Saturday, January 14, 2017


Laphroaig and Glass
10"x8" oil on canvas panel

What to paint in winter? Thinking about Valentine's Day coming up I got out a bottle of brandy and a couple of glasses. Hopefully you'll see that painting in a few days. I thought I should practice first and so grabbed a bottle of my favorite scotch, Laphroaig, and a single glass.

I set up the still life next to a window, with a black backdrop and a white linen napkin as the base. and took a few photos since the light was changing fast. Here are a few process shots.

Value under painting in yellow ochre and ultramarine blue

 Putting in the darks

First pass of color (note the change to a purple background)

Painting the background a different color than what I could see was of course not such a great idea. I  immediately knew that the bottom of the glass was now too dark. So the next morning I went to JoAnne Fabrics and bought a piece of purple fabric to replace the black.

Notice also that the bottle leans a little in the process photos and the ellipse at the top of the glass is crooked and bigger on the bottom then the top. So I had to fix all that. For a discussion of how to get the ellipse correct in this kind of painting, see this great post by my buddy Carol L. Douglas.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Pens, Pens, Pens!

Sketch for "The Chefs", Noodler's ink and Creaper pen

The new year is about to start, and January is a good month for resolutions and for experimentation. If you've read my blog for a while, you know that I love drawing with pens. Pencils and charcoal are fine, but pens are my favorite. For the last few years I've been drawing with what we used to call "felt tip pens", but with permanent ink. My favorite of these is the Tombow, which are very reasonably priced, come in lots of colors, and a set of gray values. I stick to the gray values, and use them for thumbnail drawings and value sketches. Here are a couple of examples.

Gordes, France, sketch 2015

Olive Grove, Bedoin, France 2015

And here are a few of the Tombow pens with another drawing.

The sketch at the top of this post was done with my new Noodler's Creaper Flex fountain pen. I've spent some time over the past few days learning how to get different line widths, hatching, and other pen and ink drawing techniques. This pen (below) is excellent, especially for the $14 price, and available on 

I hope in January you'll see some more experiments from me. I've got some new Dr. Ph. Martin's India inks in lots of colors to try.

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Prints Now Available from Bobbi Heath Fine Art

I'm excited to announce that prints are now available from Bobbi Heath Fine Art. Prints of twenty of my favorite no longer available paintings can be purchased on in multiple sizes printed on paper, optionally matted and framed, or as gallery wrapped canvases (no frames needed). And the small version (8" to 10" on the long side) of each print is less than $20! I just placed an order myself, and it will arrive before Christmas. Is there anyone on your list who'd like one?

Here's the link:

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Beaver Brook Winter

Beaver Brook Winter
8"x10" oil on canvas panel

We had our first snow of the season today. And to prepare for it, I painted this a couple of weeks ago in my class with Robert Abele. A bunch of us were trying out a limited palette of yellow ochre, cadmium red, black, and white. The gray mixtures turn almost blue with this approach. Perhaps this year I'll be able to paint in the snow at Beaver Brook. Looking forward to that, maybe there will even be a little blue sky.

Monday, November 28, 2016

American Cancer Society Holiday Sale

Most of us know someone who has had cancer. Or maybe we've even had it ourselves. I'm in that last group.  I'm often asked to donate paintings to shows that support a cause, and usually I do that, happy to support something that's near and dear to one of my friends. This holiday season I'd like to support a cause that's near and dear to my heart, and that's cancer research. Maybe it's near and dear to you as well.

I've put 90 paintings on my website for a sale to benefit the American Cancer Society and their work in research, education, and care of cancer patients. Shipping within the continental US is free, and 50% of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. Please help me support their work!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Buoy #8

Buoy #8 White and Green
6"x6"oil on Raymar panel

This is the last buoy, at least for a while. I particularly like how the water looks like puddles, which happens when it's relatively calm.

The eight buoys will be part of the holiday show at Yarmouth Frame and Gallery this year. The opening is on Saturday, November 26th from 4-7PM. I'm very pleased that one of the buoys was chosen for the advertisement! Check it out below with the others.

Buoy #4

Buoy #1

Buoy #2

Buoy #3

Buoy #5

Buoy #6

Buoy #7

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Buoy #7

Buoy #7 Pink ad Yellow Flag
6"x6" oil on Raymar panel

Here's another buoy with a flag, pink is apparently a popular color for buoy flags. Sometimes I change the color of the buoys (always risky, because it's easy to miss how the water impacts the various reflections), but this time I loved all the colors the lobsterman choose, and have tried to show you his palette.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Cove Road Mud

Cove Road Mud
5"x7" oil on linen panel

I was back at Cove Road in South Freeport last month, grappling with the mud at low tide. And I had plenty of company, with the clammers out in force. I think what they were doing was harder than what I was doing.

 A clammer, it's hard work! And a long slog back to the grass.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Lobster Buoy 6

 Lobster Buoy 6 Pink and Green
6"x6" oil on Raymar panel

This summer we saw several lobster buoys with a flags on their sticks, which certainly makes them easier to see. I particularly liked this one because of the colors.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


Jedi I
8"x8" oil on Raymar panel

Jedi II
8"x8" oil on Raymar panel 

Above are two versions of a painting I've done as a gift for some friends. The first one is the value under painting with lots of burnt sienna (transparent) and white canvas. In the second version, opaque paint has been used over all. I'd love your opinion on the two, email or comment please! (And try to ignore the higher quality photograph on the first one.)

I'm even further behind on posting, so you'll see a few more over the next week.