Painting as a Passion

Some thoughts and news about watercolor that I hope you find interesting.

Forever Vigilant

The Trials and Tribulations of Learning to Paint in Watercolor.

January 06, 2021

After nearly twenty years of teaching, I have noticed what has most discouraged some students from pursuing the study of watercolor. In a nutshell, it is the lack of understanding of how the... read more
Santa Maria della Salute

The Importance of Understanding Value

January 02, 2021

It wasn't until I was nearly sixty years old that I discovered the importance of values in painting.  This is why I want to stress to my students that once they learn to see darks and lights in... read more
Fishermen of Kerala

Artist Magazine Finalist

July 01, 2011

The Fishermen of Kerala was chosen as a finalist the Artist Magazine 28th Annual Competition.  My name will appear in the December 2011 issue. read more
Incoming Mallards

What does it take to succeed in the business of art?

May 14, 2011

This evening, to my surprise, “The Fisherman of Kervala“ was selected for the Hudson Valley Art Association’s 80th Annual Exhibition.  It is being held at The Lyme Art Association 90 Lyme... read more
Coyeman's Landing

Mill Street Loft First National Juried Exhibition

April 29, 2011

Today I received notice that I have been selected to participate in Mill Street Loft first national juried exhibition called “Our Towns”. It is focusing on the towns and cities of the Hudson... read more
Fishermen of Kerala

Best Watercolor - President’s Exhibition

March 28, 2011

I was honored to have my painting “The Fishermen of Kerala” selected as the best watercolor in the President’s Exhibition- “Best of the Best” at the Salmagundi Club in New York City.  It is... read more
Cold Spring Harbor

Some Personal Thoughts On Art and Technique

August 05, 2010

As I look at the art of other artists I admire, I find a style, a unique combination of pigments and techniques that defines that artist. I can identify a work immediately by the style. I have... read more

Boboli Gardens by John Singer Sargent

October 11, 2009

Here is an example of painting with gusto and keen observation. What is particularly interesting to me is the subtlety of the late afternoon light skimming the shrubbery and illuminating the... read more

Boat Harbour Chioggia, Italy by Joseph Zubukvic

April 01, 2009

In my opinion, this is a classic example of what a watercolor should be. All the principles of what constitutes a good painting have been employed. It has mood (atmosphere, ambience), the... read more

Gondolier’s Siesta by John Singer Sargent

March 31, 2009

This is an example of Sargent using a very limited palette, yet the color is striking. If I had to guess, I would say he used ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, and alizarin crimson. As is most of... read more

Bridge of Sighs by John Singer Sargent

March 31, 2009

I found that if you go to Google images and type in “Bridge of Sighs” you can see how Sargent interpreted what he saw.  I found this very helpful.  In this painting I noticed Sargent left the... read more