First Impressions: Tamara

First Impression: Tamara, Oil painting on canvas First impressions.

This one was different in the sense that I showed up for one of the life drawing groups I draw with and the model was a woman I know and dance with! Tamara. She’s wonderful.

These first impression paintings are somewhat about how much information we fill in on our own from an initial meeting, exchange of energy, first impression. Overthinking.

In writing this post, I  found a raw and personal draft about this project from a year ago when these were just forming. I still haven’t gotten to the place where it feels appropriate to share it though. Maybe someday.

Anyway, I’ve been making slow paintings from quick croquis.  I worked from a 30 second gesture drawing here. There are some process shots in the gallery below too. If it’s not done, it’s close.

It was difficult to find a stopping point with this one, I know her and what she looks like. I suppose it’s kind of parallel to the sense of meeting some who has strong and familiar energy pull.

It doesn’t look like her.

Tamara is a fantastically creative woman. See what I’m talking about in her blog.

First Impressions, Tamara. 12×12″ oil on canvas, 2019

Seven fast figure drawings

10 to 20 minute poses with Short-haired Anne

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Second Friday

Art things happening Feb. 8

Anne, Ink on paper, 9x12". 2017
Anne, Ink on paper, 9×12″. 2017

I’m excited about the Second Friday event later this week. It’s at the AC Arts Garage in Atlantic City, NJ from 6 to 8 pm.

Come find me! I’m setting up a table with some works on paper.


AC Arts Garage
2200 Fairmount Avenue,
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Poetically vanishing art dance shirts

Make Art With Dance silk screen

Make Art With Dance tankIn June, I did an art project in Atlantic City and asked a number of people for help.

The idea was to visually capture an element of connection through lead and follow social dancing in paint to create a residual piece of art because dance is so temporary, like an installation. Dance is an installation that only exists in a moment, and the only way to experience it a subsequent time is through memory or another form of art. Continue reading “Poetically vanishing art dance shirts”

Halloween flavored sketches

After a long day of witching
After a long day of witching, Halloween Melody lying on the rrcarts couch

I’m not feeling especially wordy today so here, look at some of the sketches I did a couple weeks ago.

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Life Drawing in Ocean City

Anne, Ink on paper, 9x12". 2017
Anne, Ink on paper, 9×12″. Jodee Clifford, 2017

Life Drawing night at OCAC 

Thursday, November 8th from 5 to 9 PM
Ocean City Art Center at 17th and Simpson
Ocean City, NJ 08226

The model will be short haired Ann. She will have a few short poses and one long pose.

Don’t forget to bring exact change of $15 to pay the model .