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 […]
As the days get cooler and and shorter, I find inspiration and comfort in rich warm autumn colors.
As many of you know, I’ve studied dance, in one form or another, for most of my life. For many years I did flamenco, then couple of years ago I decided to return to ballet – something I hadn’t done since my early 20s! One of my teachers, Richard Marsden, has been teaching an advanced variation workshop and generously allowed me […]
“When I was young I could draw like Raphael, but it has taken me my whole life to learn to draw like a child.” – Pablo Picasso Picasso is famous for having mastered painting technique at a very young age. But I didn’t know, until I saw the current Picasso sculpture show at the Museum […]
The Empire State Building is one of my favorite buildings in New York City (along with the Chrysler Building). At night it’s illuminated in different colors, according to various holidays and events. Recently we’ve had a few nights when it is all blue. That vision of a blue Empire State Building glowing against a deep blue […]
This watercolor painting was inspired by a coral evening dress from Alessandro Michele’s ethereal Spring/Summer 2016 collection for Gucci at Milan Fashion Week.
The other day I visited the exhibit “Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.It was my third visit to this extraordinary show, which focuses on the paintings John Singer Sargent made of his close circle of creative friends, many of whom were famous – Claude Monet, Henry James, Auguste Rodin, Gabriel Faure. Famous friends aside, what really makes this show […]
For the last day of summer….. a sun-dappled garden party painting, created digitally on my iPad.
This time of year the fruits and vegetables at the farmer’s markets are a feast for the eyes, as as well as the palette. Inspired by all this delicious bounty, I made these heirloom tomato sketches the other day, painted very quickly in watercolor.
This watercolor fashion painting was inspired by the dreamy Tadashi Shoji Spring/Summer 2016 collection at New York Fashion Week (NYFW).
It’s fig season in my studio! I’ve been having fun sketching these deep purple beauties….and eating them afterwards.
These days my favorite medium for figure sketching is PanPastel, a highly concentrated pastel in a jar that you apply with a little sponge – sort of like eyeshadow. I’m in love with its tonal range and diaphanous quality, as seen in this blue figure sketch.