European Chub Pen and Ink Drawing – When I was a student at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, I used pen and ink because it was faster than painting with acrylic or gouache. Also, I also used dyes instead of watercolor because the colors were brighter. I still have some of those paintings. Now when I look at them, I’m amazed at how good student artwork was in 1987. I thought that I would try to recreate some of that magic by making a pen and ink drawing colored with dyes.
Painting Water on my new Gouache Cormorant Painting – In an effort to make my paintings more friendly to doctor’s offices, nursing homes and hospitals, I decided to replace the poisonous vipers with a pair of cormorants. Black vipers were a great subject with all their shiny scales. However, a poisonous snake is never a good choice of subject matter for an up and coming wildlife artist. Like the viper, the cormorant is dark colored and the symmetry of their feathers will not be a lot different from snake scales.
St. Augustine Art Association Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 – On Saturday, July 21st, the St. Augustine Art Association held the reception for their Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition. I had one painting, my Golden Eagle in the Kodar Mountains on display and was able to meet with several successful artists who gave me great advice and shared valuable information. Also, I would like to thank association president Diane Bradley, Elyse Brady, Jenn Flynt and the entire St. Augustine Art Association staff for putting this show on every year.
St Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018 – It’s that time of year. The time for the St. Augustine Art Association’s Nature & Wildlife Exhibition. After missing the 2017 exhibition, I am very happy to have a painting in this year’s show. To ship my artwork from my home in New Jersey to St. Augustine, Florida, I used the MasterPak Box. I’ve found it to be a very reliable and reusable box for shipping delicate artwork. The MasterPak box features three layers of foam with a puncture shield just inside the cardboard of the box. The center foam has perforated square that allows the artist to tear away just the perfect shape square or rectangle to give the artwork a tighter fit inside the box.
Bobwhite Quail in the Bog – Back in February I learned about an art and photography exhibition being planned by the Black Run Preserve, a land preservation organisation in Evesham Twp., NJ. Having grown up in Evesham Twp. in the late 60’s and early 70’s, I was very familiar with the forests and streams that make up today’s 1300 acre Black Run Preserve.