Thursday, March 29, 2012


IF's word is "SWAMP."
This creature does a lazy backstroke.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


My study in oil; 16 x 20.
This was done over a couple of nights.

I punctured my tube
of cad.' red light and
finished the last night with
the following quick painting.

Same pose in an imaginary setting.
Same size, too.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Figure painting with Leonid Gervits

From the catalog of TSKW:

"Figurative painting is alive and thriving. An artist’s skilled hand and sensitive soul can add to the excitement of a realist painting. Gervits is a world acclaimed painter, honed by deep-rooted European traditions, and known for his mastery of figurative art. Trained at the National Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia, he has shared his classic language of visual expression, providing the highest level of instruction at the Art Students League of New York, since his arrival in the US in 1991. We are honored to have an instructor of this caliber presenting this workshop."

This is my study from the class.
Oil on canvas paper; 8 x 5.5 inches.

I got a kick out of Leonid's appraisals
and critique as he circulated around the ten of us during
the 2.5 hours. He is helpful and nicely blunt.
Model scheduling/snafu but
resident artist cheerfully and professionally
stepped up for the long session.
Finally a decent set up, too, with
model in front of drapery and properly lit.
Looking forward to the next two nights.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The garden today

Strolling around today; these are the old boys on the water.

Bill's attached orchids to the palms.
Other gentlemen attached iguana guards below them.

One of two deer guarding the walk.

More-coddled orchids sheltered by the front door.

The desert roses have really gone to town.
We patrol for caterpillars daily.

These shapes made me fetch my camera.

Color overhead in the palms.

Friday, March 16, 2012


are expensive sunglasses held
together by cheap-o


have been happening.
Here are 23 more from Maggie's garden.
Thank you!

Monday, March 12, 2012


This simple abstract landscape doesn't need anything added.
Acrylic on rag paper.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

ROOSTER will not yield...

are like mocking birds: singing/crowing
to hold their territories.
This behavior does not adhere
to a solar timetable. In Key West they
hold forth day and night
from sidewalks or roosts.
You might loose sleep
remember to put the top up on the convertible.

Here's a play with the color for
Illustration Friday's "YIELD.":

Monday, March 5, 2012

Wind and rain

It had been muggy; we felt something was coming.
Here's the grey wall of wind and rain
coming our way on Sunday.

Friday, March 2, 2012


This little bird has every INTENTION to eat every berry on the branch.
And "intention" is word-o'-the-week on IF's site.

at the
1500 Reynolds Street in Key West.

Champagne Preview begins at 4:30 PM
Bidding commences at 6PM.

The painting is titled "THE BEST."

These best-berries are 23 carat gold.
Our auction inspiration this year is seeds or pods and
a celebration theme:

The square panel is rough brushed with
sand in acrylic, with more acrylic on top.
Here's a close up of some of the pattern work.

This annual event is a good way to meet local artists
and sample the visual and tactile talents that make our island community unique.

A big 'thank you' to all the volunteers who put it together!