Monthly Archives: September 2015

In the studio 9/28/15

The Girl in the Purple Boots is 40″ x 50.” I enjoy the size so much, I prepared 6 additional canvases of the same size. One is in the drawing stage and another is in the early painting stage. The Girl in the Purple Boots is composed from three photos taken in Manhattan. It’s not part of…

Finished ‘Graduation Day’

I finished Graduation Day yesterday. Graduation Day is 42″ x 56.”  Twice before I thought I was approaching the finishing session only to run out of steam. But yesterday’s morning session went well, so I was able to finish it. I’ve been working on paintings in which the scale of the figures varies. Graduation Day’s progression…

In the studio 9/27/15

This small painting (20″ x 24″) is on a canvas board I prepared with traditional gesso (just whiting and glue). I like traditional gesso a lot. It’s smooth and slightly absorbent. Unfortunately, it’s too fragile for canvas and easily cracks. But it’s great on firm surfaces. Canvas board, while not as firm as wood, is firm…

In the studio 9/20/15

Graduation Day is almost done. I teed it up today for the finish, but only shot par. I have to beat par–come on. Some things still bug me; the purple dress for one, and a couple of other things too. I like painting cars.  There are two in Graduation Day. I am planning another painting that is…

In the studio 9/13/15

I put 10 hours into Washington Square today. I planned to spend just a single hour on it before turning to other paintings. I have one I’m itching to get back to; I think I can finish in one long session. But Washington Square sucked me in. I didn’t even watch any of the NFL’s opening Sunday…

In the studio 9/12/15

I finished The Hug today. After a long session, I singed it and took a break by watching episodes of The Hand of God with my wife. The Hug is 34″ x 48″.

In the studio 9/6/15

Main Street #1 getting there. I finished going through the photographs from our Chicago trip. Of the 200 photos, I put 40 in my kit–you know, the kit filled with photos for paintings. The weather in Chicago was sunny (hot) then overcast. It rained then the sun baked the sidewalks with 93 degree heat, unusual…

Visit to Chicago Institute of Art

My wife and I spent several hours in the Art Institute on Friday. We were in Chicago for an AFHU event at the Ritz-Carlton. It was our first visit to the museum and we didn’t attempt to see everything, which is impossible in one visit. Most of our time was spent with the European collections.…