Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Although I've been using a computer (macs only) since the mid 1980s I still consider myself a novice, just scratching the surface of the digital potential at my finger tips.
But I am making a little progress. Using iPhoto, I have been able to print a book featuring all of the artwork in my exhibit, From Italy With Love and, with flickr, I can share the artwork with others online. is the link to flickr with the exhibit:

The book...From Italy With available in hardcover, 8 1/2 x11 1/2, with 46 pages of full color art, for $75,00 plus $5.00 for S&H.

Happy Thanksgiving to all

Sunday, November 21, 2010


I've been basking in the glow of our opening reception for a week...long enough! The show is still bringing visitors to the gallery, along with several commissions, so it is time to return to work, which I did several days ago.

The first thing I did was to try and borrow the approach to the clay drawings and apply it to a watercolor based painting. It went like this: First, a well defined pencil drawing on 300lb. Arches paper, followed by color washes of the buildings, but not the details, Second, re-drawing the scene with a sepia pen and adding details to windows and store fronts with markers, Third, further delineation of the details, windows, etc. with ink, watercolor and acrylic, and enhancing the buildings with pastel dust. The last step was adding the trees with acrylic.

Via Garibaldi in Parma...mixed media...16x26

While this was going on I kept myself busy with another clay drawing, using a new support for the first time. It is called Typar, and I like the way it receives the ink line.

As I Remember...clay drawing...8x12

Monday, November 15, 2010


after days of hectic preparations for our opening reception, I am pleased to report that all the effort, the planning, and a bit of worrying, were rewarded with a great trunout and an enthusiastic reception of the art. We sold a lot of art, served a lot of food, and poured a lot of wine during a very festive evening.

For the entire week before the opening we lived with sun-filled blue, cloudless skies with temperatures in the low 70s. Saturday morning greeted us with gray damp skies and intermittent rain throughout the day. Then, about 20 minutes before our 5 PM opening, the sun broke through and the sky outside the gallery entrance revealed....

and I knew then and there that the evening ahead was full of promise, not just for me, but for the 2 other opening receptions taking place in Lowertown that night. It was THE place to be.