Friday, December 9, 2016


An early drawing of a friend. Not a bad likeness but I wasn't happy overall with the result. It was a good attempt for my skills at the time. Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

"Dusk by the River"

Another plein air sketch along the Merrimack river Now I am looking the other way downstream. There were people on the rocks fishing and children running around. It was later in the day  so the sun was starting to set. Note the sunshine on the far shore. Vine charcoal on sketch paper. Thanks for visiting!

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"Railroad Trestle Bridge"

Another sketch along the Merrimack river. This is on the other side of the bridge. This was sketched on site, en plein air. There were people about fishing and such while I sat on the beach and sketched. A very beautiful area. Vine charcoal on sketch paper. Thanks for visiting!

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"Railroad Trestle Bridge II"

What a beautiful area this is along the Merrimack river in Bedford, NH. There is a rocky outcrop that I can sit on and have many views all around. This is a railroad trestle bridge that is still in use. I just recently discovered this area - only a couple miles from my home. Plein air sketch in vine charcoal on sketch paper. Enjoy!

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This is a sketch of a friend. It was quite a lot of work to get everything just right. I am happy with the results. This is charcoal on bristol vellum. Thanks for visiting!


"Greely Park"

A quick sketch in a local park in Nashua, NH. This was done with brown ink on sketch paper. Just more practice. Enjoy!
"Rachel McAdams"

I've always liked the actress Rachel McAdams. She is very beautiful and a great actress. For some reason this was particularly difficult to do. It took me longer than usual but I am happy with the results! Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

"Ashuelot River"

I found this beautiful spot along the Ashuelot river on a small dirt road just off the main roadway. It was very quiet and peaceful and a perfect spot for painting. I wanted a fairly loose look with fresh color. Thanks for visiting!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016


This is the character Fitz (actor Iain De Caestecker) from the TV show 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'. Another in the series that I worked on! Thanks for visiting!

Friday, June 3, 2016


This is a charming piece of three children apparently mesmerized by something in the sand. It's a bright, sunny day at the beach and the curiosity of the children led them to this cameo pose. This was a tough one getting the figures accurate and the values correct. Thanks for visiting!

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

"Winter Light"

I tried to capture the beautiful light in this winter scene. The icy river in the background against the warm colors of the sun made a nice contrast. I liked slapping on the juicy strokes on this one! Thanks for visiting!

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Friday, April 29, 2016

"Old Tree"

I sat in a lawn chair in this nice, quiet neighborhood and sketched this wonderful old tree for a couple of hours one summer day. It was early evening and it was so peaceful. It was quite a challenge but I enjoyed the experience. Thanks for visiting!

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

"Quiet Corner"

I went out late today to do a quick plein air piece on this blustery spring day. I stood in the shadow of a giant pole for shade as I painted. As the sun was setting it got cold, windy, and the pole shadow kept moving so I had to move my easel with it! Frustrating! :) Well, the cold made me hurry up more so this ended up being a 1 hour study. Thanks for visiting!

Monday, April 11, 2016


This is my first commission for a friend who recently contacted me. My adventure in charcoal drawing is leading me down paths I never thought I'd be traveling. This is 'Scrappy', a cute, little terrier who, surprisingly, is 12 1/2 yrs. old! It was somewhat of a challenge drawing a white dog on white paper, but I learned a few things and I worked it out. Will have to try working on different colored papers in the future. Thanks for visiting!


Thursday, March 10, 2016

"Covered Bridge, Hopkinton"

I went out on a short little trip in the country to enjoy the unusually warm weather we had on March 9th here in New Hampshire. What a beautiful day! I saw this covered bridge and decided to do a quick sketch so I set up my lawn chair in a dirt turnaround area and sketched this piece in about 1/2 hour. Just practice. Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


This is the character Jemma (actress Elizabeth Henstridge) from the TV show 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.". Another in the series that I worked on. Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

"Souhegan River"

This is a section of the Souhegan River in Wilton, NH. It winds along the road along Route 31 among other places. I pulled off into a small rest area and walked through a small patch of woods to set up my easel and sketch the scene. I reworked it in the studio and present the finished piece here. I really like the light and the view. It was such a beautiful place. Thanks for visiting!


Sunday, February 28, 2016

"Daisy, Agent of SHIELD"

Another sketch from the TV show 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'. This is the character Daisy (actress Chloe Bennet), who had a former name of Skye. She's also known as Quake as she recently acquired an interesting super power. Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

"Ward, Agent of SHIELD'

This is the character Grant Ward (actor Brett Dalton) from the TV series 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'. This is the next character I chose to render from the TV show. Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

"May, Agent of SHIELD"

This is the character Melinda May (actress Ming-na Wen) from the TV show 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'. This is the third portrait in a series I am doing from characters in the TV show. Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

"Coulson, Agent of SHIELD"

This is the character Phil Coulson (actor Clark Gregg) from the TV show 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'. I took it upon myself to experiment with doing portraits and decided to sketch all the main characters of the show. Thanks for visiting!

Monday, February 15, 2016

"Bobbi, Agent of SHIELD"

This is the character Bobbi Morse (actress Adrianne Palicki) in the TV show 'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD'. I love the show so I got the idea to do a portrait of the main characters. It's quite a challenge! I've got a few more to go before I'm done. This is a nice pic showing a strong light and shadow effect. This is a new area for me - sketching portraits. I will continue to dabble and experiment in this area for now. Thanks for visiting!

Monday, January 25, 2016

"Afternoon Stroll"

This area isn't far from my home and I walk this trail all the time. It runs along the Merrimack River in Bedford NH. It's a beautiful place. There are many views to enjoy along the trail and this is one of them. This was sketched mainly with charcoal pencils and a little graphite too. The two figures give just a hint of human presence in the vast scenery. This kind of scenery reminds me of times gone by. I think I'll be doing more sketches from this area. Thanks for visiting!

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

"O Christmas Tree"

This was a quick sketch I did originally without much background or shading. After about a year I went back to it and created a more finished piece. I used charcoal, sharpie pen, white conte´pencil, kneaded eraser and my fingers! It's an interesting mix of textures, values, mediums, and methods. I hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!

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"Michael 2015"

This is my first self portrait. I have sketched a few other portraits in the recent past though. I think it's a pretty good likeness. It's a new endeavor so I'm in the experimental phase right now. I'm just getting a feel for the mediums too. This is mostly vine charcoal with some compressed charcoal and a lot of kneaded eraser. I may try a self portrait every year for practice and to see how well I improve in my art skills and perhaps how well I age too! Thanks for visiting!

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

"The Matriarch"

A portrait of the matriarch in my family. I put a lot of care into this piece and it seems to have come out very well. I did the whole piece in vine charcoal which is a little lighter and softer than regular charcoal.  Vine charcoal is very forgiving when it comes to erasing and making changes but it smudges very easily so one must be careful throughout the whole drawing process. Thanks for visiting!

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"Shed in the Sun"

A plein air sketch of a nice rural scene in the town of Hollis, NH. It was a beautiful summer day and the area was very quiet. I have driven by this many times and always wanted to do something with the scene. On this day I was in the mood for sketching. I worked it up in the studio to finish things up and correct any areas I wasn't happy with. Thanks for visiting!

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