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...
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...