Sunday, November 16, 2014


Second commission from the Woodie Festival in Encinitas this year, back in September.

Cars Cars!

Today I finished two commissions that came out of the Woodie Festival in Encinitas back in September.  This very nice guy who was at the festival asked if I would do two of his cars. Very challenging but fun!  Below is the first of two.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

San Luis Obispo - "French Quarter Alley"

Another day in San Luis Obispo - after looking for sun at the coast, we headed into SLO where the fog was nowhere to be found.  Such a lovely town, great food, boutiques and coffee shops.  I had a lot of fun painting this scene, even with the many people asking me for directions.  I was of no value to them, not being a local but I did enjoy all of the students passing by and hearing about their Saturday night parties and Sunday study plans!  There are points though, when painting with watercolor that I can't really talk to anyone because I have to focus on what I'm doing with my brush or the painting will get away from me.  During the wash, when the paper is wet - I need to be careful with timing, things get get too dry or can be too wet.  So this man comes up behind me, a bit to the side - I could tell someone was there - and he started to talk to me so I said politely that I couldn't talk because the paper was wet.  He was very understanding, and proceeded to tell me that he was the gallery owner around the corner and to come see him when I was done.  So at that point I did look up!  I think he was telling the truth but I didn't follow up.  I know I should have.  Another day in San Luis Obispo.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Central California - Farm in Wine Country

I met another Artist from northern CA, in the Central Coast area, San Luis Obispo County for a long weekend of painting around SLO.  This was a back road in Templeton, close to the wine country in Central California.  The coast was socked in with fog so we kept driving inland until we found sun, and then we came upon this farm.  The rolling hills in the background were such a site. To purchase click here:

Monday, November 3, 2014


Painting of a magnolia flower from my tree.  It rained cats and dogs this weekend, finally.  But this bloom is from a reference photo I took in the spring.  To buy click here:

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pumpkins and Persimmons

This is about the fourth variation on this composition. Sixth if I include the still life composition I had set up on the dining room table and changed a couple of times.  Finally I found another pumpkin the right size (the one in front of the flowers), and I grabbed some persimmons while I was at it.  I then moved everything to my work table out back, in my studio.  I painted an arrangement last night and it just wasn't right.  The composition was not good and the colors were all too saturated.  So I kept re-arranging it in my head during the day, while in meetings, and sketching the ideas in my notes until I got something I liked.  And - in addition I wanted to try to paint it monochromatically.  A friend from Ireland was in San Diego this weekend and after we painted a couple of paintings at Sunset Cliffs we got a bite to eat and continued to talk art.  We talked about doing value studies, (black and white) in watercolor so I thought I'd try. (This is very useful in oil). I used only Burnt Sienna for the whole painting.  Of course the pumpkins are orange, the leaves are green, the persimmons are ochre and the flowers in the dark blue pot are violet magenta.  But I am rather pleased with the dramatic results of just using one color.  And I hope you feel the fall with the sepia like hue.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunset Cliffs

It was a hot and sunny day yesterday even at the Ocean.  I painted this yesterday at Sunset Cliffs, Ocean Beach with a friend of mine that was over from Ireland.  It was a blast, we each go in two paintings because we went to get a bite.  This is on cold press rough which I really enjoyed painting on, 10 x 20.  
On another note, I am simplifying my online presence and so disabling my web site and transferring my domain name over to my online gallery within Daily Paintworks.  This link for this is already on my blog and I'll be working on customizing it over the next few weeks to adjust categories, etc.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Setauket Mill Pond - Main Street

Fall is descending upon the Three Village Area.  This is a commission of the Setauket Mill Pond.  I asked my daughter to take some photos for me, while she's in the neighborhood, to capture the fall colors even though I had a few reference photos from a few years ago.  And while I appreciated the effort she went to the duck pond in Stony Brook, instead of the Mill Pond in Setauket.  A mistake that no local would make!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


I bought a bunch of Zinnias from the local Trader Joe's, I went in for some uncured, applewood smoked bacon and came out with Zinnias, it must be true, everything goes better with bacon.  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Golf, Talk/Don't Talk and More!

Day 30, the last day of the 30/30 painting challenge.  I did it!  I posted a painting everyday.  Like golf, there are many more practice swings behind every shot - so I painted sometimes 3,4,5, even 10 paintings or sketches to get one I could post.  Sometimes I was lucky and stopped after one, which usually happened when painting on location.  I found that painting outside was 'easier'.  Indulge me, another golf analogy - it's easier to play a round of golf than to spend 4-5 hours at the driving range.  Not that studio work is only practice - I used still life compositions as well as reference photos to paint real pieces.  But being on location, in the element, with all of the light and color and other sensory information just helped me paint. Helps you get into a zone and develop a cadence.  And one can be patient with the painting, there is a lot going on outside of the painting, an enjoyment of nature and a sense of wonder about how things come together.  Not too patient mind you, watercolor waits for no one, it will dry on you if you don't watch out.  I wish I had a digital sign attached to my easel that flashed on and off for passers-by, like the walk/don't walk signs.  But mine would say "Talk/Don't Talk".  When I'm doing a wash it would flash "Don't Talk", and when that part is done, it would change to "Talk".  I can't stop and talk when a wash is walking it's way down the painting!  It takes priority over EVERYTHING.  So, don't bother yelling "FIRE" while I'm painting in a crowded theater, because if I'm in the middle of a wash, I'll finish it and then quietly make my way to the exit!

Thank you for following me during this challenge - I've been doing this during a very busy time at work, travel included.  And I must admit - I'm tired, but a good tired.  Now I'd like to do some larger pieces and play a round of golf this weekend! 

Monday, September 29, 2014

1949 Ford Woodie

Another Woodie from the Wavecrest Festival last weekend.  I very much enjoyed painting these cars!  One commission while I was there and another one as a follow up.  It must show in your work when you enjoy painting a subject.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Setauket Mill Pond

Day 27.  Setauket Mill Pond.  A little bit of an impressionist/abstract bent to this intentionally.  

Friday, September 26, 2014

Torrey Pines Storm

Day 26 of the 303/30 challenge.  I painted this from a reference photo I took this past winter.  It would be nice to see some rain clouds about now.  We are heading into the peak Santa Ana season, fingers crossed there will be no big fires.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Perfume Time

Pen and Wash.  Anick Goutal - Hadrian, my favorite.  The first time I bought this was in Paris, at a small shop near the Musee D'Orsay.  I have been enchanted with it since.

I had the opportunity to do something really, really cool this weekend.  A friend of mine, whom I met in the San Diego Plein Air group, who is also the leader of the San Diego Urban Sketchers, taught me and another one of her friends how to make your own Sketchbook!  I brought my own cover papers (an old decorative paper I have had for years) and my own inside cover paper (a shopping bag from the James Joyce Museum in Dublin), and of course my own sketch/watercolor paper to fill the book.  
Some photos of the result:

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Woodie Fest - Moonlight Beach

This Woodie, from the Wavecrest Woodie Fest in Encinitas yesterday, was a 1950 Ford.  I really loved the color and was compelled to do a pen and ink wash.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Wavecrest Woodie Festival - Moonlight Beach

Painted with the San Diego Urban Sketchers today in Encinitas.  This is the annual Woodie Car Festival at Moonlight Beach.  There were over a hundred woodies, covering many decades.  This is a 1949 Ford, it was beautiful.  This couple asked me to paint this for them and so I did.  They were very happy with it, including the surf board resting off the end. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Clonegal Cat

Day 19. Clonegal Cat.  I saw this cat sitting against a wall in Clonegal, County Carlow - he was wonderfully framed, and posing so nicely,  I took a photo to paint when I got back home.  Clonegal was a charming little bit of a village - just a river, a bridge, a castle and a pub - oh and a cat!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cobh, Ireland

Morning Hillside in Cobh (formerly Queenstown), County Cork, Ireland.  Cobh is a very lovely town on the water, very interesting town, worth another visit.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Whew!  Imagining fresh roses on a cool day!  
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sunset - Fletcher Cove

Day 16.  Another one from Fletcher Cove, I caught this quickly as the sun was setting and the crowd was thinning. 

Monday, September 15, 2014


Day 15. Pen and Ink Wash.  It is just too hot here.  These flowers looked just fine yesterday, but they are losing the will to live.  

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fletcher Cove

The only place to be this weekend - the beach.  This later afternoon at Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach.
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Old Poway Park - Train Shed

Painted with the SD Watercolor Society at Old Poway Park.  Yes, it was probably close to 100 degrees in the shade but when the easel calls... This is the train shed at the park.  
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Sunrise - Shelter Island

Day 12.   Sunrise over Shelter Island, looking east.  It has been so hot lately that there is little or no marine layer and it's going to keep on like this for awhile.  Couple that with a drought and it's just hot and dry in San Diego.  Knock on wood, no Santa Ana's, no big fires.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mission at San Juan Capistrano - Courtyard

The inside courtyard of the mission at San Juan Capistrano.  I always enjoy painting here, one instantly feels that this place was built to enable reflection and contemplation.  
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Day 9.  This little row boat is on the shore opposite Wexford Quay (key), on the 'Riverbank' side.  Ireland is full of small marinas, I wouldn't even call them marinas, but there a lots of working boats tied up to moorings, with smaller boats tied up at shore.  This one will be fully afloat when the tide comes in.  Isn't it grand!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Trolley Stop at Globe Mills

Day 7.  Pen and Ink Wash done on location.  Once I did the drawing in ink, I switched over to the wash and used only burnt sienna so that I could give it a 'sepia' affect.   I was downtown with the Urban Sketch group, we met to paint around the new park on Harbor Drive, but it was too hot (even at 9am), so I went in search of shade.  I did this from the Trolley station, under the shade of the awning.  Apparently the Globe Mills building was a flour mill at one point, and before the two adjacent condo buildings were constructed, there were two silos next to the building - I think the building stood abandoned for some time.  You know, in my line of business, working in silos is a bad thing!  (A little nerd humor).  
This one sold already so there I've included a link to my online gallery instead of a link to buy this piece. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Date and Columbia

Painted downtown in Little Italy this morning with the SD Watercolor Society, although I didn't run into any fellow painters, I know they were with me in spirit.  This is day 6 of the 30/30 challenge and the number of artists signed up for the challenge is over 1000.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Ring of Beara

West Cork, the Ring of Beara.  This was on the way out. looking back.  It was such a beautiful drive, narrow roads, high hedges, grazing sheep, cows and horses.  RTE Lyric on the radio, blaring classical music - and a crisp breeze.  A feast for the senses.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Wee Duffys on the Boardwalk

Yesterday I posted a painting of Lucky Duffy's in Ireland, a newspaper and magazine store where one could purchase, no doubt, lucky lottery tickets!  So I thought what better way to follow that up than with a painting of a couple of real Duffys!   Little cousins on the boardwalk.   I painted this from a photo my SIL sent - it was just too cute not to!  Which county in Ireland are they descended from, I wonder?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lucky Duffy's - Dublin

It was early morning and I was running through Dublin to my car park when I saw this scene on a backstreet.  I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that the name of the place was "Lucky Duffy's"!  My sister-in-law's family name.  Luckily the sunlight was perfect - and rare!  I couldn't tell you the name of the street, but it's near Cleary Street, not too far off Parnell.  I love the colors of Dublin.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Here's Looking at Ewe, Kid

So it's day two and we're off...  I'm doing the 30/30 challenge, 30 paintings in 30 days.  AND selling all paintings on the CHEAP! Bargain basement prices! Unframed but double matted (White). 5x7s @ $50 + shipping, 8x10's @ $80, + shipping.  (Shipping will be low due to no frame).  Prices will more than double after September. Here's a chance to get some original watercolors very cheaply!  Just click on my gallery link on my blog page to make a purchase.  

The above painting is of a trail in Dursey, Ireland that I hiked, and shared the hiking trail with a herd of sheep.  They let me come pretty close but did move off as I came w/i 10 feet or so.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Birthday!

The very first day of the '30/30' challenge is my daughter Maddie's 21st birthday! Weighing in at 10lbs,6oz at birth, now a petite 5'2" free spirit! Fille de joyeux anniversaire!
There are about 700 artitsts from over 20 countries doing the September challenge of 30 paintings in 30 days.  More information about it tomorrow!

Saturday, August 30, 2014


Above is a quick pen and ink wash I did after work on Friday to usher in the three day holiday.  I have been doing quite a bit of pen and ink wash lately, exploring the effect.

Above is a pen/ink wash I did with the Urban Sketch group last week.  We sketched at Ceasar Chavez Park, just south of San Diego.  There are all sorts of ships, Weather (NOAA), Navy, commercial, and tug boats - all tied up to the piers, and this beautiful view of the Coronado bridge.  This is by far my favorite group to paint/sketch with - every level of sketcher is welcomed and we all get together for a photo and review of our work at the end of the morning meeting.  And our fearless leader does a video of the morning - here is the Ceasar Chavez Video:  

.  Oh - I found these great sketch books on sale this week, almost half price; Stillman and Birn; Beta Series.  Next week I will be learning how to make my own sketch book! I really can't wait.  

Below is a sketch I did today in Rancho Santa Fe of a patch of Brown Eyed Susans. Then I started to sketch the cars - which is why we met up there in the first place.  

I'd like to practice doing these cars again - but I only had 15 minutes before the owners drove their cards off.  (Spent too much time with the Brown Eyed Susans!)