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Happy New Year Year 2017!

Happy Holidays!

"Moody Watercolors"

Autumn Colors in Watercolor Workshop

Watercolor Seascapes Workshop at Sandy Hook Beach, NJ

Welcome Back! Looking Forward to Seeing You in My Class or on a Workshop

A Week of Drawing Fun for Young Artists

"Painting in the Open Air" 2016

Looking Forward to Watercoloring with You in 2016!

October Plein Air Workshops

Week-Long Drawing Class for Young Artists

"Summer Watercolors"

Painting Summer Greens & Trees in Watercolor Workshop

Spring Plein Air Watercolor Workshops

Lake Champlain Watercolor Workshop (in partnership with Shelburne Craft School)

Season Greetings!

The Ogden Minton Pleissner Gallery

Watercolor Workshop at the East Hampton Art Association

It's the Perfect Time for an Autumn Colors Watercolor Workshop!

"Plein Air Watercolors" at the Ridgewood Art Institute

My Classes at the Ridgewood Art Institute will Resume on September 3rd & 4th

Join me on a Watercolor Workshop in Central Park, NYC & Shelburne Farms, VT

Weeklong Drawing Summer Session for Young People

Painting Summer Greens & Trees Watercolor Workshop at Ringwood Manor

"Peaceful Places"

Happy Birthday Anders Zorn!

Watercolor Trivia

Wishing You a Wonderful Holiday Season!

"Wintry Mix"

"Ivory" Black Friday for the Art Lover

The NJWCS Silver Medal of Honor

"Not So Plain": Plein Air Painting

Watercolor Painting Trips, Summer 2013

John Singer Sargent Watercolors

Join Me for a Watercolor Demonstration at the Salmagundi Club In New York City on April 16th

Happy New Year!

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Art Lover

The Sol App and the Golden Hour

Can Art Promote Healing?

Come Join Me on a Watercolor Workshop

The Complete Painter's Handbook

American Watercolor Society Membership

Watercolor Palettes

Real Men Use Magic Eraser

91st Annual Exhibition of the National Watercolor Society and Traveling Exhibit

Exhibitions to Check Out!

Watercolors of Acadia

Cold Hands, Warm Palette

Watercolor Reflections & Resolutions

Holiday Greetings!

Ten Great Movies about Art & Artists

Isabellas Free….Forever!


John Singer Sargent's Watercolor "A Tent in the Rockies"

Isabellas Free….Forever!

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011


"Has the music room dissolved, this morning, in the sunshine? I felt last night as though I were in a Hans Anderson Fairy Tale, ready to go on a flying carpet at any moment," T.R. Sullivan, Jan. 10, 1902. (As quoted in www.gardnermuseum.org).

This past spring, we took a trip to Boston to celebrate my wife’s birthday. We did tourist things and took in all the sights. We walked along the Freedom Trail, had a guided tour of the USS Constitution and enjoyed a raucous recreation of the Boston Massacre. But, perhaps the best part of the weekend was our visit to the Isabella Gardner Museum, and because it was my wife's birthday, as is the policy of the museum, she got in for free!

Isabella Stewart Gardner was a remarkable patron of the arts. Her generous philanthropy, which protected the rights of children and animals, was far ahead of its time, as was her interdisciplinary vision. Her travel albums and correspondence speak to a vibrant and courageous life. Born in New York City in 1840, she was the daughter of David Stewart who made his fortune in the Irish linen trade. She collected art, traveled the world and was an avid Boston Red Sox fan. She built her museum on The Fenway in Boston, in the style of a 15th Century Venetian palace - complete with an indoor garden courtyard. She filled the building with light, watercolors, oils, pastels, manuscripts, furniture and all sorts of objects from her travels. Although the collection takes up three floors, it doesn’t overwhelm. You walk away inspired, not exhausted.

The crown jewel of the collection is “El Jaleo” a large oil by John Singer Sargent, in which light fractures, as in the intensity of the lived moment. I especially enjoyed the watercolors of Sargent, Anders Zorn, J. M. W. Turner and John La Farge. Seeing these works in person and experiencing her garden courtyard were the main reasons for our visit and nothing disappointed.

In 1990, several works of art were stolen including three Rembrandts and a Vermeer. Gardner willed that if any art should ever be stolen, it would never be replaced. Today, vacant spaces on the walls can be seen where the paintings were once displayed. You can watch a documentary about the caper on YouTube.

I highly recommend experiencing this museum and seeing her collection of watercolors the next time you are in Boston. They have a great website www.gardnermuseum.org which will help you plan a visit. Oh, I almost forget, if your name is Isabella you get in free…forever!