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A Drawing is a Record of Your Lived Experience.

A Drawing is a Record of Your Lived Experience.

When I’m out drawing, I try to remember to resist the temptation to spend an hour looking for the perfect view. Anything can make an interesting drawing. If you’re in Paris, you don’t have to draw the Eiffel Tower. I was trapped under an awning during a rainstorm recently and drew a picture of the car parked across the street. It’s a funny, awkward little picture, but it ended up being my favorite drawing of the day. I want my...

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Hate the Idea of Outlines? Try a Thumbnail Sketch Instead.

  Most artists begin with some version of a thumbnail sketch. It might look like this one: a tiny, rough drawing, made with the purpose of working out where the big shapes go. Generally there’s some attempt at indicating value (light and dark) as well. You might do four of these before you settle on a composition that works. When I do an oil painting, I’m generally working from a photograph, so I’ve already messed around...

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It’s Time for Another Art Auction

It’s Time for Another Art Auction

In the last year and a half, I’ve held a series of art auctions to benefit groups like Planned Parenthood, Pro Publica, and the American Refugee Committee. With your help, I was able to donate over $9000 to groups that were fighting the good fight. But as we move closer to election season, I know that what matters most is electing good people to office. That’s why I’m dedicating my latest batch of paintings–32 in...

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My Art Supplies

If you follow me on Instagram, you might’ve noticed that I’ve been posting a lot of sketches lately. Sketching is a delightful pastime that also happens to be highly portable, especially if you have a small and simple set of art supplies that can go with you everywhere. I get a lot of questions about what art supplies I use, so here’s the answer.  I’m including links to purchase online, but only because you can see a...

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Charity Auction for ProPublica

Charity Auction for ProPublica

Ah, technology! I’m holding an eBay auction right now for eight paintings of people reading, with 100% of the money going to the nonprofit ProPublica. But eBay’s having a glitch right now that is making it hard to browse the paintings online. (I actually got someone at eBay on the phone–they are perplexed and working on it) Meanwhile, I’m posting a link here to every painting. It’s a bit tedious to look at them this...

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Reading on the Street

Reading on the Street

Okay, he’s just looking at his phone, but he might be reading some very important investigative journalism from ProPublica. The sale of this and seven other paintings benefit them–go here to bid.   (Oh, and I’m pretty sure he knew how good he looked in those green pants with that red bag and that orange wall across the...

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Reading in Bryant Park

Reading in Bryant Park

What can I say about this one? Another painting of someone reading in New York’s lovely Bryant Park. I’m auctioning it off to benefit ProPublica–go here to bid.  

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Woman in Black, Reading

Woman in Black, Reading

This is part of a series of paintings of people reading that I’m auctioning off to benefit ProPublica. Go here for details. So this was a painting that surprised me. I was working from a photograph of a woman in a pink sundress, with the bright, happy, green Washington Square Park in the background. I often paint on black gesso, so there was a stage early on when all you could see was her figure against the black background–I...

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Reading on the Fire Escape

Reading on the Fire Escape

This is another painting I’m auctioning off to benefit ProPublica–go here for details. The only reason I ever keep a painting is because I’m so pleased with it that I’m sure I’ll never paint another one as good. I kept this one for years for that reason. I just loved it. Even when I thought I was pretty sure I could paint it all over again and be just as satisfied, I wasn’t sure–so I did. I painted...

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