People ask me all the time, "How long does it take you to do a painting?" It depends. I rarely finish a painting the same day I start it. Usually, it takes 2-3 sittings before I experience that definitive moment of "it's done." Each sitting is … [Read more...] about Why Does It Take So Long to Finish a Painting?
A couple of years ago, I assisted Linda Novick when she taught a program at Kripalu called Unmasking Your Soul. The mixed media piece I created in memory of my mother, shown on the left, was done at the end of that program. I had brought xeroxes of several … [Read more...] about Louise: Boston 1944 (In Memory of My Mother)
Last week, I sat down in my backyard to begin my first painting of the season. While I experience some level of anxiety when starting a painting, it's mild compared to what I feel when starting a design project. With art, I'm not trying to solve any … [Read more...] about Filling the Blank Canvas
The blank page stares at me when I begin a new design project. I always experience some level of anxiety with this challenge of transforming emptiness into an attractive piece that communicates a clear message. You can't just put ANYTHING into the empty … [Read more...] about The Blank Page
This past year, my partner, Peggy, wrote her second book, Lose Your Mind, Open Your Heart. She's a terrific writer, and it was inspiring to see her so focused and determined. She wanted my artwork in the book, and I was thrilled about that. What a great … [Read more...] about Self-Publishing Adventures
I wrapped up my painting season just after the Red Sox wrapped up their third World Series win in the past decade. (Go Sox!) As a pastelist, I must paint outdoors en plein air. Otherwise, the pastel dust would make a mess of my home studio. My painting … [Read more...] about Artist Postseason
A couple of weeks ago, I participated in the inaugural Belmont Artwalk, an outdoor exhibit in our neighborhood. Over 30 artists took part, which was a good number for this first-ever event. The street was closed to traffic in Cushing Square for the day, … [Read more...] about Outdoor Art Show: Challenges and Rewards
I paint landscapes that speak to me because of their beauty and tranquility. There are certain scenes that repeatedly pull me in and capture my imagination. Each time I return to paint the scene again, I try something different: vantage point, … [Read more...] about Painting Long Pond Lake