Big city Boston, small town sketch

Photo inspiration meets sketch

Photo inspiration meets sketch


How an inspiration turns into an artwork is not always a straight line. Nor does it come straight from a photo. In this case, a quick shot included enough information to work out a sketch full of character rather than fully-rendered details.

So Much to See

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This is what I saw when arriving at the Phoenix Hill Farm on a gorgeous fall day here in New Hampshire. The textures, color, building forms, wildlife, compositional possibilities stared me in the face as I roamed the property to find a spot to settle down to begin the process of Continue reading

Waving in the breeze

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What a powerful symbol of freedom three colors have become. Even as a bunting and not a flag they still are seen as the American color palette. America will never be a perfect symbol of freedom. But I believe our heart is always in the right place Continue reading

Memorial Bridge in the Abstract

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Last week I was visiting the NH Art Association Levy Gallery on State Street in Portsmouth and walked down to the waterfront to check out the progress on the deconstruction of the Memorial Bridge built in 1923. I was treated to a gorgeous view with late afternoon light perfectly illuminating a variety of metal surfaces. The round flower-like shapes of the fly-wheels–I’m guessing at what these are actual called–were not something I have seen before. Certainly not Continue reading

Winter Whites Will Wait

Tree trunk abstract shape

Winter walk in the shadows

You might think this tree trunk is blocking the view of this antique colonial home in the village of Goffstown, NH. But the way I see it, it has created bold abstract forms contrasting against the bright whites of the white clapboards. And this stark color change from white to dark gray called out to me to take a closer look. Continue reading

Abstract Red Sox

Not the best seats

From deep right field

Home runs are found here–at our favorite major league baseball stadium, Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. They can also be found by artists who see the world around them in a different perspective.

One beautiful summer day while watching a game at Fenway, I thought I’d take a few snapshots of the view from my right field seat–one of those seats that face straight ahead toward left field so you have a sore neck at the end of Continue reading

Unplanned Light in Venice, Italy

Wrong camera setting captures unplanned action

A too quick adjustment on my digital camera led to this unplanned image. Late day light was quickly disappearing and I was trying to find a low light setting on the camera when I basically gave up and snapped a few shots. I knew the exposure would not capture the actual lighting Continue reading