Our times are populated by mass imagery, mostly intended to shock, challenge, push boundaries. The pictures are loud. They are confrontational. They can be disturbing. With this figure drawing study, I wanted to turn away from such extremes and instead to explore stillness, subtlety, and modesty in the female form. I found by Anthony Ryder to be an excellent resource in beginning […]
Being an expat is an every day adventure. Saying all-too-frequent good-byes is one of it’s highest price tags. After moving back to “home”, one of my expat friends found herself very much missing her days on Antwerp’s Eilandje. She saw my Graphic Orchids, and asked if I could create a monochrome oil painting for her entryway in the […]
I began this portrait of Damiano at the same time as the Portrait of Isabella. I used the same process and techniques, but for many reasons, this small scale oil painting proved much more challenging in so very many ways. Let’s start from the beginning. I created this very quick profile sketch from life last year. […]
This little oil painting has been in the works for many months. It started with a profile sketch about two years ago, then a second round of profile sketches last year. I decided to turn the sketches into a small-scale portrait this past January. I drew inspiration from Leonardo DaVinci’s La Scapigliata (Head of […]
A snowglobe from New York City, a beret from Paris, a water canteen from the Grand Canyon. When most people think of souvenirs, they think of tchotchkes or the clichéd items that embody a place. Apparently we’re a unique family. On our last trip to Italy, we found this stick on a short hike through […]
Sweet, a little bit shy, and still in wonder at the world. Celeste is a little girl full of life.She came over to sit for a portrait sketch the other day, and left me with a few adorable photos to work into a full drawing. I choose this one of her blowing dandelion seeds because […]
I had the great pleasure of meeting Esraa while teaching art at the American School in Egypt. Not only is she drop-dead gorgeous, she’s also kind, intelligent, and interesting to talk to. Although she wasn’t a teacher, she taught us all so much. I tried to capture not only her likeness, but also her wonderful […]
Here’s a drawing from a little sketching session that I had at home yesterday. It’s a quick portrait focusing on line and proportion in the face. I love high contrast in sketches (and in general), so I used an extra-soft 9B pencil for strong, dark lines.
This drawing took a while to finish… partly due to the size, scale, and complexity of the subject (eyes), and partly because the holidays and several sick family members interrupted. The upside of “slow” is that you can see the progress as the drawing slowly builds up and changes over time. I thought it would […]
Orchids are among my favorite flowers. They are simultaneously so elegant, durable, and frail. In this oil painting, I attempted to juxtapose the delicacy of their form with their toughness… in other words, a rough and graphic artwork that is still “pretty”.