Mural Painting in New York City

Mural studio at Evergreene Architectural Arts in Midtown Manhattan.

This past winter I spent about 10 weeks in NYC working at Evergreen Architectural Arts  Midtown studio. Evergreene is a company that specializes in restoring art in architectural settings. This includes murals, painted decorative schemes, tromp l’oiel decoration, but also plaster, statuary, almost anything you can think off. I’ve been working on and off for them since about 2000.

I wasn’t embalming. This is a plaster cast that was being polychromed in the studio for a New Jersey Church.

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Some Recent Maine Paintings, August 2016

Inlet, 8 x 16. in., oil

Inlet, 8 x 16. in., oil

This work was painted near Sprucehead ,Maine,not far from my house.

Raking, Port Clyde, 9 x 12 in.

Raking, Port Clyde, 9 x 12 in., oil

I was painting a quiet end of day scene in the painting above when suddenly the setting sun sent these raking lights across my composition!

Shore, Port Clyde, Maine, 10 x 11 in. oil.

Shore, Port Clyde, Maine, 10 x 11 in. oil.


Of course, I sell my work. If your interested in purchasing paintings, and supporting my endeavors,  take a look at my online shop here.  If you don’t see a specific painting you liked of mine in the  shop, please inquire, I may just have not put it up.

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Some Recent Maine Paintings, July 2016

Castine by Night, 9 x 12 in.,Oil.

Castine by Night, 9 x 12 in.,Oil. Sold.

Here are some more summer paintings. Several of these were done at the Castine Plein Air Event.

View into Castine Bay, 10 x 11 in. oil.

View into Castine Bay, 10 x 11 in. oil.

Castine Yacht Club Pier, 11 x 10 in., oil.

Castine Yacht Club Pier, 11 x 10 in., oil.

La Donna, Rockland Harbor, 8 x 16 in. oil,

La Donna, Rockland Harbor, 8 x 16 in. oil,


Of course, I sell my work. If your interested in purchasing paintings, and supporting my endeavors,  take a look at my online shop here.  If you don’t see a specific painting you liked of mine in the  shop, please inquire, I may just have not put it up.

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Some Recent Maine Paintings, Early Summer 2016

Light Fog, Rockland, 8 x 16 in.

Light Fog, Rockland, 8 x 16 in.

Here are  four works I painted early this summer around the Midcoast of Maine.

Tenants Harbor Dock, 9 x 12 in., oil

Tenants Harbor Dock, 9 x 12 in., oil

The Purple Dinghy, 10 x 11 in., oil

The Purple Dinghy, 10 x 11 in., oil

Torquoise House, Port Clyde, Maine, 10 x 11 in., oil

Torquoise House, Port Clyde, Maine, 10 x 11 in., oil


Of course, I sell my work. If your interested in purchasing paintings, and supporting my endeavors,  take a look at my online shop here.  If you don’t see a specific painting you liked of mine in the  shop, please inquire, I may just have not put it up.

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Museo Pietro Canonica , Rome

A sculpture in the Museo Pietro Canonica.

A sculpture in the Museo Pietro Canonica.

One new discovery for me on  this trip to Rome was the Museo Pietro Canonica. Pietro Canionica (1869 – 1959) was a celebrated Italian sculptor, painter, and composer. It’s a wonderful small and free museum in the Villa Borghese Park.  A quiet place to sketch from his brilliant sculptures. Continue reading

Nine Weeks of Outdoor Painting in Italy: The Wrap Up

View from In Front of San Miniato, Florence, 9 x 12 in., oil

View from In Front of San Miniato, Florence, 9 x 12 in., oil

I’m back . For almost three months now. I returned May 9th.

I had a terrific time. It was a long trip and it had its up and downs, but it met its goal, which was to get away from my regular life and refocus my attention on painting. And there are few better places to paint then Italy.

I spent the first five weeks in Rome, painting a lot with my friends Marco Carloni and Claudia Manelli. We painted at the typical tourist spots, but they,  as Rome residents, introduced me to some of the more of the beaten track spots. One can’t really recommend a favorite place to paint in Rome. It’s all good! The Aventine Hill stands out in my memory for its variety of views and sights.

My favorite new discovery in Rome this trip was the Museo Pietro Canonica, a wonderful former sculpture studio in the Villa Borghese Park. A great place to draw (and free).

Rome has convenient public transportation and many possibilities for day trips. Next time I visit I hope to see more of the countryside.

Archer, Piazza Dalmazia, Florence, 12 x 9 in., oil

Archer, Piazza Dalmazia, Florence, 12 x 9 in., oil

But…., Rome is noisy and chaotic. After being used to my quiet life in Maine, I found the chaos began to grate on me. So I decided to go to Florence instead for the second half of my trip.

Florence is definitely calmer place, but still a busy tourist city. I borrowed a bike from my Roman friend and artist Kelly Medford, and I was on my way. That made it much easier to get around as I had rented a room a bit on the outskirts of the city.

Plein air painting setup on the Arno River in Florence.

Plein air painting setup on the Arno River in Florence.

Some of the highlights of my Florence stay were  taking a bus to Caldine, where one can get  into the country-side near  Florence in about 45 minutes, the whole area around San Miniato and the San Niccolo neighborhood, and especially interacting with some of the artists connected with the various art ateliers in Florence. Both the Florence Academy of Art and Charles Cecil Studios have life drawing sessions and as a bonus, Cecil Studios has an interesting Thursday night  art lecture.

While I was there I also took a day trip to Arezzo, which is a gorgeous and quiet small city.  I’d love to take a week there to paint sometime.

Old Studio, Florence, Italy, 12 x 9 in. , oil

Old Studio, Florence, Italy, 12 x 9 in. , oil

I always tell people who are surprised that I can afford to go to Italy for over two months, that it can be quite inexpensive. The secret is to stay long enough so you can rent a room by the month that includes  a kitchen. Because unless you stay in the tourist places and economy, Italy is far cheaper to live in then the US.  In Rome I had a connection from an earlier trip, and in Florence I used AIR-BNB.

The three paintings in this post were the last ones I did in Florence. To see more of  the work from this trip, take a look at the two previous posts.


And,  of course, I sell my work. If your interested in purchasing paintings, and supporting my endeavors,  take a look at my online shop here.  If you don’t see a specific painting you saw of mine in my shop, please inquire, I may just have not put it up.

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