Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Black & White plus part 7

These simple drawings continue to offer me an enjoyable respite from the more demanding tasks in the studio.  They are uncomplicated, require a minimum of forethought and planning, and work can begin and end by picking up a pen or putting down.  The biggest challenge is keeping them fresh and giving each one a uniqueness of their own.  I don’t know that I am always successful at that.

The latest in the series are all based on old photos from Wilmington Delaware.

A classic Union Street corner

Back yards...don't remember where

Looking across King Street  from a 1988 photograph

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Moving in all directions...the state of the studio

As most of you know, I work in a variety of mediums, often at the same time, which precisely describes the work currently taking place in the studio

A wonderful thing about the mind is that, unlike an object, it can move in all directions at the same time.  Well – at least that’s what my mind feels like it has been doing recently, moving forward, backward, and sideways. 

I have started working on a large acrylic landscape, and after a nine-month hiatus from this medium I find myself thinking and planning the work with different expectations, wanting to improve upon all the work that came before.  I imagine that I am seeing things differently.  If last year’s paintings were good, this years should be better.  Moving forward in the process as well as the vision.

acrylic work place...under Delia's watchful eyes
At the same time, I will be working on an architectural portrait in watercolor, and my goal is to render the work in manner reflecting the highest quality I have already established for myself in this genre.  I am not looking for something new.  Moving sideways over familiar well traveled ground.
Watercolor cart - I work on larger watercolors on the surface covering the clay plate.
And while the above work is going on, I continue working on the simple pen and ink drawings, so reminiscent of the past, going back to old haunts for inspiring subject matter.  Moving backwards, trying to recapture some of the spirit and excitement that motivated my art thirty years ago.

Drawing station with cart containing pens, pencils, markers, and pastel pencils. I also work on small watercolors here.
 The carts give me a great deal of flexibility in adjusting to the nature and size of the artwork.  

east wall
large multi-use table on west wall

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Even as things are starting to heat up in the studio with a series on new commissions, I continue to make time (or should that be find time) for a few minutes each day for the pen and ink drawings.

Since my last post I have visited Wilmington DE as well as Baltimore.

Remembering King St.

Baltimore City

King Street in Transition
 I don't know how much longer these drawings will hold my attentions, but as long as they do, I'll keep drawing.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Black & White Plus part 5


I find myself in a comfortable rhythm in the studio, working at an unhurried pace at my drawing table.  With several commissions pending I’m not sure how much longer it will last.

Since my last post I’ve “visited” NYC, Philly, and Baltimore.

Union Square in NYC
Society Hill in Philadelphia

Inspired by Fells Point in Baltimore...pen & ink on a clay mono type