Wine Label for Nolita

Wine Label for Nolita

    A few months ago I was commissioned to work on a wine label for the Limited Edition of Nolita, an Italian wine. I was happy to spend my time drawing the bucolic scene of a hillside village in Italy with the cypress trees and terracotta rooftops of the...
LaForge night at the SOI

LaForge night at the SOI

If, like me, you watched Jimmy Fallon last night, you probably saw Madonna being interviewed and perform both stand-up and her new song “Bitch, I’m Madonna”. Great show! She’s been getting a lot flack these past few years, but I thought last night she was laid back and fun. And...
Tattoos at the SOI

Tattoos at the SOI

In the past few weeks, I’ve attended sketch nights at the Society of illustrators in Manhattan, and it’s been a lot of fun. The first night I went the model was beautifully ‘inked’ from head to toe. The graphics were lyrical and layered as when the body moved in big...
The return of the Morgan

The return of the Morgan

I recently went on a trip to Mystic Seaport with Dalvero Academy in preparation for a new Exhibition. I decided to stay an extra day to get some more drawing done and to relax and enjoy the museum. Below are some of the drawings I made during those two days....
My Song is my Friend

My Song is my Friend

My Children’s book My Song is my Friend has been published and is now available for Pre-Order.  It will soon be available on Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Fundraiser: From now through October 31st, all profits will go to “Make-A-Wish” Foundation To read about the book visit www.MySongIsMyFriend.com. September is...
The yards a-cockbill

The yards a-cockbill

The yards a-cockbill! Nautical speak is such a crazy language. But it’s rich with history. Every term, phrase or figure of speech has a meaning, and many times, a funny explanation. While drawing the Morgan in Mystic Seaport, I didn’t ask why, I only asked what it’s called when a...
Iris Garden Class

Iris Garden Class

One of my greatest pleasures is teaching children about drawing and painting. Last weekend I got a few kids to join myself and my son for a day of drawing and painting. It was the first really hot day of the year, not a cloud in the sky. We went...
Made in NJ

Made in NJ

So excited to announce that I will be showing my work at Made in New Jersey, taking place at Gallery 51 in Montclair, NJ. I will be alongside fellow Studio 1482 illustrator Greg Betza, and 8 other  illustrators who all live and work in NJ. The show opens THIS SATURDAY,...
Coincidental Illustration

Coincidental Illustration

Last year I was commissioned to illustrate a jungle scene for the LA swimsuit designer Palmela G.  It was, and still is, being used as the splash page on the company’s website, and looks like this:Since sketches rarely see the light of day after the job is done, I thought...
Collaborative Drawing

Collaborative Drawing

At the New Museum in NYC for the Pawel Althamer’s “Draftmen’s Congress” exhibit with Dalvero Academy yesterday, we had a terrific time! The artist invited people to draw and paint everywhere and anywhere in the gallery space. What fun. Spontaneous drawing at it’s best. Great sense of freedom, it made...
Mast Stepping

Mast Stepping

The other day in Mystic Seaport, there was a ceremony to mark the “stepping” of the foremast of the Morgan. That’s when the mast of a ship is erected onto the ship. The Morgan of course is the last wooden whaling ship in the US, and it has been through...
GIANT demolition

GIANT demolition

Here are a few of the drawings I made at the demo site in the Meadowlands, NJ. The old Giants/Jets Stadium is being torn down slowly but surely. I was surprised to see so few people working on such a big task. Maybe I was there during lunch? That’s what...
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Opposites Attract

Opposites Attract

I recently stumbled onto a way to waste time that I just couldn’t resist. I started to mix art apps and I quickly became addicted. I can’t say it’s fair to call it a waste if time, since experimenting with colors and ways to combine them has always been a welcomed exercise for me. It...
Lady Beetle

Lady Beetle

These illustrations are part of a bigger project about beetles. Here I had fun imagining a hybrid of a woman and beetle. 1 person likes this post. Like Unlike
59th Street Bridge

59th Street Bridge

  This drawing is of the beautiful Ed Koch Bridge. A.k.a- Queensboro Bridge. But it will always be he 59th Street Bridge to me. I grew up in Astoria, Queens, and this bridge always represented the passageway to an adventure. Going across that bridge, to this day, I love it. I once was stuck in...
Japanese Buddhism

Japanese Buddhism

I’ve been studying Japanese and Zen Buddhism on and of for some time. So, yesterday when I took a trip to the American Museum of Natural History, I found myself wanting to visit the Japanese section. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it. What a beautiful spot. I sat down and made a few...
Happy Easter

Happy Easter

  Here are Easter eggs illustrated with the images of orchids- a symbol of fertility.   1 person likes this post. Like Unlike
Dinosaur bones

Dinosaur bones

Here’s a drawing I made while in the main entrance at the Museum of Natural History with Dominick. While he was seeing birds in the bones, I was getting lost and confused in the them. It was fun! I think I have more I can post soon. Sometimes it’s nice to just go and draw...
Spring

Spring

It seems close. Today was a sunny day, but it started out pretty gray. It even snowed in Long Island. Here’s a drawing of the rhododendron in my yard. Not blooming YET. but soon. SOON. Be the first to like. Like Unlike
Snow is not white

Snow is not white

Snow is NOT white. Trust me I’ve seen enough snow this winter to last a lifetime. But amidst all the whining and complaining about the snow, every time I look out the window, or as I walk or drive through town, I am overwhelmed by how beautiful it is. I’ve seen lavendar snow, orange snow,...
foggy adventure

foggy adventure

Yesterday we had so much fog in our area. It was remarkable. We couldn’t see the houses down the street, driving was a scary task and parks became a horror movie director’s dream come true. My family and I took a walk through one of our neighborhood parks to take advantage of this rare sight...
Mystic Town

Mystic Town

Here is a drawing with watercolor of the Morgan, the crane and the town of Mystic behind it. The history of this town is incredible. This scene is after the heavy mast was erected onto the ship, when the crane was dropping cement weights into the hull as ballast. See my previous post for a...
new look

new look

I’ve change the color of my logo and I’ve found a new theme for my blog. Here’s what the new color is. I have to figure out the new settings for this theme because all the images are looking a little blurry. I’m scanning some drawings for a new post. Be back soon. Be the...
i-pad James

i-pad James

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