When I travel, I normally pack my portable easel, brushes, and a box of oil paints (with a note to remind customs that my “artist materials” do not pose a danger to air travel). This past August, we were on Cunard’s Queen Victoria, cruising the Baltic Sea. Instead of my usual paints, I packed a sketchbook and some graphic pencils. On sea days, I would pull out the sketchbook and work on copies of master portraits I admire. I learned to appreciate again the fine details you can achieve with a graphic pencil, even a dull one. Here are two sketches. The first is based on the head of the peasant girl in William Adolphe Bouguereau’s painting: “Jeanne” (1888). The second portrait is from the angel’s head in Annie Swynnerton’s “The Sense of Sight”, (1895). Both are approximately 6″ x 4″.
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My painting “Lift”, 16″ x 28″, oil on panel, has been accepted into the 2018 OSA Members Exhibition of Selected Works. The show will run from October 3rd to 28th at the Papermill Gallery, Todmorden Mills, Toronto. There will be an opening reception on October 18, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.
Figurative Art Convention & Expo, November 7 -10 2018 I’ve registered early for the second Next month, Figurative Art Convention & Expo, to be held again at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami. The hosts for this event are Eric Rhoads and Peter Trippi. Some of my favourite oil painters and suppliers will be featured. More […]
My painting “Teddy’s Rescue”, 20″ x 16″, oil on panel, has just been accepted into the Oil Painters of America 2018 Salon Show. This juried exhibition, to be hosted by the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City, Michigan, will be on display from June 22nd to September 1st. Artist members from all across North […]