 Unsold

"Screaming Clown" 16x14", charcoal on paper. 2013 Unsold

"Brown Teddy" 4.5x4.5" Sold

"Ophanim" 4x4"

"Study of a Putto" 5x8" Sold

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Armand Marseille

The Armande Marseille, 12x16 inches, oil on canvas 2013

Over the last year or so I have been at work on a series of doll portraits.  As far as Teresa Oaxaca's go these oil on Claessens linen paintings are petit; each measuring in at 12x16 inches.  They could almost fit under your arm if it were not for the gigantic baroque frames in which they inhabit.  

New paintings from this series pop of at unexpected times.  Various people have responded to them in strong ways, describing these ineffable works as uncanny, macabre, and beautiful, or inspiring. Here is one such review from the owner of this painting.
"...I just LOVE my little Armand Marseille Doll painting....I call it 'Carpe Diem!' Because it is a constant reminder for me to seize the moment, and to live well! I have it in my studio, and it makes me smile every day! Thanks so much for bringing this little wonder into the world, it makes me happy!"

The Kestner, 12x16 inches, oil on canvas 2012

Sometimes I don't get to hear what people think of my works as was the case with this piece which hung for a time in a gallery window of Old Town, Alexandria.  

Currently only the "Mexican Doll" inhabits my studio to keep me company, for which I am really glad because it is an exquisite piece.  The magenta and viridian make an unusual harmony and serve to set off the yellow gold of this Bru doll's head and the small skull that she carries.  This piece brought to mind for me the carnival atmosphere Day Of The Dead celebrations.  More info on this piece.

Some closeups 

I like the way the red contrasts with the pink here.  I've been using lead white which makes for great texture.

This frame is great.

Nice sleeve details.