Notes from an Artistic Journey

Plein Air Painting on the McKenzie River

The wild McKenzie River runs through the Willamette National Forest, west of the Cascade Range in Central Oregon.  Over the July 4th weekend I went there to paint it.  I managed to film my work and post it, and this is the story of my trip. I flew into Redmond and...

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My Art Library:  Drawing the Head & Figure, by Jack Hamm

As someone who never went to art school, this slim out-of-print volume is probably the most informative book I’ve ever seen for learning how to sketch the human body.  At only 120 pages, it contains hundreds of illustrations and easy-to-follow text that deliver tips,...

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Photographing Wigstock in Tompkins Square Park, 2003

Back when digital cameras began to outsell film cameras, I was still doing street photography with my Leica M4 and developing the film in my apartment.  I have thousands of negatives in storage that document life in Manhattan since I moved here in 1984.  All the...

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Life and Art at the Bowery Gallery

Philip Sherrod shows off his collage of found objects.   In my years as a physician at St. Vincent’s Hospital in the West Village I became friends with many artists who lived and worked in this neighborhood, and getting to know them opened up new worlds for me. ...

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Urban Sketching & Asian Cuisine: Adventuring in Flushing, Queens

On Saturday night my wife and I decided to go adventuring and get Chinese food in Flushing, Queens.  This place is considered the largest, least touristy, and most vibrant Chinatown in America.  We took the 7 Train - nicknamed the Orient Express - from Grand Central...

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Plein Air Painting in the Hudson Valley

Back in May as the weather tuned nice and spring began to take root I took a workship in the Hudson Valley with Garin Baker, sponsored by the Art Students League.  This was a wonderful opportunity to get outside and paint in a spectacular environment close to...

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