Everything is through a filter

water color of eye painting on desk
8″ square Water color and colored pencils. Done for ASB2020

I was asked to make a painting for Art Show Bedford 2020 this year, with the theme of 2020 Vision. Everything we see these days is through a filter, and most of what we see is through our phones. This painting is about 8″ square and is on view at ASB2020, a very cool place to see what is happening in the Westchester New York art world. This weekend and next, take a look.

Begin as you mean to go on

My plan for 2020. New painting series, thinking about light as both a particle and a wave, feeling light waves like the wind.

painting of colorful pennants in the wind
SkyWind 12″ square water color and colored pencil

Yesterday I was lucky enough to see Vija Celmin’s retrospective “To Fix the Image In Memory” at The Met Breuer. You should go. Now. the show closes on January 12, 2020. Missing experiences that it would be not all that hard to arrange is not part of how I mean to go on. Instead of this one sliding by with good intentions and great remorse I set a date and did not make any excuses. Yes this is a drawing: allow time to really look, allow your brain to boggle and your heart to break.

“Letter,” collage and graphite on paper Vija Celmins 1968 At the Met Breuer

Good things come in small packages

water color and colored pencil painting of dry cornfield
Painting of dry cornfield at Ryder Farm, October 2019. watercolor and colored pencil, about 8″ square

Very cold last night for the November ArtWalk in Katonah, NY, all of the galleries were bright warm and full of people. This is my first time in a show at Oak & Oil Gallery, hope that it is the beginning of a long and happy relationship! Hours and location are listed on their website:


Update and change

There was a good crowd at the opening of Artists Out Loud at the Akin Library last Sunday. Happy to be there with some very talented people. Turns out that the Akin Library has gone to winter hours, and is open on Saturday and Sunday, and closed on Friday. I apologize to the friends who hoped to meet me there today. You can see this one up close, if you like.

“Good Morning” water color and colored pencil, 9″ x 6″

Life List Places, and the painting there of..

The phone kiosk on Fair Isle. South Light in the distance.

I’ve been making a series of paintings from my recent trip back to Shetland. This time I was lucky enough to get to Fair Isle, a place that I have only dreamt of visiting. It is cold and windy and paradise.

I’d like to especially thank my Innkeeper Thomas Hyndman for taking me out to see the important sights when it became clear that weather and travel was going to cut my visit short. This painting only happened because he suggested that I go take a closer look.

Sumburgh Head light from the ferry to Aberdeen (with a stop in Orkney)

Leaving Shetland, from the ferry on a very cold and windy perch. This is a page from my sketchbook. I was crying as I left Shetland, not sure if it was sorrow or the wind. I’m part of ArtEast Dutchess these two weekends, and this one was sold on the opening day.

Eshaness Light sunset, usually I paint from my own snaps, but my daughter took this one.

I was in the rental car with my grandson, as I have seen some of the magic of this place and the wind was so strong that we feared that a toddler would fly away. This watercolor and colored pencil is 9.5″ x 7.5″ and was sold on opening day of ArtEast.