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"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

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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

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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!


"Green Landscapes" by George Inness

Exhibitions to Check Out!

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012


I had a professor in college, who told me that whenever he was in a rut or had a bad case of "painter's block," he'd take a break and go to the movies. The dark theater, large screen and surround-sound provided the perfect escape from his tedious work. The visual experience stimulated his creative energy. 

That was great for his cinematic-style illustrations. But as a landscape painter, when I'm in a rut and need to get the artistic juices flowing, I head over to a museum and let the old masters inspire me.

In the past, "Brushed with Light: American Landscape Watercolors from the Collection," a wonderful exhibition of 80 or so watercolors at the Brooklyn Museum, was particularly inspiring. This show took place in the fall of 2007 and featured the watercolors of William Trost Richards, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam and Edward Hopper, among others. To this day, I reflect on the paintings I enjoyed.

In a busy schedule that involves working full time as a painter and teacher, I don't always get to visit all of the exhibits I read about. However, two have come to my attention that I know I shouldn't miss. (By the way, if you hear of any show you think I might be interested in, please drop me a note, and I'll let everyone know.)

Here are two shows that I'm trying to get to see before they close:
"Masterpieces by Andrew Wyeth from the Collection" at the Brandywine River Museum
U.S. Route 1, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
September 24 – January 29, 2012

I'm always interested in seeing watercolor shows from master watercolorists. So I was thrilled to hear they will be exhibiting several rarely seen works by Andrew Wyeth.

"George Inness: Private Treasures" at the Montclair Art Museum
3 S Mountain Avenue, Montclair NJ, 07042
November 6, 2011 – April 1, 2012 

The Montclair Art Museum is presenting ten oil paintings by the great American landscape painter and Montclair native, George Inness (1825 - 1894). The paintings were borrowed from local private collections from the NY/NJ area.

And of course, I can't wait to visit the expanded galleries of the New American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art which opened on January 16, 2012!