Notes from an Artistic Journey

Returning to Cow Canyon Trading Post

Returning to Cow Canyon Trading Post

My relationship with making art has been complicated, mainly because of my day job as a medical doctor in New York City.  Years ago I maintained a painting studio, but gave up the medium when I moved into a small Manhattan apartment to pursue my training.  But the...

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The Thrill of Watching Paint Dry

The Thrill of Watching Paint Dry

In the heat of the southwest desert, among the towering buttes and mesas of Red Rock country, I discovered the thrill of watching paint dry.  I’ve been doing watercolor for years and found the most difficult part is waiting for each wash to dry before proceeding to...

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Plein Air Painting on the McKenzie River

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

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

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

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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