Sunday, October 31, 2010

Terry in Venice

This painting is from a Davidson Singers Italy Tour photo of Terry McCormick, soprano supremo, in the lobby of (I think) Hotel Giorgione, reading a Venice publication. oil on 9X12 panel.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

New Work in Progress

These are a few of far too many paintings in various stages of completion. The first is from a photo I took in Key West. I need to finish the sky & do some minor refinements, then call it a "learning piece". (oil 9X12") I am working on a series of "City Umbrellas"...(the first a couple of posts ago). The mushy area just under the umbrella, looks rubbed out because it is under construction. (oil 9X12") The 3rd painting "say cheese" is also from my trip to Key West. Some obvious refinements and the camera yet to do...(oil 6X8") The sailboat on Manhasset Bay is a miniature (2X3") canvas. I will repost finished paintings if they are completed before I expire. Thank you for looking!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Across the street (7th Ave.) from Borders Bookstore and Penn Station at Madison Square Garden in NYC on a rainy day. Not sure if it's done yet, so it probably is. I keep trying to find that magical mystical sweet spot point of completion in oil painting, but I guess it's like trying to figure out what it's like to die. I suppose when I discover the answer to one, I'll have the answer to the other as well.
Oil on 8" X 16" panel.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Beach Baby Daddy

I caught this wonderful shot of a young dad(?) holding his baby daughter(?) while gazing out to sea; Jones Beach, Long Island. This was a "timed" piece for me in an attempt to loosen up...took approx. 3 hours. oil on 9 X 12 canvas panel.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

On the way to Stresa

I snapped this photo out of the bus window on our way to Stresa and Lake Maggiore in northern Italy. What I wouldn't give to be on that bus right now for so many reasons! Unfortunately, the image didn't capture brush stroke detail and color nuances that make this painting nice if I do say so myself. Thanks for looking. oil on 24" X 18" canvas panel.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

David's Birthday Cake

This is from a photo taken this past April while visiting Virginia Davidson in Florida. We were celebrating her son David's birthday at her home in Winterhaven, just one of many wonderful memories I have of that visit. Oil on 11'X14" panel.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Key West Sunset Reflection

Another oil on 6" X 8" panel from a photo taken while on a dinner cruise off Key West; summer '08 concert tour with Davidson Singers. We passed an island with this barn-like building which glowed in the fiery sunset. Those were some mighty fine times!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Italy Concert Tour 2010

I've decided to try oil painting (again after 30+ years!) since I have to "pastel" in the attic (dust problems), and the attic is not air conditioned. I can paint with oils in the bedroom & have some nice colorful smudges on the bedspread. This painting is "break-through" for me in the literal sense since I've been unable to do anything artistically since sometime in 2008. I am hoping to deliver myself from a career that I dreamed I would retire from with great satisfaction, but instead has left me longing to go back and try something else. Oh well, wah waaaah. Who knows where this will lead...

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Virginia's Window

I've been working/not working on this pastel for over almost a year. In fact, it doesn't look like this anymore since I was unhappy with the tree & sort of ERASED! it. This was supposed to be a birthday gift for my friend and voice teacher, founder/conductor of New York Treble Singers & Davidson Singers in NYC, Virginia Davidson...who has moved back to her home town in Florida (but will be back again in May for a 25th anniversary gala performance with NYTS & Davidson Singers). So, unfortunately, this work is far from done...and far from its intended home!

It is the view from a window in her upper west side apartment. One rainy day I was there for a lesson and she called me to the window to see "her tree"; where brick apartment buildings, yellow taxicabs and the metro melee stepped aside to reveal a beautiful, blossoming fruit tree that seemed to glow in the overcast. I snapped a picture with the thought of creating this "view" for her to take with her to Florida. It was a fine idea, which made it vulnerable to my predictable sabotages: procrastination, procrastination, procrastination with a little imposter syndrome thrown in.

May is the new deadline!