Vermilion, OH

New shed, old studio

Fall ended abruptly with light snow and bitter cold. Today’s high is 19. Here’s the new shed seen from the studio door–the old studio door. This shed enabled me to convert the garage into a studio. The old studio might look cluttered in this photo but it’s nearly emptied of paintings, canvases, and supplies. I…

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Me and the dog–the notorious Silky Terrier, Buddy–walked on the beach this morning. The violence of Lake Erie’s gales always surprises those unfamiliar with the Great Lakes. During storms, the lake is nothing like the placid oasis for pleasure boaters and fishermen that we hold in memory. It’s loud–a continuous roar. The legendary power of the waves smashing the shoreline is the bane of lakefront property owners.

Buddy and I walked down our rough steps and out onto the jetty, buffeted by the wind and soaked by the wave-tossed spray. After a short walk, Buddy had enough and we made for home. This gale is mild compared to those that will come soon.

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My new shed arrived two days ago.  The Amish builders erected the 10′ x 12′ building in 2.5 hours. They arrived at 6:30 AM (after driving 2 hours!). The shed enables me to convert the garage into a studio annex.  Its high ceiling will allow me to work on large paintings without accident. When a large painting fell from my old, rickety easel and got a hole punched in it earlier this summer, I knew I had to do something about my cramped studio. I converted a garage into a studio when we lived in Indian Mills, New Jersey. The new space along with my new easel will ease my work situation and provide more storage space. We are going to paint the shed today.

New easel

I am extremely happy with my new easel. It’s wider than my old workhorse easel and the mast expands higher, which means it can accommodate much larger paintings.  For as big as it is, it moves easily on its solid rollers.  There are stops next to each roller to keep it in place. It can…

My wife’s birthday

Yesterday was my wife Kathleen’s birthday. As a present, I planted these perennials in our front yard. The day was mild and the work was enjoyable. Like all good husbands, I cannot recall her age. I know she gets younger each year. Happy birthday, Kate!

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To address my acute storage problem, I decided to convert our two-car garage into a full-time studio. Unlike my current studio, the garage has a high ceiling, which means I can work more easily on large-format paintings. Besides, I already use the garage to stretch and prepare canvases.

In order to re-purpose the garage, we are installing a 10′ x 12′ shed in the backyard. We will move the camping, boating, and garden equipment–like the lawn tractor–into the shed. The garage doesn’t have north-facing windows but it does have good light. We will install baseboard heat like we did in my last studio in New Jersey.

So, after mid-August I will have my current studio with its bank of north-facing windows and the high-ceiling studio for big paintings.

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Happy 4th, everybody. There will be fireworks over the lake tonight.

Perfect day on Lake Erie, July 4, 2014

Perfect day on Lake Erie, July 4, 2014

In the studio 6/22/2014

Besides finishing The Call, I recently worked on the paintings in this photo. Today’s session was the second painting session for the one on the right, Heated Discussion (the drawing took several sessions). The painting in the upper-left, Explain (or maybe just Plain–I haven’t decided) is almost done. I am hoping that one more session will…