Paintings and Drawings

Now and then, I dabble in drawing and painting.  I’m neither prolific nor accomplished at either art, but their practice is almost meditative for me.  Drawing and painting — especially painting — seem to be “centering” experiences.  Below is a selection of my work, or as I like to think of them, “my full frontal assaults on the noble science of aesthetics”.  I’ve been drawing for a while, but I first took up acrylics in 2012.

Young woman, mixed media, paper (circa 2000)
Young Prostitute. Mixed media, paper (circa 2000)
The Spanish Woman. Graphite on paper (circa 2000)
Lovers. Graphite and charcoal on paper (circa 2000)
Young Woman on a Rail. Graphite on paper (circa 2000)
Harriet. Acrylic on canvas (2013)
Don. Acrylic on canvas (2014)
Father and Son. Acrylic on canvas (2014)
Brett in a Blue Hat I. Acrylic on Canvas (2015)
Brett in a Blue Hat II. Acrylic on Canvas (2015)
“M”. Acrylic on Canvas (2015)
Afternoon Light. Acrylic on Canvas (2015)
Hands. Acrylic on canvas (2015)
Dr. Cohen. Acrylic on canvas (2016)
Breezy Day Sized
Breezy Day. Acrylic on canvas (2018)
Harriet II
Harriet II. Acrylic on canvas (2019)
The Dancer Winter 2019 350x703
The Dancer. Acrylic on canvas (2019)


26 thoughts on “Paintings and Drawings”

  1. These are very good Paul. All of them have that touch of sensitivity and are quite unique in their own way. I was particularly drawn to the Father and Son but really each of them has something rather quirky and special.

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  2. Hi, I dropped in briefly, curious to see your artwork having spotted your link to this page while browsing Mathias’ site. In your opening statement you suggest that you’re not accomplished in either painting or drawing but I’m compelled to strongly disagree – the work you show here appear to demonstrate a high level of accomplishment. I especially loved the painting Hands, closely followed by the drawing ‘Spanish Woman’. ‘The Father and Son’ painting is wonderful in so many ways. They’re all have admirable qualities – ‘Harriet’ has something about her that’s quite mystifying, I can’t quite think of how to describe it, almost haunting. The only one I wasn’t so keen on is the drawing of the young girl but not because it’s not a good drawing but for a certain tension or conflict I felt when I first glimpsed it. Another time I might experience it differently. I love the realism you achieve in your paintings, your use of colour and composition etc It was a really enjoyable visit – albeit briefly this time round, but I’ll look forward to revisiting and browsing your other posts another time.

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  3. Hi Colette! It means a lot to me that you’ve taken the time to offer me detailed feedback on my paintings and drawings! Also I love it that you like “Spanish Woman”. That’s one of my favorites!


    1. Thank you so much, David! It means so much to me that you do, and that you have dropped by. Given how relatively close you live, maybe someday you can get out here so I’ll be able to take some pics of you from which to paint your portrait — although I know I risk alarming you by suggesting that.


  4. It is a misnoma to call these full frontal assaults. You are a talented artist. Looking at each of these gives me a sense of the essence of the person you have captured into a moment. I particularly like the simplicity of Lovers.


  5. Wonderful work, Paul. I especially love “Hands”, “Young Woman on a Rail”, “Young Prostitute”, and “Father and Son”. Young Prostitute is a wonderful drawing — really conveys a sense of sorrow, vulnerability and perhaps shame, too. Hands is wonderfully mystical and dynamic. That would be the one I’d pick for a profile picture as well.Thanks for sharing! Hope to see some more of your work in the future…

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  6. I find acrylic difficult to work with as it can have a lifeless appearance. Well, you proved that in the right hands (and heart and mind) it is bursting with life. You excelled in the portraits of Dr. Cohen, Don, and Hands. The line drawing of Spanish woman is lovely because you didn’t overwork it. Those negative spaces add much to the delicate quality of her face.

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    1. Thank you so much for the compliments! Come from an artist and art teacher, they are not only morale boosting, but instructive. The Spanish Woman is a friend of mine back in the day when she had a vision for herself, but had not yet rounded it out. At least that’s how I saw her at the time. Hence, the use of negative spaces. It is my favorite drawing.

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