If you really slow down and look, you’ll discover so many subtle colors in white. This white peony art print began its transformation with a bunch of grocery-store peonies in front of a white wall in my studio. This pastel floral painting was made with PanPastels on yellow PastelMat paper – a wonderfully “toothy” surface […]
The New York High Line, an elevated rail line transformed into a public park that winds along the west side of Manhattan is at its most atmospheric in the evening. This magical time of day inspired these two New York High Line night scene paintings. In the first High Line painting, in watercolor, a couple […]
Two cherry blossom art prints inspired by a walk along the Bridle Path in New York’s Central Park at that ephemeral moment when the blossoms are beginning to fall to the ground, creating a carpet of pink. These cherry blossom prints are available in my shop, in a range of sizes, materials and framing options – shop now. These […]
Lavender and gray fashion art inspired by an ethereal evening gown by Lanvin/Castillo from 1956. See the original dress at Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through February 5th. Created with PanPastel on charcoal paper, it’s available as a fine art print in my online shop.
Technique and Inspiration As many of you know, I’m a fan of PanPastels. So it was an honor when the company asked me to do a PanPastel artist interview on their blog, PaintDrawBlend. In this wide-ranging interview, I offer tips on which papers to use and how to layer PanPastel with watercolor. In addition, I chat […]
New Paintings of Paris, Fashion, Flowers and the New York Skyline…. Having done my vacationing earlier in the summer, I took advantage of that quiet period in August, when most sensible New Yorkers leave town. It was a gift to have uninterrupted time in the studio to work on new paintings. Paris That feeling of coolness in the midst […]
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.
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.
PanPastels are one of my favorite art materials. I love their intense colors and rich tonal range. The only problem is they shatter easily – and they’re not cheap to replace. Lately I’ve been wondering if it’s possible to fix broken PanPastels. First I contacted PanPastel to ask them if there was a way to fix them. Their “official” answer was no. However, […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
This time of year, Pantone announces its “official” color of the year for home decor, fashion and design. The color for 2015 is Pantone Marsala, an earthy shade of rose, inspired by the Sicilian fortified wine by the same name. I decided to give myself a little challenge and experiment with pairing Marsala with other colors. It’s […]