Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Day of Monoprinting

Yesterday I taught a "Monoprinting Without a Press" workshop in West Hartford, Ct. The class caught on to the printing techniques very quickly and each did a series of beautiful, unique prints. Some of the ghost prints (the second image pulled from the same plate) were even better than the originals.  The monoprinting process lends itself to more abstract imagery and designs, one never knows exactly what they're creating until they pull the print - thats the mystery which makes the process so exciting! Above are a series I did in preparation for the class, as well as a photo of my "pressing" students.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Red Cosmo

 8x8" Acrylic on Gessoboard
Click to Bid (sold)

Friday I taught a "How to Paint Fast, Loose and Bold" Workshop at the Art Academy of Westchester. This is the demo I did, a red Cosmo in a blue bottle. "Part 2" of the workshop is June 8. Join us if you can!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Every flower type we have planted around the house sooner or later becomes a meal for the deer - tulips, hydrangeas, irises, azaleas ... here today gone soon after. Everything except these hardy little daffys. 

I'm teaching a workshop this weekend at Art Academy of Westchester - "How to paint fast, loose and bold" - Come join us! 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter Bouquet

Spring has sprung and the flowers are beckoning! Who can resist? 

Easter Bouquet
9x12 Acrylic, Price on request

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bowl of Fruit

I painted a bowl of fruit while my students took on a luscious vase of fuchia and red tulips. Sometimes I set up several still lifes around the room, I offer several choices depending on how courageous everyone is feeling.... There was a carton of white eggs vying for attention but compared to the tulips, there was no comparison - and alas, no takers.

Bowl of fruit
10x12 Acrylic Price on request

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Rose Quickies

Often while teaching a class, I'll set up an easel and start painting whatever happens to be around. I do this for a couple of reasons: 1. so that I'm not hovering over students constantly, making them feel self conscious, and 2. to show them that getting to the essence of the subject can be accomplished rather quickly, without sweating the details.  Doing this gives them the choice to either watch me do a few demos, or they can continue working on their own paintings and just glance up every now and then. Sometimes I have to reiterate that we are not trying to paint fast to get into the Guiness Book of World Records. We are doing this to accomplish, in as few "choice" economical strokes as possible, the shapes and values that are important to communicating our subject and its form, and eliminating everything else that isn't contributing. 
Another reason, come to think of it, is that sometimes we just don't have much time to paint!

Rose Quickies
Acrylic 11x14 Price on request