Goodbye skyline

I’m still working on the newest paradise picture.  I’ve come to a spot where I’m kind of stuck, but it will work out.  I’m not at my brightest…maybe spring fever?

At any rate, I’ve lost my view of the skyline.  It happens every year about this time. The beautiful old sycamore out front get its leaves, and blocks the view.  I don’t mind because it means it’s spring, and the light and warmth are here.

Here’s a sketch I did of the sycamore a while back.542


Of course, as always, more of my work can be seen at


A Work in Progress

I thought I’d show a drawing in the process of being done.  Here, I am taking subject matter from a photograph, and interpreting it.  I’m reducing the light and shadow in the photo to an interpretive design.  The action is spontaneous, I don’t plan what I’m going to do.  This keeps me fresher, and more involved in the work.  Here’s the drawing as it stands.




My website is back up, except for such things as meta-tags.  You can see more of my work at

Took some time off


One thing that happens on occasion, is that depression gets the better of me.  I had some stresses that built up.  I’m feeling better to handle all that now.

In the meantime, I did another piece in the paradise series.

I’m debating to keep making these small, or to try to make one a larger size.

Anyway, here it is



I have also completed my newly designed website.  To see it, go to

Another drawing



I imagine it would not be possible to not mention the passing of Thomas Kinkaide.  He was a very skilled artist who marketed his work well.  His work is meaningful to a lot of people, and for all of the talk of his work being saccharin, he certainly contributed to the lives of many people.

That being said, I have a hard time ignoring the fact that he implied that buying a reproduction of his art, with a few dabs of paint added by an assistant, would be a great investment.  To me, that’s a big con. 

Anyway, back to my work and wanting it to make people happy.  I’m progressing with these little paradise drawings.  They are truly joyful to draw.  Soon I may try a large sized one, to see how that goes.

So, here’s the most recent


What a waste of time!


Having the website down has been distracting me from getting any art done. It’s frustrating and slow, mainly because I just did it!  I’m waiting for a refund for the software I used before.


It’s been a beautiful spring day.  I should be out collecting material for the Paradise series, but that’s a little difficult in Queens.  Sure, there are pretty places, but not around here.  Just to give you an idea of what my area looks like, here’s a view from my living room window.


It’s great if your idea of Paradise is the Long Island
Expressway, and a cemetery

I don’t really like the idea of using other people’s photos, but for a while, I guess I must..