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...
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...
Preparing for Plein Air Painting in Castine, Maine

Preparing for Plein Air Painting in Castine, Maine

Those of you who follow my posts know that I recently picked up plein-air painting using watercolor and oil.  I am pleased to announce that I was accepted to the Castine Plein Air Festival this summer in Castine, Maine.  In the spring I submitted an application to...
Urban Sketching in Portland, Oregon

Urban Sketching in Portland, Oregon

I recently spent time in Portland, Oregon.  My reason for going was to present research at the American Geriatrics Society annual meeting that was held at the Convention Center.  While there, I was able to get out and explore the downtown area, and also do some...
Another Art Supply Store Closes

Another Art Supply Store Closes

It was with sadness that I went downtown to Jerrys New York Central on 4th Avenue to grab what was left at the closing sale.  Jerry’s was one of the last remaining art supply stores in Manhattan that had salespeople who know about the inventory and a friendly...