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This is where I share thoughts and musings about new paintings, work from sketchbooks, and other things related.

The Sparrow’s Song

The Sparrow’s Song

In Greek Mythology, the sparrow is  a sacred bird to Aphrodite and symbolizes true love and a spiritual connection.  For the past couple of years now I have found myself traveling down a spiritual path,  seeking and finding such a connection. This all started as  the...

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El Mercat de les Flors (The Flower Market), Barcelona

El Mercat de les Flors (The Flower Market), Barcelona

The Mercat de les Flors is a municipal theater in Barcelona, Spain. It was opened in 1983 in the former Palace of Agriculture, which was constructed on the occasion of the International Exhibition of 1929 in Montjuic and which later housed the central flower market....

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“La Violetera (The Violet Seller), Barcelona” A Sketch

“La Violetera (The Violet Seller), Barcelona” A Sketch

Yesterday I was downtown and had some time after an appointment, so I decided to do a little work in my sketchbook. The plan was to wander for a bit and draw whatever caught my eye. Anything,  or nothing would be fine too, it was a sunny day and nice just to be...

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Painting Spring, A Monastery and Blossoming Almond Trees

Painting Spring, A Monastery and Blossoming Almond Trees

Sant Jeroni de la Murtra is an old Gothic monastery located in the Valle de Belén (The Valley of Bethlehem), near the city of Badalona, not far from Barcelona. This is a very  inspiring location in which to paint and draw, go walking, or have a picnic. The surrounding...

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Painting an Old Church, Sant Pau del Camp, Barcelona

Painting an Old Church, Sant Pau del Camp, Barcelona

Passing by Sant Pau del Camp (Saint Paul of the Fields) a couple weeks ago, I paused for a moment to make a sketch of it. This painting is based on that sketch. Sant Pau de Camp is a church and former Benedictine monastery located in the Raval district of Barcelona....

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A Good Place to Start From, Barcelona, 2017

A Good Place to Start From, Barcelona, 2017

This is my first painting of 2017 and the the first in a new body of work. Through the forthcoming paintings, drawings and woodcuts, I intend to chronicle some of the people, places and things which I encounter along the way during this year in and around Barcelona,...

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The True Light

The True Light

“I said: What about my eyes? He said: Keep them on the road. I said: What about my passion. He said: Keep it burning. I said: What about my heart? He said: Tell me what you hold inside it. I said: Pain and sorrow. He said: Stay with it. The wound is the place where...

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Farewell, Summer

Farewell, Summer

I started this painting towards the end of August. It's a vision of summer which is partly based on my experience here in Spain and partly on reverie. It's a daydream, a mythical ideal of the Mediterranean which I sometimes escape into and find refuge and inspiration...

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My Painting Table in Barcelona

My Painting Table in Barcelona

I read somewhere that the ancient Japanese painters would bury their brushes as part of a formal ritual after they had exhausted them. This level of deep respect for the tools and instruments which have dutifully served us in our craft or trade and become a part of...

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I am an American painter who lives in Barcelona, Spain.

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