Monday, February 2, 2015

Portrait drawings


             It's been a while but I'm still here...two new portrait drawings.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

My painting called shadows will be in this exhibit, then it will be traveling regionally for one year.

This competition exhibition, like each of our annual Metro shows, features small works by artists from the entire metro region. It will open first at CWOW and then travel to venues throughout New Jersey for one year.

Saturday, September 27, 2014


Sorry for the delay in posting, been a bit busy!

Here are a few gesture drawings I've been working on. This type of work is extremely rewarding because most attempts land in the circular file due to the spontaneity required.

Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Oil Paintings

Here are two of my paintings that were sold and displayed in their new homes.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Drawing the Torso-Anatomy

The External Obliques...

Anatomy should never out-shadow creative expression but understanding some of the major aspects of the human form can take one's drawings to a new level. "Form always follows function"

The external obliques are an important part of the torso but are commonly overlooked. This muscle bends the body laterally and more importantly rotates the truck. It's fleshy mass is visible and it's shape can be seen as a bulging form over the pelvis. This drawing illustrates this lateral flank. When tensed the upper portion can be seen as elongated, strap-like bundles found on an oblique angle.

                                 Marker renderings of the torso

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Figure Drawing Workshop

Two Day Figure Drawing from Life

(Two day workshop- August, 9th-10th 2014)
This figure drawing workshop is specifically designed for artists interested in expressing the figure with more confidence. What makes this experience unique is there are two instructors for more individualized attention. Our goal is to help the artists to cultivate the ability to think in mass and to understand the interior planes of the figure, which are the cornerstone of good figure drawing. Each student will be encouraged to explore through gained knowledge to take their art to the next level. This workshop begins with a step by step approach covering the essential principals of visual perception, construction and the application of these concepts. Anatomical information will be introduced to help to make the forms more clear. Both Joel and Jenny will work as a team to focus on the principals needed to create more accurate and expressive drawings. Through demonstrations, lectures and individual guidance each student will benefit from this experience.

Where: The Paterson Art Factory   70 Spruce St Paterson NJ 07501

Enrollment is limited and reservations are made on a first come first reserved basis. A 50% deposit is necessary to reserve a place in this workshop. The balance will be due by July 20th.

Fee: 250.

For more information or or to reserve a space in this workshop please visit my site You can contact me at  Phone 973.941.6453

Thank you.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Simplifying shapes

The following value demo of Edgar Allan Poe was done with dry graphite powder, kneaded eraser and a flat brush. A very simple linear block-in was done first then I started to build mass with the powdered graphite and a large brush. A kneaded eraser was used to pull out the lighted shapes. It helps to see more simply by squinting at your subject in order to observe simplified general shapes.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Gesture Drawing

Five minute poses are a great way to practice seeing the whole. There is no time to get caught up in detail. This type of sketch helps one's skills in observation but there is always something beautiful in expressing the essential gesture.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Figure Drawing

Repose drawing in graphite from a 2 hour life drawing session.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Drawing from life

Hands with fan from life.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Drawing the nude figure

This quick drawing was fun to capture Caitlin's pose. This was under 10 minutes so the importance was to grasp what was essential.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Figure Drawing

Line and wash- Caitlin standing