Alla Prima (Italian; at first attempt) refers to a painting technique where the artist starts and completes a painting in one session. With oil paint it therefore includes layering wet paint into wet paint, while with pastel painting it simply means starting and completing a painting in one, generally short session....
I love the boldness of Iris flowers and this mixture of various Bearded Irises sprang from my imagination. I look at a couple of individual flower pictures to make sure I am staying consistent with the way the plants present themselves, but the collection of colors and positions comes out of my mind’s eye.
“Dancing Cosmos #2” is one of a series of joyous Cosmos paintings that represent a fantasy of what I was hoping my backyard would look like when I sprinkled about a ½ pound of cosmos seed on my prepared dirt. Unfortunately, that part of the yard doesn’t get enough hours of sunlight per day to allow them to flourish … so they flourished in my imagination!
“Fleur Rouge de Soleil” is a more abstract version of what comes out of my imagination when I just want to depict flowers in the sun. I can imagine this painting in a room with large windows and lots of natural light!
“Maine Morning” is a painting I did almost as a demonstration for a friend who asked me how to paint distant mist. I started to show him the way I would handle the task, and then I went on to finish what had started as a “sketch’ with oil paint, plus the use of Liquin.
“Provence Misty Morning” I have painted in Provence on numerous occasions and this “painting” came to me in my dreams once I returned from one of those trips. It practically painted itself once I got into my studio.
“The Beach Path” One of my brothers has a small “shack” near the beach on the Cape and this little path takes you to the bay where he had his boat. I love the way someone threw a bunch of wildflower seeds at some point over the past few years and they really took hold.
“Blue Chicory & Queen Anne’s Lace” I love painting the wild poppy scenes throughout much of Western Europe, especially in France and Italy, BUT, I am also excited to paint many of the wild flower groupings that we have here in Northeastern U.S. A case in point is this beautiful combination of Blue Chicory (Blue Cornflower) and Queen Anne’s Lace that often times line the highways in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Again, this Abstract Impressionist style painting was completed predominantly with painting sticks (for dripping) and a palette knife, and then some small brush work for the chicory leaves.
“Dance of the Cone Flowers” is one of my “Abstract Impressionist” paintings where I am attempting to capture the feeling I had when I came upon some purple cone flowers in a wildflower field. I think someone must have purposely strewn the seeds there but the tangle of grasses and other flowers seemed quixotic and I loved them.
“Dancing Cosmos #2” is another of a series of joyous Cosmos paintings that represent a fantasy of what I was hoping my backyard would look like when I sprinkled about a ½ pound of cosmos seed on my prepared dirt. Unfortunately, that part of the yard doesn’t get enough hours of sunlight per day to allow them to flourish … so they flourished in my imagination!
“Forest Falls” is more abstract than many of my paintings, coming strictly from my imagination as I think back to seeing a waterfall within the woods on Mount Riga, in Salisbury CT. My sister and brother-in-law have a cabin on Mt. Riga, and our children (and now grandchildren) have enjoyed visiting “the cabin” since they were born.
“Nantucket Blaze” is a second painting that came from my trip to a Collector’s home in Nantucket MA and this painting was completed entirely with tube paint and palette knives. I felt that the palette knife enabled me to carve the grasses out of the thick paint impasto I was applying. Again, the fall colors from the wild blueberry bushes in the dunes were spectacular.
“Poppies Galore” was painted upon my return from a trip to Provence where I saw this field of poppies and where I completed a small pastel painting on location. In this much larger painting I tried to show the depth perception by dripping paint for the closer grasses and smudging the paint with a paper towel to blur the grasses further away....
“Reaching for the Sun” Another of my favorite flowers to plant in my garden, and then later paint, is the whole family of Lilies. The one frustrating thing is that the deer love lilies, but I am still able to take a palette knife to a canvas and approximate their look and feel.
“Tangle of Blue Bachelor Buttons” I have a number of Collectors/Friends who are drawn to paintings with blue flowers and I happen to love painting blue bachelor buttons, blue cornflowers, and wild blue chicory.
“The Milkweed Pod” My wife and I hike fairly often here in Connecticut, and on one hike in late November, I looked down at my feet and told her that the fallen milkweed pod that was burst in the sticks and leaves would make a wonderful painting.
“Bunches of Irises” is from a picture taken of the garden in my son’s next door neighbor’s yard in Tubingen Germany. My wife and I were visiting this past spring and these flowers looked spectacular! I later painted these back in my Connecticut studio from a photograph, and using sticks to drip the paint for stems and grasses, and with a palette knife to carve in the iris blooms.
“Dancing Cosmos #1” is one of several Cosmos related paintings I have completed and I am sure I will paint more in the future. I love the color, style and structure of the cosmos flowers and plants as they make me feel their freedom as they sway with every little breeze. I also love that once they begin flowering in July, they continue with their burst of color throughout the next 2-3 months.
“Dancing Lilies” is an example of my painting simply with tube/oil paint and palette knives, and I love how this tool provides me with an added freedom of expression, as I carve and shape the paint on the canvas.....
“Nantucket Dunes” is the result of a trip I took to Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. I had the very good fortune of having a couple from Connecticut, who have been Collectors of my paintings for 20+ years, offer their beautiful home in Nantucket to me and my wife for free, as a gesture of kindness and friendship....
“Provence Back Light” I took a group of 16 other artists to Provence to paint with me several years back, and we painted in a number of locations that I had painted in the past, This painting grew from a much smaller one done in the field.
“Taunton Lake Black-Eyed Susans” The idea for this painting came about as I was kayaking on the lake that we live on (Taunton Lake.) As I approached the far west end, early one morning, I was struck by this small field of Black-Eyed Susans on the hill over looking the lake. I had my phone with me and took a picture that later became this painting.
“Thru the Wildflower Thicket” I love it when I unexpectedly come across a burst of color that stands out and practically begs to be noticed. This little “burst” was in the woods as I approached a small beach on Cape Cod.
“Apple Blossoms, Alla Prima” This little pastel was completed recently as a painting demonstration for a local art organization. I had painted something similar on a return trip thru upstate New York, when I had been struck by all of the Apple Blossoms I was seeing in early spring, and then when I was called as a last minute replacement for a fellow artist who couldn’t do the planned demonstration, I used this idea for my one and 1/2 hour painting demo.
“Essex Conversation” I have painted numerous times in the Cape Ann area of Massachusetts, north of Boston, with one of my best friends Frank Federico. Each time that we returned from painting in Gloucester, Ipswich or Rockport we would stop at his favorite Seafood restaurant and this was the view as we talked about our recent painting exploits.
“Front Daylight” A few years ago we had one of those Nor’Easters that New England is known for where we got 12 inches of snow in a day. Around midnight everything cleared and the moon came out, so I took a picture and painted that small pastel the next day. As I was working on that painting, I took a break for lunch and saw this same scene at noon – on the day after the storm – and the sun was shining brightly on the new snow. So I painted that scene as well!
“Les Baux de Provence” I completed this small painting on location when visiting several towns in Provence with my buddy Frank Federico. I later came back to this, and to several other painting locations with a group of artists
This little wooden footbridge can be found in the marsh of Agawam Beach in Wareham MA. (just before the Bourne Bridge on Cape Cod) and it is a scene I used for my first video painting lesson. We were there many times to visit my grandmother when my siblings and I were just kids.
“Bay Farm Sunset, Duxbury” My mom passed away recently (at a wonderful age of 95) and a friend asked if I might paint something that people from her home town of Duxbury MA. Might make prints of, in her memory. I painted “Bay Farm Sunset, Duxbury” in her memory as this scene was about a mile from my childhood home.
“Etretat Cliffs” This painting came from a wonderful painting trip I took to the Normandy coast. I stayed at an artist friend’s home in Hautot St. Sulpice, along with 7-8 other artists from various countries (Poland, Spain, Portugal and different parts of France). Dinners were as much fun as the painting because I reveled in sitting at a table of 12-14 artists, speaking 4-5 languages at once. We twice went out to Etretat to paint and this is one of three paintings I completed of that little village.
“Giverny Foot Bridge” I have been to Monet’s Gardens on three different occasions and I have both painted and sketched there, and I have taken pictures to paint from back in my studio. This small painting was actually an hour and ½ painting demonstration for a local Art organization.
“Manhattan Bridge Over Empire State” I was walking with my daughter and future son-in-law (both artists) in Brooklyn where they lived at the time, and I was struck not only by the way the light was hitting these buildings; but when I looked closer I could see the Manhattan Bridge dwarfing the Empire State building. In the years since I painted this I have noticed a number of other artists who have been attracted to the same exact location.
“The White Birch Tree” I was walking with my daughter and her family as we followed my wife and son and I took the picture that was used for this painting inspiration. After completing the painting I realized that it needed some additional light to draw the viewer into the painting, so I added the white birch tree!
A friend from my hometown (Duxbury MA., where I grew up) sent me this picture as a potential inspiration for a painting so I completed this in pastel, as I felt that I could quickly capture the emotion of the wild sunflowers as they might move with a slight breeze.
“Ferris Farm Idyll” Ferris Creamery is I believe the only working dairy still left in Fairfield County CT., and we have the pleasure of living just 2 miles from their delicious ice cream. I have painted on location there many times over the years and this is the scene that I see when I am sitting eating my favorite flavor, “302 Chocolate Moo”. (The dairy is on Route 302 in Newtown, CT.)
“Late Afternoon” I have probably completed 30 or more paintings of this beautiful little Poverty Hollow area just beyond the Newtown/Redding town line and this scene was captured in late afternoon when the shadows were becoming quite long.
“Shephaug River” I was out walking along the Shephaug River in Roxbury CT. just looking for something to grab me and this bend in the river supplied me with just that inspiration. (You can see “Roxbury Barn” in the Sold section of this site and that was another inspiring location from the same day of painting.)