Random Musing No. 1

August 4, 2018

The human eye has a range of 120°, mostly peripheral vision, compared to the camera’s typical 200° or more. That is why the figures sometimes seem distorted at the edges of a photograph. We make up for this seeming deficit by moving our focus (in movements called “saccades”) around a scene to build up a gestalt awareness of its appearance.
A painting, curated by human intelligence, is superior in every respect to a photograph, except for how long it takes to make it. If cameras took three hours to create the exact same image as they do now in a split second, there would be no question as to which medium people would choose when they needed an image recorded.

More Nudes

June 16, 2018

Reasonably pleased with the results from last night’s drawing session. The model was tall and athletic–at first I thought she was a guy–and, for a change, no tattoos! Here are the nicest ones.


Nude Portraits

April 19, 2018

When I draw the nude I usually try to get in a portrait during one of the shorter poses. My nudes also have strong portrait elements, but sometimes it’s nice to forget the body and just concentrate on the face.

Recent Portraits

February 10, 2018

Mollie, below, was the last portrait I painted in 2017. I’ve been experimenting with an imprimatura but I didn’t have a toned canvas ready so this is painted on a white background. Just as well, as the model was so pale I would have done the entire piece in pale tints of white.


That is precisely what happened with this portrait, the first oil painting of 2018. The tone is way too dark and as a result this is a chalky, unsuccessful painting.


This last painting was done on a much more delicate background, and is perhaps the most successful of the three.


All from Kate Huntington’s Tuesday portrait session.

Recent Stuff

December 18, 2017

I always forget to update this blog. Here’s some new stuff since October:

The “Tomatoes” watercolor is a replacement for another painting of the same subject I sold. Dauna, Hatch, and Peter are from Kate Huntington’s portrait painting session. I’m experimenting with imprimaturas again (every 40 years, need it or not). I can’t help but feel it’s cheating.