After a spate of cold damp weather, spring has finally sprung here in NYC. A glimpse of pink magnolias fluttering against a clear blue sky was the inspiration for this spring-inspired watercolor painting. It’s available as fine art prints and throw pillows too:
A watercolor sketch from my looking at art series at the exquisite exhibit, Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This show inspired me in so many ways. Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun was painting at a time when women weren’t allowed to attend art school, but that didn’t […]
A big bunch of red, orange and yellow ranunculus flowers in my studio inspired this loose, drippy watercolor painting. Available as fine art prints and throw pillows too:
Whenever I can, I attend live figure drawing sessions here in NYC. There’s really no better way to hone your art skills than to draw the figure from life. It’s one of those skills I’ll never fully master, but that’s what makes it interesting – and sometimes frustrating! These recent live figure drawings were made quickly, about 10 minutes per drawing, with blue PanPastels.
Some sketches from my recent trip to Florida….. The first sketch is from a fascinating exhibit at the Norton Museum of Art: “O’Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York.” Not that this has to do with Florida exactly, but it was an inspiring experience from my trip. Shown here is a self-portrait by the wonderful Florine Stettheimer accompanied by a couple of ladies in […]
From my sketchbook….. some inspiring looks from Fall/Winter Fashion Week 2016 in New York, Milan and Paris. An aqua blue dress by Carolina Herrera with a Jazz-Age feel. (Painted with PanPastels & available as a fine art print.) Alessandro Michele’s whimsical technicolor designs for Gucci. Karl Lagerfeld’s always-inventive variations on the classic Chanel suit.
These pink and white tulips made it feel like springtime in my studio. Pink & White Tulips Prints and Pillows
One of my favorite haunts in New York City is Grand Central Terminal, particularly in the afternoon, when shards of light stream through the high windows, creating luminous patterns. Grand Central Terminal Light prints + pillows
Often, at the end of a painting session, I take a clean sheet of watercolor paper and improvise with color. Here I began with blush pink, which morphed into a darker, juicier shade of persimmon. Blush pink, green + persimmon prints and pillows
While we wait impatiently for spring, let’s stop and admire the stark quiet beauty of trees in winter. Winter Trees prints + pillows
I finally figured out how to make an animated GIF in Photoshop. A Valentine kiss seemed like a perfect way to experiment with this simple form of animation. Happy Valentines Day!
This red evening dress painting (made with PanPastels on charcoal paper) was inspired by a gown from Giambattista Valli’s dreamy collection for Couture Fashion Week 2016. His designs were inspired by Parisian gardens: the Parc de Bagatelle, the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Palais-Royal and the Jardin des Tuileries.
In the winter months I always have fresh flowers in my studio. Often I’m inspired to paint them. These tulips opened beautifully, swooping in all directions.
The past couple of days have been “snow days” for those of us living on the east coast of the United States, with Winter Storm Jonas leaving a record 26.8 inches of snow on the ground here in New York City. Fortunately I was lucky enough to spend the storm cozily indoors, watching the snow fall from […]
Holiday Greetings from NYC! This festive red PanPastel sketch was made at the Society of Illustrators’ Sketch Night – a fantastic place to draw, particularly if you are interested in fashion. This is my last post of the year before taking a much-needed vacation. I wish you all a happy, healthy and inspiring holiday season!
A little holiday ballet art, inspired by the Waltz of the Flowers from the Nutcracker. Drawn with PanPastels on charcoal paper.
Some days the best thing to do is experiment with your materials. This painting of the Chrysler Building at night is the result of playing around with two of my favorite mediums: watercolor and PanPastel.
The latest in my series of sketches of people looking at art….this one from a beautiful exhibit of the late-19th-early-20th-century Danish painter, Vilhelm Hammershøi, at Scandinavia House in New York. The exhibit, Painting Tranquility: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi from SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark, runs through February 27th. Don’t miss it! His paintings have a luminous, lonely quality that reminds […]
There’s something very appealing about New York in the rain. It looks like a watercolor painting – the shimmering surfaces; the blurred bright colors of the taxi cabs and traffic lights. And if there happens to be a couple walking by under a red umbrella, how can I not paint them?
In May 2015, the Whitney Museum of American Art relocated from it’s long-time home on Madison Avenue to a huge new space downtown. In conversation New Yorkers tend to refer to this new location as “the new Whitney.” I was at the new Whitney recently, and as usual I was drawn to museum goers interacting with the art. (This interest is morphing into its […]