Art for the Moment ~~ and Ongoing Display at Steptoe: STOP NOW

On a whim, I doodled on my iPad in response to an open call for poster art for the upcoming Women’s March on Washington.   One of its themes — “women’s rights are human rights” — reminded me of the good that women can do for everyone, when they act — and react — for the common good.  Here’s what I created.

STOP NOW.  Original iPad painting, 2017.

Though mine wasn’t among the five chosen from more than 5,000 entries, I’m satisfied with it nonetheless.

And I’m even prouder that my former law firm, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, is going to print the image six feet tall for display at the DC office where I practiced law for many years.  Wow.  Thanks go to partner Pantelis Michaelopoulos and his wife Cynthia Quarterman, also a Steptoe alum, who saw my art at last week’s champagne reception and proposed that the firm acquire ‘Stop Now’ for its collection.

Visit Me at Gallery B & Learn Some iPad Art Techniques!

We Seven Palettes are taking turns ‘sitting the gallery’ during our art exhibit this month at Gallery B.  I’m scheduled for more duty on Jan. 21, and 25, from 3pm to 6pm.

If you’d like to explore digital art a bit, grab your iPad and come sit with me for awhile.  I’ll show you some of my favorite techniques!  Here are some of my iPad images, illustrating how varied the results can be — from very detailed representation to impressionistic line drawings and quick notations at the ball park!

C & O Canal in Summer. Original iPad painting, 2014. 1:1 aspect ratio.

Fairy Lilies. Original iPad painting, 2013. 1:1 aspect ratio.

At the Nats! Original iPad painting, 2014. 3:5 aspect ratio.

Here’s how to find & where to park for Gallery B.  If you’re thinking of coming by, let me know in advance so I can alert you to any last minute schedule changes.

Bethesda UP Publicizes Our Exhibit and Next Reception!

Here’s the news blurb Bethesda Urban Partnership circulated today about the Seven Palettes’ ongoing art exhibit in downtown Bethesda.

We’re having another reception for our ‘Local Color‘ show this coming Friday evening, January 13.  We’re featuring art, cookies and hot cider for all comers, 6 pm to 8 pm.  For directions and parking info:  Gallery B (7700 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite E).

Please join us!

We ‘Seven Palettes’ had a great opening reception yesterday!

The day was cold and icy, but that didn’t deter our lively guests from traveling to Gallery B in Bethesda to celebrate the opening of our month-long art exhibit.  Thanks to all of our friends and family who were able to attend.  And for those who couldn’t get there – we missed you!

Each of us made several nice sales of paintings, prints and greeting cards – and received kudos from those who weren’t in a position to buy.  Here’s a glimpse of the festivities.

Another New Painting for Gallery B

Here’s another new painting for the Gallery B show.  Also inspired by the C & O Canal — late afternoon with the sun raking low across the tree tops.

C & O Face-off. Oil on Linen. 8 x 10.

I did a similar scene in gouache a few years ago, when I was first dabbling in that medium.  I love the contrast between the trees in light and shadow and their reflections in the calm canal water.

C & O Autumn. Gouache.





New Exhibit Starting ~~ Gallery B in Downtown Bethesda ~~ January 2017

Some of my painting pals and I (aka ‘the 7 Palettes’) applied awhile back to exhibit our art at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda, MD.  We were honored to be selected for a month-long exhibit at this prestigious location during January 2017.  Gallery B is a project of the Bethesda Urban Partnership, a local non-profit organization charged by Montgomery County, MD with promoting Bethesda.  It gives special support to the arts in our area.

Under the theme of ‘Local Color’, we will showcase our art reflecting the lovely scenes and vistas of the Greater Washington area.  Here’s one of my recent paintings of the C & O Canal that will be displayed during this exhibit.

canal and trees

C & O Spotlight. Oil on Linen. 11 x 14.

Gallery B is located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, #E, Bethesda, MD 20814.  Gallery hours are 12:00 – 6:00 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.  There will be a public reception during the Bethesda ‘Art Walk’,  January 13th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  Please join us!






More Good News ~ My Painting Selected for Annual Friends of the Yellow Barn Exhibit

I learned yesterday that my entry was juried into the annual Friends of the Yellow Barn exhibit at Glen Echo Park.  The show opens today and runs through December 18.  The public reception begins at 4 pm this afternoon, with awards announced by juror, Kristi-Anne Caisse, Assistant Director for the Katzen Museum at American University, at 5 pm.   Y’all come if you’re in the area!  Original paintings make great holiday gifts!

Here’s my painting, based on the spectacular old growth Sitka spruces we saw out in Oregon awhile back.

Sitka Spruce, Oregon.

Reach for the Sky. Oil on Linen Panel. 8 x 10 in.