Saturday, November 10, 2012

Pastel Nude Study in Philly

Pastel.  19x25.  Drawn at a three hour sketch session at Studio Incamminati.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

"Portrait of Marie".  Pastel on Canson Mi-Tientes Paper 25x19 in.  Drawn at Studio Incamminati Open Studio Session.  This was drawn very rapidly in less than 3 hours.

Pastel Nude in Stages

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Recent Sketches in My Moleskine

Two figures which I observed.  They were involved in conversation.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Pastel Nude

"Pastel Nude". 24x18 on Canson

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Model "At Rest"

"At Rest" Charcoal and Pastel. 25x19

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Portrait Sketches

Three portrait sketches drawn from life in pastels.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

At Rittenhouse Square

Sketches of the sculpture at Rittenhouse Square.

"He Loved to Draw"

Carbon Pencil on parchment. 14x11.  I read somewhere that Degas requested this simple epitaph for his tombstone.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Cabon Pencil and Conte

A portrait sketch using carbon pencil and sanguine Conte.  This was drawn in about 30 minutes.  The size is 14x11.

Sunday, May 27, 2012


"Back View".Pastel 25x19.  This study was executed with a combination of Nupastels, Rembrandts, and Grumbacher pastels. I  sometimes employ Senneleir and Schmicke pastels (which are very soft ). 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Homeless in Philadelphia

I sketched this in Philadelphia.  A homeless man who could be a model in a Renaissance painting. I stopped drawing when I reached what I thought was just enough.  It is drawn with charcoal and Conte pencil on 14x11 inch parchment paper.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Life Drawing

"Alena".  20x16.  Charcoal and Conte on Canson Mi-tientes Paper.
This was drawn from life in Philadelphia.  It was a 3 hour pose but I accomplished my goal in less time. (About 2 hours.)
Knowing when to stop is important to me.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Night Shade Nude

Drawn from Life, charcoal and carbon pencil on Strathmore Paper.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Winter and Summer Self-Portraits

Two self-portraits in pastel.  These were drawn when I lived in New York.  Both are 25x19 inches on Canson Mi-tientes paper.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Recent Sketches in the Moleskine


These were sketched while I was waiting for the train in Philadelphia.  They noticed me starting the drawing and actually sat still when I was sketching them.  I wish that I had my digital camera with me to compare the sketch to their photo likeness.

I will be sketching randomly at Rittenhouse Square and at Penn's Landing throughout this summer.

Thursday, May 10, 2012


"Meditation", 20x16 in. cabon pencil and charcoal.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Small Pencil Portraits

I found myself without my sketchbook.  (I can't believe it!)  So I had to draw on post-it note sheets. These are 2x3 inches.  Afterwards I simply posted them in my sketchbook.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A Pastel Portrait Sketch

This is a sketch of Ixchel. It was done in about 20 minutes with Nupastels and charcoal.  The size is 20x16.

Monday, April 30, 2012

A Small Pencil Portrait

"Waiting"  Pencil 7x5 inches.  I drew this at the Market East Train Station in Philadelphia.  I had the time to take it more to a drawing level.  I have found that sketching people in the train station, where people are in anticipation or deep thought about where they are, or where they were, or where they are going is always interesting.

Live Drawing at Your Event

I am available for LIVE DRAWING SESSIONS at your event this summer (June-Sept. 2012).
I can sketch quick portraits of your guests on fine paper in charcoal and pastel.  Contact me at for rates in the Philadelphia, Poconos, New Jersey, and Delaware areas.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Just a Passenger

Myself in motion. This was sketched on my way into Philly.
Train windows are not the cleanest and a wobbly ride is always a challenge.  This was sketched with Ebony Pencil in my 14x11 in Sketch Book.  Comparing life to a train ride is a cliche'.  So forgive me for using it.  But isn't it basically true?

As Neil Young wrote:
I've been to cities,
I've been to countries,
I've left a lover
  in many towns.
I don't care if
if I ever get back to
Where I'd already
    been around.

On The Train Sketching

Most of my drawing of random sketch portraits happens on the train into and out of Philadelphia. Working fast in motion is a fascinating experience.  I will use whatever means of observation is useful such a a "sniper sketch" or a reflection.

"Self-Portrait on th R5 to Philadelphia"
14x11 in. Graphite Pencil

A Quick Oil Sketch

This quick oil sketch was done within 30 minutes. It is 20x16 inches on stretched canvas.  I am interested in all media.  Each has its advantages and disadvantages.  But observational drawing is the key of my artwork.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Color Study in Pastel

This color study was done at Studio Incamminati's Open Studio, which I regularly attend in Philadelphia. I use Nupastels, Rembrandts, and Grumbacher Pastels on Canson Mi-tientes paper.  It is about 10 x 10 inches.

A Sketch from Montreal

This is a rapid charcoal sketched in Montreal when I was teaching in that area some time ago.  It was drawn with vine charcoal.  Unfortunately, it was drawn on newsprint and the original no longer exists.

Charcoal Studies from Studio Incamminati

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Monday, January 2, 2012

Live Drawing in the Philadelphia Area

LIVE Portrait Drawing and Sketching Services are available in the Philadelphia Area. Drawings can be from 20 min. or as long as 2 to 3 hours (depending on size and complexity). Contact the artist for more information.