The Pope is right above the little white triangle
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Vatican Easter Message 2013

This past Easter  Sunday I attended the Urbi et Orbi (to the city and to the world)  Easter message from the brand new Pope Francis. I'm staying quite close to the Vatican, so I had to go. It was  crowded, apparently a quarter million people,…

A Painter Moves to Rome, Italy

On March 4th, 2013, I landed at Rome's Fiumicino Airport. I admit it was a relatively sudden move for me. I had spent most of 2012 in Maine and then had returned to Chicago and later North Carolina. My restoration work had been slowing down…
End of Day in the Whites, oil on ragboard, 6 x 9 in.

Landscape Painting in the White Mountains

In October of 2012 I did a quick 2-day trip to The White Mountains from my then home base of Portland, Maine. It's only a couple of  hours ride to the White Mountains from Portland, which was one of the reasons I moved there. The Whites…
Bayside Garden, Portland, 8 x 10 in. Oil on Board

More Maine Paintings

Maine MedicalCenter, Portland, 11 x 14 in., Oil on Linen
Portland Corner, 11 x 14 in, oil on canvas

Some Recent Maine Paintings

Near Boothbay Harbor, 5x7in., Oil on Museum Board
Trolley House, Mt. Lebanon, Pa., 8 x 10 in. Oil on Linen
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Mt. Lebanon, PA. Plein Air Paint Out, Oct. 2-6, 2012

I was invited to participate in  the first year of the annual Plein Air  paint out in Mt. Lebanon, Pa.,  a suburb of Pittsburgh. It was a well run event, the brainchild of David and Linda Csont. David had participated in the Easton Plein…

My Lightweight Plein Air Painting Equipment

Thought some people might be interested in the equipment I took with me on my latest Plein Air travel trip to Australia and Bali. 1. I purchased a new super lightweight Manfroto tripod, model MKC3-PO1. 2.I used my trusty (and now 10 year…
Amarsarta Temple, Bali. 7 x 10 in. Oil on Museum Board
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Plein Air Painting in Bali, Indonesia

Right after my trip to Australia, I went to Bali. I chose Bali primarily because it was an inexpensive flight from Perth, where I was at the time (you can see my blog post about Australia here). I had considered New Zealand and SE Asia, but…

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Plein Air Painting in Western Australia

In February and March of this year I went to The South Pacific to work and do a some sketching when time allowed. This was facilitated by Kurt Perschke and his public art RedBall Project, which I helped Kurt put on for the 2012 Perth International…
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Campobello Island Landscape Painting Trip

At the beginning of July, I took a three-day painting trip up to beautiful Campobello Island, just over the border from Maine in New Brunswick, Canada. It is about a four and a half hour ride from Portland, Maine, and your last stop in Maine…