I’ve alway liked the writing of Kurt Vonnegut, so he was a natural choice for my first attempt to draw a likeness of a famous writer. I think I captured a pretty good Kurt.Read more "Kurt Vonnegut"
This is another in my taxi cab series. These watercolors seem to be the most popular art I create. At least more people tell me they like the loose style and my use of color. What I’m trying to capture with these is the sense of emptiness and loneliness oftentimes endemic to urban environments such […]Read more "Taxi Cab Back Lot"
Another sketch of a famous composer, this time Hector Berlioz. My process is simple: I print out a picture of the composer and then pick up a No. 2 pencil and sketch the likeness on a small sketchpad. That’s all there is to it. I plan on working my way through the visages of several […]Read more "Hector Berlioz – the Sketchpad"
It took me several weeks to complete these watercolors. The drawings are based on the illustrations which William Addison Dwiggins completed for Heritage Press in 1930 for an edition of The Scarlet Letter. To teach myself something about book illustration and watercolors, I set about to reproduce the Dwiggins drawings as faithfully as my modicum […]Read more "The Scarlet Letter Project"
I painted Bill the Barman in an opaque watercolor similar to gouache, and the taxis I painted in Holbein watercolors, the good stuff. Smears and drips are apparent in the finished work, so I have more to learn about how to handle this wonderful medium.Read more "Two Watercolors"
Some acrylic paintings I recently completed. These were quick studies done on board with the goal of suggesting human forms in paint.Read more "Three Acrylic Studies"
Here’s an acrylic painting of my backyard. In the middle is a dying fig tree trying to survive the southern California drought.Read more "My Backyard"
This is the first self-portrait I’ve ever attempted. A little primitive and expressionistic, it meets with my approval.Read more "Self-Portrait"
My friend David sent me a photo he took of his daughter, Morgan, standing in front of a trellis hanging with flowers. I was a bit inspired and did an acrylic painting on paper of it, impressionistic and a little abstract.Read more "Morgan the Flower Girl"
This is the third release in CPO’s series of the symphonic works of Hendrik Andriessen (1892–1981), who was better known in his lifetime as a musicologist and church organist. In 1942 the Nazis held Andriessen hostage for five months, and upon his release he began composing his Symphony No. 3, the premiere of which he conducted […]Read more "Hendrik Andriessen – Great But Neglected Composer"