Saturday, March 23, 2019



Elderly woman subway rider · oil on paper · 40 x 28 cm



I intentionally left in the penciled notes I made at the bottom when laying out the composition to give an idea of how the painting evolved.

Before applying the paint, I rubbed the surface of the paper with a cut clove of fresh garlic. This is a sizing technique whose purpose is to avoid letting the linseed oil used as a vehicle in oil colors seep into the paper and damaging it. It works! Like a lot of oil painting materials and techniques rubbing paper with garlic was invented centuries ago. It is described in a compendious three-volume 17th century book by Antonio Palomino de Castro y Velasco, El museo pictórico, y escala óptica: práctica de la pintura, en que se trata el modo de de pintar á el olio, temple, y fresco, con la resolución de todas las dudas ... y de la perspectiva común ... If you're interested, you can download from free here: http://www.cervantesvirtual.com/obra/el-museo-pictorico-y-escala-optica--practica-de-la-pintura-en-que-se-trata-el-modo-de-pintar-a-el-olio-temple-y-fresco-con-la-resolucion-de-todas-las-dudas--y-de-la-perspectiva-comun-/ 



Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sleeping Andean subway rider





Oil on Masonite · 55 x 46 cm.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Chinese Subway Rider

Oil on Masonite · 55 x 46 cm
This attractive young woman was dressed for a Chinese New Year's party.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Broken Dustpan · oil on paper



I encountered this abandoned object on a trail winding through a grove of trees in semi-bucolic Perales del Río.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Cadaqués Sunbather · graphite on paper, oil on paper · 32.5 x 23 cm


A drawing made of an unknown sunbather on the beach at Cadaquès (Girona, Spain) became an oil painting in 2016: