Thursday, January 31, 2013


"Alice" oil on linen.

This is about day 3 with this project.  Not quite done yet.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Painting and watching CNN

"Alice" oil on linen.

Working and watching CNN on this inauguration day.  The most memorable inaugural parade was the day Alice was born in 1989.  We had a room with a TV in the hospital, and it was quite nice.  I have this vivid memory of the doctor sitting in the corner of the room eating a sandwich, and casually looking over Amy's chart.  The parade was on TV, and the president was walking alongside of the limo.  The nurse announced that the baby was about to arrive, the doctor looked up and calmly said, "time for baby." A minute later, Alice arrived.  Just like that.  The next day she greeted her big sister Dorothy.  Dorothy was just a month shy of her second birthday, and not sure what had just happened.
We still have Alice's first pair of scuffed and well worn sneakers in the kitchen.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Alice, a little further along

"Alice" oil on linen.

I started this painting of my daughter last week.  I am using burnt umber, ultramarine blue, and zinc white for the underpainting.  This evening I started adding more color.  This weekend I did not get as far as I would have liked on the painting, but I will have fun working on this during the week.  I painted Alice when she was four years old, that painting can be seen here.

Sunday, January 13, 2013


"Alice" oil on linen.

I just started this painting of my daughter this evening.  I am using burnt umber, ultramarine blue, and zinc white for the underpainting.  I painted Alice when she was four years old, that painting can be seen here.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Illustrated Girl

During the winter of 1984, my oldest friend and I were living above a mom and pop grocery store on  11th and East Capitol Street in Washington, DC. I drew this at my drawing table which was situated in our kitchen's bay window overlooking Lincoln Park in Capitol Hill.  At the time, I was a freelancer and worked at the Agnes Ainilian Gallery in the Eastern Market. I was into drawing organic figures on things, and I began drawing this weird pattern on her face just to see where it went. I finished drawing this figment of my imagination in a weekend.

The drawing was done on a piece of paper using a few Sanford pencils, ranging from 2H to 6B.

"Reporting from Behind Bars"- Editorial Illustration

While going through the inventory in my home studio, I came across an illustration I did for an article published in the Washington Journalism Review in 1985. The story covered journalists going undercover in the search for finding stories to report. I made about four illustrations for the piece, this particular illustration being my favorite. I drew a journalist going undercover to cover a beat in prison. Some details that I find particularly striking are the shadows in the shirt.

Friday, January 4, 2013


"Gracie," oil on canvas.

This is my first painting of the new year, however I started the painting in 2011.  Gracie has been sitting behind my easel all this time, and has suffered a few minor spills of painting medium, coffee, and a tiny splatter of gesso.  She is painted on some of the remainder pre-gessoed canvas I bought several years ago at Plaza Art Supply in Bethesda, Maryland.  I have a whole lot of that canvas around, and as I have mentioned before, it gets taped to masonite before I start painting.  Not very elegant, but it is fast when I just want to start a piece just to paint something.

The palette for this piece consists of the following colors: Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna, Flake White, a very small touch of Zinc White, Ultramarine Blue, and Indian Red.