This was painted on a very hot, beautiful day at the 79th Street Boat Basin in New York City. Instead of painting the boats on the Hudson River I decided to escape the heat and paint in the park behind the boat basin.
Okay, so what the heck was he thinking about?...You've got me. He was an interesting subject to paint because he had so much expression in his eyes. I also really loved his sweater. He just looked so comfortable in it.
While I was painting this model, a friend's cute little Jack Russell terrier jumped up onto the model stand and decided to camp out. I couldn't resist adding her to the composition. Thankfully, she fell asleep in that position long enough for me to capture her.
This is the very first posting of my blog sight so bear with me. I have been wanting to do this for a while but was a little nervous about jumping in. My intention for this site is to be posting a painting every day...or so...and I didn't know if I could do it. But the only way to find out is to try...so here I am.
I probably should say a little something about myself. As far back as I can remember I have been doing art in some form or another. I eventually went to art school to get a an undergrad and a master's degree in art education. I taught school for about ten years and then stayed at home to raise my daughter. During that time I worked from home as a freelance illustrator, creating designs for the party good's and giftware industry. During the last five years I have gone back to oil painting and am absolutely loving it. I have studied with some great teachers at the Art Student's League in New York like, Joe Peller, Sharon Sprung (she is the featured artist on the cover of April 2008's The Artist Magazine) and Frank Arcuri.
Anyway, at this point I would like to present the first of my painting a day paintings. I hope you like them. (I already goofed...see above this posting.)