Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Sketchbook Number Sixty Since 1974...and counting.

If you look through my sketchbooks you'd think I only hang out in bars.

 Which is only partially true.

 Here are some sketches from my current book.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Art Spirit and Mother Nature Madly At Work.

Give yourself a holiday treat by visiting the wonderful blog of my Canadian friend, Kim Rempel.
Kim is an amazingly talented and versatile and prolific artist. I am honored to have been her guest last week in a lengthy interview posted on her blog. You'll find Kim and her art at

 It's Saturday night and Philly is getting its third snowstorm in the past week.
The flakes are the big cottony kind that cling to every branch, and makes one
think of sleigh bells and Santa and hot cider and all things warming and good for the soul.

My morning walk of two and a half miles (at a good pace) takes me past some of the
most beautiful and stately homes on Philly's "Main Line." At least the ones you can see from the street.
Here is the infamous original "Barnes Foundation", glowing in the morning light, now empty of its art.

Just down the street is this elegant beauty. The owners are obviously proud of their home because the
facade is usually illuminated at night.

I actually had started to do a painting of this house many years ago, when previous owners had it.
But I decided to do a night scene, after seeing it at night. I must admit to you that in all the years I've lived in this neighborhood, I've never seen the moon in this part of the sky. I decided the picture was crying out to have the moon hovering above the mansion.
 Thank goodness I recently renewed my Artistic License.
Here is the link to my friend Kim's blog:

Friday, December 6, 2013

Bill's Blog Is Once Again Up and Running.

Does life sometime get in the way, or do we just get in our own way?
Obviously my adventures as an artist in Philly have been ongoing for
the past year and a half, and it is now time to play catch-up.
The following are just a few of my creations during my hiatus.
In early spring I started painting once again along the Schuylkill river.
This large oil was done where all the bridges cross, at East Falls.

 At least once a week I still go down to visit my dad and brothers in South Jersey.
And if the weather is good, I end the day set up along the roadside, painting.
Here is a watercolor just as a storm was moving in. I love doing these  farmscapes.

 I'm currently exhibiting twelve 5 X 7"oil still-lifes in the Holiday Show at Harcastles Galleries
in Centerville and Newark, Delaware. Here are two done on my kitchen windowsill.

There's now a waiting list to get into my classes at the Barn Studio, in Millville, N.J. I still have
lunch with my dad and brothers after class. Pop is now One Hundred and One years old, and
his mind is still sharp as a tack, as is his tongue. He finally gave up driving a few moths ago.

Looks like I'm gonna' be around awhile, still having my adventures as an arteest.
It's great to be back. Stay tuned.