Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Leda and the Swan

Another treatment of a mythological theme that I've rendered before.

Leda and the Swan, 2017, soluble carbon on paper, 24" x 18". Private collection.

After the Rain...

...the world will be clean again. Another acrylic landscape painting (almost completely abstract) on the handmade rag paper. I have a certain kind of landscape image in my mind that I'm trying to get down in paint, & this is the closest I've come so far...

After the Rain, 2017, acrylic on rag paper, 5.75" x 8" approx.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Distant Mountains

Almost a painting about fact there are many layers buried underneath, and it's a painting about mountains.

Toward the Distant Mountains, 2017, acrylic on rag paper, 5.75" x 8" approx.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Approaching Storm

Here are 3 versions of a new small piece, done on handmade Indian rag paper that I bought a small bundle of recently. I suppose it's apocalyptic in nature, but it could be seen in various ways...

The original drawing was done with a gel ink pen (a cheap writing pen bought from the local pharmacy or Staples, I can't remember), the second one is digitally processed, & the final version has acrylic color (images from bottom to top below).

The Approaching Storm, 2017, gel ink pen & acrylic on rag paper, 8" x 5.5" approx.

The Approaching Storm, digital edit

The Approaching Storm, gel ink pen

Thursday, February 09, 2017

The Tower of Humanity 2015-17

This is an example of a painting that I did a couple of years ago (2015) & was reasonably (but not completely) happy with. It's been propped on a small set of drawers in the living room/office for ages, & I've looked at it from time to time. The other day, I decided what was wrong with it was the sky, so I took it & repainted that. Normally, I don't like to "fix" paintings so long after the fact, but in this case I think it worked out for the better...I also changed the title to one that I now prefer, & painted in a tiny bit of background (small triangle of distant background to the left of the "building") to balance out the composition.

The Tower of Humanity, sky repainted 2017, acrylic on board, 16" x 12"
Human Monument, 2015, acrylic on board, 16" x 12".

Thursday, January 26, 2017


A small drawing on handmade Indian paper, done with soluble carbon (not ink) and a brush. The carbon was much darker than I expected, & is at least partially erasable, so this might work as a drawing medium that gives me the richness of ink but with more flexibility...further study is needed...

Enwrapped, 2017, brush & soluble carbon on handmade paper, 8.5" x 6" approx.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

On the scanner: Mexican chocolate bar wrapper

The first in a possible new series of blog postings where I scan something interesting, artistic or otherwise: my daughter was recently on vacation in Mexico, & among the gifts she returned with was this chocolate bar, which I thought was worth the time to scan. On the right of the image is Spanish/English text which describes the imagery better than I could. Click on the image to zoom in for more legible text.

Mexican chocolate bar wrapper

Monday, January 16, 2017

Fun with Glitches

I was just playing around with a glitch generator on this web site:
Basically, glitch art mimics various "errors" that can occur on computer & video screens, for example when interference, scanlines, noise, ghosting etc. appear in digital images. It's an interesting way to corrupt & destroy your artwork (virtually) & can bring out all kinds of random characteristics that might possibly be beautiful in themselves and/or lead to other creative ideas (or not). Here are a few I created...I could have gone much further, but felt that I wanted to retain something of  the original image (Asleep in the Abyss). Enjoy.

Asleep in the Abyss, 2002, brush & ink on paper, 6" x 5.5"

The Veiling of the Bride

Two versions of a new drawing piece—the first was done on a circle of cardboard that came in a frozen pizza packet (waste not, want not), the second, more worked version is on actual drawing paper. The first one is simpler, the second much more complex—I like both for those reasons.

The Veiling of the Bride, 2017, ink on cardboard, 10.75" diameter approx.

The Veiling of the Bride, 2017, ink on paper, 24" x 18".

Sunday, January 15, 2017


I was in Saugerties today (nearby town across the Hudson River from here) in a used bookstore...there is a very nice one there called "Our Bookshop", where I found this large Bruegel book. The book is from 1987, so the printing quality is a little dated, but it seems to be filled with wonderful images. I've always liked Breugel, with his drawings & paintings packed full of interesting, beautiful & grotesque detail, so I'm preparing to feast on this. And it was only $12. Bargain.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

The Rocks of Oblivion

A fairly densely drawn new piece, pushing the number of brushed-in lines to some kind of extreme. I was wondering if it would be too much, but perhaps not...

The Rocks of Oblivion, 2017, 24" x 18"

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

The Isle of the Cyclops

Continuing the island theme (see postings below), here is a small tondo of the fictional Isle of the Cyclops...inspired in part by Böcklin's Isle of the Dead, but with my own twist.

The Isle of the Cyclops, 2017, acrylic on plywood, 6.5" diameter approx.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Medusa 2017

Ink drawing from this morning of a Medusa—a recurring theme in my work. Kept it simple, which is usually best. Third drawing of 2017.

Medusa, 2017, brush & ink on paper, 24" x 18"

Monday, January 02, 2017

The Island of Winter (drawing)

It's customary to do a drawing first, and then a painting later. I sometimes, such as now, reverse that process. I did the little painting The Island of Winter a few days ago (below), and tonight I did the much larger drawing of the same name & idea. Maybe at some point I'll do another painting, but larger still. Also, my second drawing of 2017.

The Island of Winter, 2017, brush & ink on paper, 18" x 24".

A World Made of Dreams

My first ink drawing of 2017, featuring the god Morpheus (lord of sleep and dreams). Not a bad start to the year, not a perfect drawing by any means, but a good omen, I think.

A World Made of Dreams, 2017, brush & ink on paper, 24" x 18".