Plein Air Painting in the Hudson Valley

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...
Revisiting My Medical School Sketchbooks

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...
Plein Air Oil Painting in Central Park

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...
Rehabilitating a Vintage Grumbacher #286 French Easel

Rehabilitating a Vintage Grumbacher #286 French Easel

I’m a big fan of vintage art supplies.  Seems that much of the stuff you get today feels like cheap knock-offs.  Plus its kind of a spiritual experience using good quality materials that were used and enjoyed by another artist. I always admired the romance of...
The Ticket That Got Me Through Medical School

The Ticket That Got Me Through Medical School

While going through a box of art supplies I had in storage I came across this ticket to the Friday Eventing Sketch Class from 1982.  I suddenly realized how important the Art Students League was in getting me through medical school. I went to medical school in Newark,...