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I Was a Stranger

I Was a Stranger

May 24, 2016 at 1:16 am

    In April, 2016, my wife and I had the privilege of visiting a small refugee camp in Lebanon. It was a beautiful day, and the camp was nestled in a vineyard between two spectacularly beautiful mountain ranges in the Bekaa Valley. We were able to meet a Syrian […]

 
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 […]

 

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 […]

 
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.