Trying Out Rabbit Skin Glue

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...
Welcome to My New Website!

Welcome to My New Website!

Welcome to my new website, which assembles a good portion of my creative output into one place that is easily viewable and searchable.  My sketchbooks, photos, paintings, blog posts, and videos are all represented here. When I started this project I was surprised how...
Ambulating Manhattan

Ambulating Manhattan

Across the globe, more than half the world’s population lives in cities, and there is a growing recognition that urban environments need to be more age-friendly.   With its rich cultural offerings and easy access to stores, New York City looks like a great place to...
Combining Art and Medicine

Combining Art and Medicine

I love the look and feel of old medical textbooks.  Their authorative aura was often enhanced by leather binding. They harken back to a time before the internet, when medical knowledge was priveliged information available to only a few. When I transformed this old...
An Abandoned Psychiatric Hospital in Tuscany

An Abandoned Psychiatric Hospital in Tuscany

Tuscany is an enchanting place filled with scenic beauty, but beneath the surface there is dark history. On a recent painting trip to Italy I had the opportunity to tour an abandoned psychiatric hospital in the town of Volterra. In the late 19th Century when it was...
Jean Martin Charcot: Physician and Urban Sketcher

Jean Martin Charcot: Physician and Urban Sketcher

I have always been interested in physicians who incorporated art into their life and practice, and one of them was Jean Martin Charcot.   A towering figure in the medical world of the 19th Century, Charcot was born in 1825 and finished medical school at age 23.  He...