Vermilion, OH

In the Studio 3/3/2013

The light was poor this morning but improved as the day worn on; eventually the sun made an appearance.  March has been an extension of February which was an extension of January–in other words, it’s been non-stop winter. This photo was taken early this morning. The lake looks like a stretch of Siberian tundra. Got…

In the Studio 2/17/2013

A productive day with a lot of good sunlight.  I finished two self-portraits this morning (a gouache and another pastel-gouache), almost finished the drawing for a new still life (oil), then worked on the oils in the accompanying photo this afternoon. Why so many self-portraits lately? It’s not because I’ve developed a new found self-fascination–hell…

On the Easel Feb. 10, 2013

Picasso said he became an artist because he wanted to have his own collection of paintings.  That sounds apocryphal but if he didn’t say it, he should have. I’ve been working on these pieces these two days.  Working on a painting about being on The Betty Jane and fishing is especially apt on a cold…

In the Studio 1.27.13

Lake Erie finally froze this week.   When the Lake freezes, a giant marker highlights ‘winter’ and shouts WINTER.  Often, after many storms, the snow and ice are thrown into huge mountains that reach amazing height and transform the Lake into a silent, alien world. I took this shot from the studio window at first light. …

Book Thief

When I was a kid, we were poor.  My father changed jobs frequently, and we moved around a lot. Early on, my younger brother and I were far down the wrong road and a constant source of worry for my over-worked mother. In the summer before third grade, my life changed.  We moved into a…

In the Studio 12.16.12

For a Sunday during December in NE Ohio the light is good. Here’s a photo taken in the studio today.  I’ve been painting since 7:00 and now it’s time for lunch and the Brown’s game on T.V. The large painting on the right “Garth and Jane” was finished yesterday. The portrait on the left–“Garth in…

Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy came our way and mixed with the Nor’easter that was already pounding our shores.  This video was shot as I walked across our backyard.  Towards the end of the video, you can see the siding torn off a neighbor’s house.   Hurricane Sandy Pounding my Backyard

In the Studio—10/28/12

The winds from a furious Nor’easter pound against the studio windows. Whitecaps crash against the shore one after the other with ceaseless regularity, their white froth nearlty reaching the studio door. They say this storm will join with hurricane Sandy in the next day or so. Inside it’s comfy-cozy. The only thing to complain of…