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New Painting: I Was a Stanger

New Painting: I Was a Stanger

May 24, 2016 at 1:16 am

    This paint­ing has been select­ed to be part of the Op Ed exhibit run­ning from Octo­ber 3 through Novem­ber 6, 2016 at the Art League in Alexan­dria Vir­ginia. In April, 2016, my wife and I had the priv­i­lege of vis­it­ing a small refugee camp in Lebanon. It was […]

 
New Study of Madonna and Child Completed

New Study of Madonna and Child Completed

March 28, 2016 at 9:35 pm

I have just com­plet­ed a new study of the Madon­na and Child. This is prepa­ra­tion for a larg­er can­vas, and Lord will­ing that will be prepa­ra­tion for a ver­sion of The Ado­ra­tion of the Magi. The new ele­ments are the goldfinch and thistle. The goldfinch is a sym­bol of the cross […]

 

David Kassan Alla Prima Demo

March 2, 2016 at 11:28 pm

New York painter David Kas­san shows how to do an alla pri­ma por­trait from life. He is using his inno­v­a­tive par­al­lel palet­te.  This kind of palet­te allows greater effi­cien­cy in judg­ing the col­or val­ue again­st neu­tral gray and apply­ing the pig­ment to the can­vas. You can rig up your own […]

 
Out: Trump In: Trompe L’oeil

Out: Trump In: Trompe L’oeil

January 1, 2016 at 3:57 pm

  Every year on Jan­u­ary 1, the Wash­ing­ton Post pub­lish­es The List. This year includ­ed:  IN Mer­cy Street Mead Iman Shumpert Hair With all due respect to the well-known polit­i­cal can­di­date and noth­ing again­st him or any­one else per­son­al­ly, per­haps this will be the year of less obses­sion with pol­i­tics […]

 
Girl at La Concha Beach Accepted for Art League Show

Girl at La Concha Beach Accepted for Art League Show

December 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm

The Girl at La Con­cha Beach was accept­ed for the Decem­ber Art League Show. The exhibit runs between Decem­ber 9, 2015–January 4, 2016 with  Clint Mansell, Direc­tor of Prin­ci­ple Gallery, serv­ing as jur­er. I paint­ed this after a trip to the beau­ti­ful San Sebas­tian beach this sum­mer. It is the most beau­ti­ful beach […]

 
The Irony of Art Prices

The Irony of Art Prices

June 6, 2015 at 7:51 pm

Recent­ly I copied the Van Gogh Self-Portrait at the Nation­al Gallery. I went for a “dynam­ic equiv­a­lence” rather than lit­er­al accu­ra­cy of details. The rea­son is sim­ple. The pow­er of Van Gogh’s work is in its vibran­cy and vital­i­ty. The almost hyp­notic vibran­cy is achieved through his use of col­or. […]

 
Fidelis Ad Mortum: Portrait of Esther John

Fidelis Ad Mortum: Portrait of Esther John

April 21, 2015 at 2:55 pm

This is ver­sion 2 of a com­mis­sion por­trait com­plet­ed for Chris­tian Hos­pi­tal is Sahi­wal, Pak­istan. The main dif­fer­ence of the orig­i­nal ver­sion is that some of the graf­fit­ti in that one is in the local lan­guage, Urdu. Fidelis ad Mortem: Por­trait of Esther John, 2015 Oil on linen 24 x 36 […]

 
Liberty Still Lifts Her Lamp

Liberty Still Lifts Her Lamp

January 14, 2015 at 6:55 pm

Lib­er­ty still lifts her lamp beside the gold­en door, in spite of the relent­less and cru­el attacks of her ene­mies.

 
Mastercopy of Old Man with a Beret by Jan Lievens

Mastercopy of Old Man with a Beret by Jan Lievens

February 4, 2014 at 4:17 pm

This is a recent copy I made at the Nation­al Gallery to learn more about Old Mas­ters’ tech­niques. Lievens was a col­league of Rem­brandt, and sim­i­lar­ly skilled but not as famous. He used a wood­en pan­el and like­ly  incised the beard with a sharp­ened brush han­dle.

 
New Copy

New Copy

May 29, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Here is my lat­est copy. It is a copy of Monet’s The Japan­ese Foot­bridge.