Notes from an Artistic Journey

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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Revisiting My Medical School Sketchbooks

This is one of the sketches I did as a medical student when rotating through the VA Hospital.   It was done with a felt-tip marker, probably a Flair, on the back of a Doctors Order sheet.   It's not dated, but was probably done in 1979.  It shows a scene you won't see...

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Plein Air Oil Painting in Central Park

The first sunny weekend in June I set out to do plein air oil painting in Central Park.  My equipment included my Open Box M easel, a basic array of primary colors, and one of my home-made panels surfaced with primed cotton.  The park gets really crowded with...

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