Last week I began working back into an idea from several years ago.  This coincided with hearing from artists that I worked with in Morocco.

I’ve had a painting-actually two, one oil and one watercolor- of the courtyard at the Bahia Palace in progress since 2016 and got the itch to work back into them. I feel a sense of freedom and excitement having an idea come back to me and change shape. I remember observing this couple and their child, years ago now, and here they are again.


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Moveable Paintbox Workshop! April 28 and 29, Washington Dc

Margaret and I have hatched a new workshop.  We’ll demonstrate and teach our method for painting and drawing on the spot.

Workshop schedule:
Saturday, April 28, 1-5PM, McLean, VA  and  Sunday, April 29 from  11AM-2PM National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

Saturday’s portion of the workshop will be held at a private 17th-century farmhouse filled with interesting objects. On Sunday we will visit the National Gallery of Art and sketch from the collection.

 Information and registration here.


After Bonnard
The Jackson House
After Vuillard


Portrait landmarks

Providence RI: I am teaching an 11 week roving watercolor sketch course on Thursday afternoons starting February 1.  Click here for more information and registration.

Below are portrait landmark notes made in my oil painting class.

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Portrait proportions after Sargent’s Lady Agnew of Lochnaw.  These are the landmarks I think of when drawing a human head.  Please note the measurements only hold true when looking directly at the subject at eye level.


I tend to think about the portrait landmarks in this order

  • Vertical center line
  • Top of hair
  • Top of head
  • hair / brow line
  • Eye Brow level
  • Eye level (I measure at the tear duct)
  • Bottom of nose
  • Tops and bottoms of ears
  • Line where the lips meet
  • Bottom of  the chin

Peruvian Retablo at peaceable kingdom

From a wonderful art class at Peaceable Kingdom on Ives St. in Providence.  Joan and her husband have a fabulous collection from around the globe.  It was hard to settle down and sketch one thing but I managed with this …are you ready? dog party retablo.  Can you believe it?  I think it might be my bravest sketch ever, small endeavor that it was.  I love my paint box, not because it allows me to capture what I am seeing but because it helps me enjoy it, and life, more.dp2646_1.jpeg

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we started with color swatches
Peruvian Retablo from Peaceable Kingdom

Sketching workshop at Bryant

Photos and demo sketches from a workshop at Bryant U for a Creativity and the Arts course taught by Joan Zaretti.  The students were fabulous! We went over guidelines for drawing from art. (Like the thumbnail sketching tutorial here.) We worked from university portraits but also tackled Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa, Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People, as well as a Cezanne and a Monet from the RISD Museum collection.

I found the work of Suzanne Hodes in the Bryant art collection and had trouble pulling myself away.

Class notes, figure

note on a bit of tracing paper

I ran across this drawing notation made about a student’s drawing and wanted to see if I could piece the picture together from the notation and what I remembered about her photo an description of the moment-a happy boy and all that dog!

picture in my (lightweight) sketchbook (not on tracing paper though it looks it)