Category Archives: Contemporary Paintings

Two new studies

“Study No. 1 With Paint Labeled Caucasian Flesh Tone” oil on Canvas, 12″x16″

“Study No. 2 With Paint Labeled Caucasian Flesh Tone” oil on Canvas, 12″x16″

This post is about paint colors. Specifically, the paint color that I used in the midtones and highlights in the two portraits above. If you don’t care about pigments, then you should stop reading and look at the (hopefully) pretty paintings above. If you are a pigment junky like myself, then you should keep reading. note: I included the pigment abbreviations in parenthesis after each paint that I mention.

A few months ago, I decided to add a new Gamblin color to my pallet; Caucasian Flesh Tone (PW6, PY43, PR108). I had previously integrated a lovely pink called Blush (PW6, PR101) and I thought it was time to try out some more mixed tubes. Maybe I can improve my flesh tone consistency between sittings?

Plus I’ve had great results with Gamblin, I feel like their paint making division gets me and my aversion to safflower oil. Buttery texture is low on your priorities when your paintings take between 5 to 25 sessions in the studio.

So I put some on my pallet. The biggest surprise for me was how yellow it was. I was painting a very pale woman and a somewhat tanned man, “well I guess this will work on the guy.”

I ended up using a very tiny amount on the woman. I found that Caucasian Flesh Tone only seemed to work on flesh that was tan.

It got me thinking, I painted ladies of Korean and Indian descent before and found it difficult to keep their skin mid tones and highlights consistent. Not difficult. Time consuming. This paint looks like a match for them.

I painted 12″x16″ busts of these two ladies and found that this tube does it for the mid tones and highlights. I used Mars Black (PBk 11), Burnt Umber (PBr7), and Burnt Sienna (PR 102) for the shadows and Flake White Replacement (PW6) for glare.

In conclusion, Caucasian Flesh Tone is another great paint… I would rename it something like “Melanin Mid Tone and Highlight”. Never mind, that’s a terrible name. “Non-Caucasian Flesh Tone”? “Tan skin”? Okay, I have no idea what to call it.

Disclaimer: I do not work for or get any money from Gamblin. This post is devoid of advertisement or commercial underpinnings.

Big & Small Show

The National Art League has presented a merit award for “The Swing Out”, which is currently on display on their gallery floor as a part of the Big & Small art show which runs through March 4th.

The Swing Out

Barnes Gallery 2017

Ginger Study


“Ginger Study” is included in the Barnes Gallery 2017 Special Exhibition. This group show runs from January 10th through February 25. There will be a reception on Saturday February 4th from 5:30 to 7:30pm. The Barnes Gallery is located at 2 Nassau Boulevard, Garden City South, NY 11530. For more information, click on the link below:

Barnes Gallery Shows

Gallery Night at Brooklyn Swings


On Friday January 13th from 7pm-10pm, I will have several paintings on display at Pizza and Gallery Night put on by Brooklyn Swings. Five swing dance related oil paintings will be featured. Also, there will be dancing and a live jazz band. All ages are welcome to attend.

The event will be held at 231 Ainslie Street in Brooklyn, NY. Go upstairs and enter the double doors under the church awning (Subway riders take the L train to the Graham Ave stop).

November-December Show

The Lindy Hop Party med res

The Lindy Hop Party, Oil on Linen, 24″x36″ (2016)

The first oil painting in a new series that I’m working on will be on display at The National Art League through December 3rd. The National Art League is located in Douglaston, New York.

This series will show contemporary portrayals of people in partner dance. “The Lindy Hop Party” is a 24″x”36″ oil on linen painting of seven people participating in a social dance.

Honorable Mention from The Greenpoint Gallery

Last month, judges for The Greenpoint Gallery of Brooklyn, New York began reviewing work from over a hundred different artists from across America for the 2016 National Competition. I am very pleased that they decided to give me an honorable mention for several paintings submitted from the Ladies in Black series.

Art Show in October

The Gateway Art Center will be showing the oil paintings “Waiting For Coffee” and “Waiting in a Cold Apartment” From October 18th through the 31st. There will be a reception on October 20th from 4-7PM. All are welcome to attend. 

The GAC is located at 4 W43rd street in Manhattan. See their website for more gallery hours.

Article in The Mariner


Take a look at the latest copy of The Mariner on Page 24 and 25. You’ll find Bridget Bendo’s interview with Seth Harris. Thanks to her and her team for including us in their magazine.

Art Guild New Jersey show

I would like to extend a very fond farewell to theĀ 1670 Irving Street home of Arts Guild New Jersey in Rahway. It has helped this great organization serve the art community for over a decade. The Guild will continue to live as an online entity for now, as it plans to relocate to a new location.

I would also like to thank AGNJ for including my painting “Going Out”, in the 2016-17 NEXUS show which opens on September 11 2016.

New Work – Summer 2016

The First Chapter

“The First Chapter”, Oil on Canvas, 24″ x 36″

Some Quick Lo Mein

“Some Quick Lo Mein”, Oil on Canvas, 24″ x 36″

Not Enough Leads

“Not Enough Leads”, Oil on Canvas, 24″ x 36″