This little water color was done back in July, as a demo during our workshop.
Being on the Maurice River, whether the river itself, or along it's beautiful banks, is such a wonderful ,
calming experience, at any time of the year. We will soon be slipping into fall.
My dear friend Carol Gillott, of "Paris Breakfasts", asked me the other day if I take my sketchbook with me everywhere I go? I told her I hardly ever leave home without it.
Saturday night Nancy and I were invited to the nearby home of friends for an evening of live music.
After an hour or so of wining and dining, we gathered in the living room to hear our friend Jim Magaziner
doing covers of Beatles songs. Great fun, and he was good.
Not so much fun was the night before, when I was visiting my Dad. Around midnight he insisted
I take him to the nearby hospital's E.R. We were there 'til 5:30 a.m. Although painful, it was not
life threatening. He is once again at home and on the mend. I never know what will end up in my sketchbook.
Last night I took advantage of living only about ten minutes from Philly's wonderful outdoor venue, the Mann Center, in Fairmount Park.
Two music "legends" were performing there; Bob Dylan and Leon Russell.
The place was packed with rockin' fans, and in the beginning of the evening there was enough light from the setting sun for me to do this drawing of Leon Russell.
Not so when Dylan came on. Toward the end of his set I moved to another area, with more light. But the guards kept telling me to move. Finally one of them asked "How long will it take to finish that drawing?"
I said "Ten minutes." He said "Go for it!" I like to think I kinda' caught Dylan's "essence. (?)
Last Wednesday I climbed into "Hymn4Her's"van and we drove up the Jersey turnpike for their gigs in Brooklyn and the Village.
While Lucy and Wayne were unloading and setting up at the "68 Jay St. Bar," I did this drawing looking up the street, towards the Manhattan Bridge.
My job for the next three days and nights was to look after Diver while her parents performed.
Some regulars at the bar, waiting for the show to go on.
Others watching during the performance.
We spent the night at the home of a friend. Her row house is one of hundreds built by Donald Trump's father
back in the 1930s. Very charming and very retro.
I awoke hungry on Thursday morning and found breakfast (?) at a "take-out" around the corner.
I lingered long enough to draw this poignant woman, a "regular."
The next night, in the village, I stayed in the van while Diver slept. Here again, an observed "NY Moment,"
on the sidewalk.
We had to be back in Philly Friday for a live interview/performance in the studios of my old stomping grounds, KYW-TV 3. Even Diver got in the act on the noon show "Talk Philly." Check out the interview here: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/category/talk-philly/
I'm not so sure Diver believed me when I told her Silver-Pop-Pop worked there way back in the '60s and '70s.
Ahhh...to be once again young...and so naive. (A Christmas party, as I recall.)
I did this painting yesterday in Courtroom B in Norristown, PA. The lawyer standing is Samuel Stretton, who represents "The Friends of the Barnes" in our final attempt to convince judge Stanley Ott there is good reason to re-open the case against the planned move to Philadelphia. Stay tuned.
Born in Vineland, NJ, 1938. 1964 graduate, Philadelphia College of Art. Ten years as Illustrator/Designer, KYW-TV-3, & Mike Douglas Show. Painter, Illustrator, Arts Educator, Painting Workshop Instructor. Courtroom artist for all major TV networks. Former Chairman, Illustration Dept., Moore College of Art & Design, Phila. PA. Former Pres., Philadelphia Water Color Society. Married for 43 years to Louise Kates Ternay (deceased) my best friend, agent, & mother of our wonderful, talented sons Will, Pierce, & Mason.