Rehabilitating a Vintage Byer & Hayes Fountain Pen

Rehabilitating a Vintage Byer & Hayes Fountain Pen

About a year ago I bought a vintage Byer & Hayes fountain pen.  It was in good shape with the original clip with the B&H logo.  The main thing I liked was the super-flexible gold nib for sketching.  Unfortunately the bladder rotted and the ink dried up leaving...
Turner Watercolors at the Mystic Seaport Museum

Turner Watercolors at the Mystic Seaport Museum

I’ve long been a fan of J.M.W. Turner’s huge luminous oils that hang in many museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in my hometown of Manhattan. However I was unaware of his watercolors, and when I learned about the exhibit at the Mystic Seaport Museum I had...
A Train Graveyard in Thorndike, Maine

A Train Graveyard in Thorndike, Maine

This past summer while roaming the Maine countryside looking for enticing scenes for plein air painting I came across a piece of American railway history.  It was the crumbling remains of the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad.   The town was Thorndike, and it sits...
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...
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. ...
Courtroom Art and NYC History

Courtroom Art and NYC History

This is a message to sketchers and those interested in the underbelly of New York City history:  RUN DON’T WALK to the exhibit currently running at the Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery at John Jay College of Criminal Justice until February 2, 2018.  The show is entitled...