Friday, September 24, 2010

Sketchbook project and the Man on the Moon

As you may know, we recently had a Super Harvest Moon (full moon at the same time as the first day of Autumn). Unfortunately, it was too cloudy to see the full impact. Anyway, I felt a little detached from the Man on the Moon, not being able to see him up there behind the clouds. Poor guy, must be lonely way up there all by himself. I thought, with my sketchbook theme in mind being make mine a double, wouldn't it be nice if he had some companionship. I'm talking 'bout The Lady on the Moon!
So here you go.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sketchbook and Santos

This is a combo blog! I'm back from San Antonio and had a great time seeing family. I ventured into the garage at my home and found old paintings from many years ago and found it to be inspirational. I think I was better back when!
Anyway, here's the title page for my sketchbook project though the story is unwritten and probably won't be. Also, here is a quick painting I did the other night of a wooden statue of a "Santos" I bought in San Antonio a while back (I was trolling for subject matter).

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sketchbook Project, College and MFA

I just recently received my sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project! Here's the link
You're sent a nice sketchbook and you have till January to fill it using a chosen theme. Mine is "Make mine a  double". Then the sketchbooks tour various cities and finally end up at The Brooklyn Art Library permanently barcoded. Ann Gorbett (wife) and daughter Marissa (daughter) are also participating.

I moved Marissa and Ariana into college this weekend. Ariana is at Northeastern and a stones throw from the MFA. Nice!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

New Painting

I've been painting in oils lately and it makes me want to paint landscapes. So I started this one in the backyard. Grackles were migrating through the yard so I thought it would be nice to include some in the painting. You can see the trees in the background.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Dog sitting in NYC

Ann and I spent a long weekend dog sitting our friend Snooze (a.k.a. Licker). Here's a picture of the little guy. Between our doodies we had time to enjoy the sights and sounds and smells of the city. An inspirational highpoint was the Guggenheim. It's currently having a fascinating exhibition of contemporary photography, video, and performance. The permanent collection is equally nice with the Picassos and impressionists' works.

Here's a link

Monday, June 14, 2010

Plein air

I attended a plein air workshop conducted by Kim Weineck at Gallery 9 in Norwood and it was a lot of fun. It was also another fine learning opportunity and Kim did an excellent job. There were familiar faces there including my wife, Ann Gorbett, the famous palette knife painter. I felt like a real painter out there in the elements and all that. I painted in oils this time and this is the result which I'm happy with (I couldn't find any apples in my search for subject matter). I'd still like to finish it up a little in the studio but thought I'd get it posted while it's still fairly fresh.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Polo and Ann's opening

Our opening last night at Gallery 9 /Custom Art Framing was a fun success. Lots of friends, family (my sister saw me in the live video stream set-up). and art oficionados. This is one of twelve paintings, titled "Sonny and Cher", from the apple series displayed. I'd like to thank  Julie and Kim for putting the show together.The show is through the month of June.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Still more apples

This is the newest painting in my current series of produce (apples). I’m commited to doing them all the same size, 8’ x 10’. The more I have the more interesting it will be when all are hung. You might think it would get boring after a while but each one is a new challenge. In some ways it’s kind of like one big painting. My wife, Ann Gorbett, and I are having a show at Gallery 9 in Norwood in June. See her great paintings at

8” x10” acrylic

Thursday, January 7, 2010

More apples

Yes it’s been a while but I have been busy with the produce painting series. An old posting below of pears was the beginning, as I stated then. I have sold a few and am excited to post the latest one here and to exhibit and sell many more. 8”x10” acrylic, $125