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.
The other day our friends invited us to visit them on Fire Island, a beautiful barrier island off the coast of Long Island, New York. The dreamy sea view from their deck was quite spectacular and I was inspired to take out my Ipad and make this plein air painting.
New York City in August has a reputation for being hot and smelly. A place to escape from. But summer in the city has its advantages. The city is a lot less crowded. And in the cool of the evening, when the lights come on, the atmosphere can be magical. Here’s an August evening view (from my sketchbook) of Lincoln […]
The other day, my friend Arvind, a gifted photographer who has recently taken up drawing and painting, asked me how I go about painting watercolor flowers. I’m not sure I was helpful in answering his questions, but it occurred to me that some of you might be interested as well. Here is a step-by-step guide to my process. […]
Inspiration is everywhere. I painted this watercolor a few weeks ago. It’s based on a sketch I made at the Society of Illustrators here in NYC. The model’s dress was pale yellow (I recall), but as you can see, my nail color that day apparently influenced my paint palette. In any case, I named this painting, “The Lavender Dress.” And here is the lavender […]
The other day I was at the Union Square Greenmarket near closing time. A woman rushed by me carrying several bunches of beautiful Cosmos, like huge sprays of wildflowers. I was determined to find that vendor and buy some. Within a minute or so I found him packing up his tent for the day. A small number of bouquets remained on his […]
One of the things I enjoy about living in a big city is the access to life drawing opportunities. In NYC, life drawing sessions take place virtually every day, hosted by art schools or groups of artists, where you can just drop in and sketch. While drawing from photos is useful, there is nothing better (or more […]
Every June I’m inspired to paint roses. The only problem is painting roses has always vexed me. All those layers of petals somehow distract me from capturing the shape of the rose, the feeling of a rose. I get caught up in the details instead of paying attention to the overall effect. The key is to simplify the flowers down to their essence. […]
I recently visited the “China Through the Looking Glass” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art here in NYC. It’s a bit of a multi-media extravaganza, but nevertheless a feast for the eyes. The show is a collaboration between the Met’s Costume Institute and Department of Asian Art. High fashion is on display next to traditional Chinese costume, decorative arts, […]
The other night I attended the New York Society of Illustrators sketch night – a live fashion drawing event where all the poses were limited to 7 minutes or less. Most model drawing classes are run in a similar way, with very short poses leading up to longer poses. As I quickly made my fashion sketches, I was reminded of what a pleasure it is […]