Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015


Most of my architectural paintings are done with watercolor.  These are two paintings that I am especially proud of.

Philadelphia Museum of Art  watercolor  15x45

Bicentennial Poster from watercolor

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The daily dose of art MORE FAVORITES -MIXED MEDIA

I don't know whether to call this piece a construction or collage.  It was my first effort, and I think my best, at creating something using various scraps of wood, plastic, and metal, as well as acrylic paints and pastels.  I was an avid model railroader before moving to Paducah and had an abundant supply of scale lumber and sheets of scale metal siding and roofing at my disposal.  I used everything in this piece.

One More Time  Mixed media  24x36"  Framed and under glass
Price in request

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The daily dose of art MORE FAVORITES - PASTELS

Among the many pastel paintings I've done, these are two of my favorites, contrasting the elegant architecture of NYC with the high plains of Nebraska.

NYC skyline  pastel  30x40

High Plain Hills  pastel   40x30
When I look at these I wonder why I don't spend more time with the pastels.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The daily dose of art MORE FAVORITES

It is harder for me to select an absolute favorite of my watercolors, the best I can do is select 4 or 5 that I am particularly fond of.  The two shown here were created specifically to be printed, and each measured approximately 12-16 x45".

St. Michaels

A Philadelphia Skyline

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

3-23-15 Farfalle with mushrooms, peas, and asparagus in a lemon sauce

3-23-15    Farfalle with mushrooms, peas, and asparagus in a lemon sauce

 This is simple to prepare and delightful to eat.


Farfalle or other shaped pasta
Mixed mushrooms
Frozen peas
Chicken broth
Olive oil
Garlic, onion
Basil – fresh or frozen (Dorot brand frozen cubes, available at Midtown Market)
Lemon juice and/or zest
Grana Padana cheese
Salt, pepper, red pepper flakes


Cook the mushrooms with garlic and onions in olive oil over medium-high heat until juices are released and before they begin to brown.  Lower the heat and add the seasoning and the asparagus and cook uncovered for about 5 minutes, then add the broth – about one third to one half a cup and bring to a boil.  Add the peas and lemon juice and simmer while waiting for the pasta to cook.

Add the pasta to the pan, mix well and simmer for another 2 minutes before serving, topped with grated cheese.


The sauce can be loose or thick, depending on the amount of broth used and the time it simmers uncovered.  This is a very flexible recipe; there is no right or wrong way to prepare this.

I think the next time I prepare this I might add just a dollop of Mascarpone cheese before adding the pasta.

The daily dose of art MY FAVORITES

It is not easy picking a favorite piece out of so many paintings, but I'm going to try, selecting what I consider my best 2-3 paintings from the different mediums, starting with works on canvas.

The Gate  acrylic on canvas  36x36
I think this is the best landscape I've done.  Everything in it - the colors, the light, and the mood - works together.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The daily dose of art THE SKETCHBOOK

Another day in the past, at least for the next few minutes.

 Another horse show

 Between flights

Trinity church - Boston

Monday, March 23, 2015

The daily dose of art FROM THE SKETCHBOOK

It is amazing what you can find in an old sketchbook.

 An exercise in learning shadows

 A quick line drawing

Mindless ramblings

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The daily dose of art A PEN HAS DIED

Sadly, even the felt tip pen doesn't last forever, and the pens that served me so well during the ER days has a life span shorter than usual because they worked overtime - on the spot sketched, doodling, writing, and a generous  share of mindless scribbling.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The daily dose of art HEADING TO CHICAGO LAND

I'm sitting in a comfortable coach seat on the train to Chicago to spend a few day with my daughter and her family in Oak Park..  So it only makes sense that today's fare is from the village of O P.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The daily dose of art...ON OUR WALLS

For a change of pace I want to share the art we have collected from other artists over the years.  It seems appropriate that I begin this exercise with some family art.

Clown  oil  by my mom

Quilt painting  watercolor  Beth Renzulli

Ponies  watercolor  Sara Renzulli

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The daily dose of art TUSCANY ON CLAY

The iconic Tuscan landscape is almost impossible to forget, and even more difficult to stop painting it after visiting the region.  I found this out first hand, after spending  week in Tuscany in 2008.  Seven years later and I'm still at it.

The following paintings were all done on "scraps" of clay prints with pastel:

Only in Tuscany

Tuscan Countryside
Tuscany in clay
 Tuscan Country side id approximately 12x36" and is available, un-matted and unframed.  Contact me for price and details.

Monday, March 16, 2015

The daily dose of art WASTE NOT

When working with the clay it is easy to quickly accumulate dozens of prints in a matter of one or two days, many of which do not deserve to be made public.  Over time I have learned to use them as background support for small drawings and paintings, usually done with pastel, ink, or acrylic.  Most of these are small, usually less than 12x12".  Here is a sampling of these "enhanced clay prints":

Autumn Barn  6x4

Purple and Green  6x4

Tuscany on clay  6x12

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The daily dose of art NEW CLAY MONO TYPES

It has been a long time since I've been able to share anything new coming off the slab of clay that has been sitting so patiently in my studio.  Earlier in this still new year I decided to get my hands dirty once again...and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Here are three prints from a series of four, each measuring 27x12"

Friday, March 13, 2015

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The daily dose of art A FEW MORE FEEL GOOD PAINTINGS

Still washing away the industrial grime with today's pastel paintings.

 High Plains  40x30

 From the Studio (in Maryland) 20x30

West KY landscape  20x30

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The daily dose of art FORGET ABOUT THE GRIME

Enough already with the grime - it time for some cleaner air and blue skies.

 Morning Marsh

Ebb Tide

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The daily dose of art TIME FOR MORE GRIME

One more day of grime before moving on to whatever comes next.  All three of these painting started out as clay mono types, to be enhanced with soft pastel.  Each one is a scene from my imagination.