Notes from an Artistic Journey

Trying Out Rabbit Skin Glue

This weekend I tried rabbit skin glue for priming canvas and was pleased with the result.  For years I was hesitant to test this old-time technology, but having been disappointed with PVR sizing I decided to give it a go.  Plus with the closing of Jerry’s on Fourth...

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Another Art Supply Store Closes

It was with sadness that I went downtown to Jerrys New York Central on 4th Avenue to grab what was left at the closing sale.  Jerry's was one of the last remaining art supply stores in Manhattan that had salespeople who know about the inventory and a friendly ambience...

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The Minotaur of Zuccarello

While wandering the winding stone streets of the nearly deserted medieval town of Zucarello looking for a quiet place to paint, a startling sight made my blood run cold. Built into a niche was a locked cell of iron bars that held a very lifelike creature with bulging...

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Celebrity Duck Takes Manhattan!

Feeling bruised after an expensive and somewhat painful dental appointment, I took a detour into Central Park to lighten my spirits.  Walking by the pond by 59th Street and 5th Avenue, in the shadow of the Plaza Hotel, I noticed a crowd pressed at the edge of the...

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Urban Sketching in Porto and Madrid

Getting to Portugal for the international Urban Sketchers Symposium was not difficult, but demanded some tricky connections as I started off from Maine.  So I took a ride on an 8 seater Cessna from Rockland to Boston where I caught a flight to Madrid.  I was able to...

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Sketching at the Museo del Prado

This past summer after the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Porto I flew to Madrid where I spent time sketching in the Museo del Prado.  This amazing world-class museum is bursting with gems of art history and Spanish culture, along with a strict policy that bans...

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