Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The making of "Au Petit Versailles"

For some of my paintings, I recorded their progress by taking photos along the way.  I would like to share the steps it took to show the development of the painting to the final result.  So below are photos showing the gradual progress to this painting that might give some insight for other artists.

When all was said and done, I was happy with the result.  I did end up cropping a little bit off the bottom.  Thought it made a better composition.  As you can see, I also muted the background street scene to put more emphasis on the objects in the window.  I will gladly answer any questions viewers have in addition to what is shown here.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

American Watercolor Society 150th Anniversary International Exhibition, NYC 2017

Hello from New York City!  Here are some photos from the AWS Awards Dinner at the Salmagundi Club which I was honored to of had my watercolor painting "Wisteria" accepted into this show.  Oh, and yes, you are not seeing things.  that is Tony Bennett at the affair receiving an award from AWS as an official honorary member.  It was a wonderful night.  I met Dean Mitchell, Joe Miller, and Lauren McCracken.  I got a chance to have a conversation with Antonio Masi also.  I came away with much inspiration.  Looking forward to upping my game even more with my paintings. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

"Bon Bons"

When I was in the Southern Region of France a few years ago, I was visiting a few medieval villages (as some of my paintings already show) and outside of one of the shops was this basket with hanging fuchsia and with this chalkboard sign that said "Bon Bons".  I simply liked it and decided to do a watercolor.  I learned something from this painting although it is not one of my best.  What I learned will take me into an idea for another.  Sometimes when you work on a painting that is more of an experiment and can be a stepping stone to another.  There is so much to do and learn in watercolor.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

"Wisteria" Painting Accepted Into 150th Annual International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society

I am pleased to announce that "Wisteria" has been accepted into this special Anniversary Exhibition in the historic American Watercolor Society at the Salmagundi Club in New York City!  This out of all the shows that I have participated in is the most special to me.  I won the Gold Medal of Honor back in 2007 for my painting "Venetian Gold" and now I have the honor of returning for their special celebration of being in existence for 150 years.  The masters that have been part of this society through the years is impressive. Thank you AWS for letting me be a part of all this.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Notecard Designs

This is my series from the Villages of Sarlat and Monpazier in the South of France. You can order a series or individual notecards. Just take a look at my Etsy store!


I have come up with notecard designs featuring my watercolor paintings!  Here are a few examples of      my French Boulangerie series.  If anyone is interested in purchasing, just click on the "Etsy" symbol at the top of my blog.  I also am offering Limited Edition Prints.