This is the first time our art center held a plein air paint out and auction in Beacon, NY. I created a painting of an interesting house I'd been noticing for some time. While I was taking some photos for lighting reference, the owner of the house came out and we talked. He told me of the structure's history, it's the third oldest house in Beacon, and of his family's connection to the house. All of the information only made me want to paint it more and the result was just what I wanted. He attended the auction and was the winning bidder for the work. I'm glad that he and his wife will enjoy the painting as much as I enjoyed painting it.
So, here are a couple of quick sketches I created on the iPad using "Adobe Ideas" from the app store and a "Pogo" sketch stylus. As you can see it's very similar to using markers to sketch with. I've played around with the transparency and layers to suit my needs I'm posting these because so many people have questions about what the art looks like on the iPad and these examples are at a very simple level. I'll continue to explore and post new digital sketches as time permits. meanwhile I'm back to working on illustration deadlines and preparing for some plein air painting.
I was an artist as a child and am still creating art.
As a boy I drew pictures while studying the works of comic book artists and Michelangelo. With no art classes in elementary thru high school, I was left on my own to discover the how and why of art. It was Burne Hogarth who wrote a letter of recommendation for me to get into the School Of Visual Arts in NYC. I learned how to say what I wanted to say in a painting and make it an illustration, a unique craft of thinking, drawing and communicating. I began getting freelance illustration work before I graduated. Work grew steadily and after a few years I began illustrating children's books. With more that seventy books to my credit, I was the recipient of the 2012 Rip Van Winkle Award for my contribution to children's literature.
I developed my own vision in my fine art paintings. I painted the places and things I knew best. My work was soon accepted into juried exhibitions at the North East Watercolor Society and The American Artists Professional League. I was a board member for Barrett Art Center and am an adjunct lecturer in the Studio Art Department of Marist College.