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Pres. Biden Pardoning the Turkey - Watercolor on paper - Nov 2021 - 11x14

The annual presidential turkey pardoning event offers opportunities for interesting portraiture. I am especially drawn to the contrast between President and regal bird.

Office Street Bel Air - Watercolor on paper - 2021 - 14x11

This is a very scenic Bel Air side street, right across from the Court House. The prominent building in the center is the old First National Bank (now the B&T Bank). I drew the scene on-site, one summer morning, and finished it with light watercolor washes in the studio.

The Golden Years

A painting of an old house along Tollgate Road, Bel Air. I have taken many photographs of this abandoned house, which I used for reference. The large sign advertising a golden-oldie radio station is really there. The house seems a bit melancholy, as it sits out its golden years. Oil on canvas. 24x18

Poppies for Armistice Day - Watercolor on Paper - Nov 2021 - 14x10

For the last several years I have been painting/drawing poppies in remembrance of Armistice (Veterans) Day. This year I tried viewing the poppies from a lower angle at a closer position. I took inspiration from other watercolorists in trying a looser, more vibrant technique.

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About Hal

Harford County

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With my retirement and relocation from Chicago to Maryland, I have time to seriously pursue a life-long interest in art and art history. As I develop/refine my skills in pen/ink, graphite/colored pencil, and oil/watercolor painting, I am creating life studies, portraits, and plein air paintings. My subject matter is wide for now, as I explore my new avocation. I recently  joined the Maryland Portrait Society and the Harford Art Association, and, in the HAA gallery Bel Air, some of my works are on... more

Scenes of Bel Air

Paintings and drawings from the town where I live. Mostly oil on canvas or water color on paper. Many started as plein air and finished in the studio. Others painted from my photographs.

  • Office Street Bel Air - Watercolor on paper - 2021 - 14x11

    This is a very scenic Bel Air side street, right across from the Court House. The prominent building in the center is the old First National Bank (now the B&T Bank). I drew the scene on-site, one summer morning, and finished it with light watercolor washes in the studio.
  • Looking Back at the Front Entrance of the Liriodendron - Watercolor on Paper - 2021 - 12x9

    Painted plein air looking back at the Liriodendron Mansion front driveway entrance. Watercolor on paper.
  • Church Steeple Bel Air - Watercolor and ink on paper - 2021 - 9x12

    Painted the prominent steeple of a church on Main Street, Bel Air. Sketched on sight, then finished (in watercolor and ink) in the studio. This particular scene is very picturesque, and I have painted it frequently (in oil and in watercolor).
  • Bird Houses in Alice's Park - Watercolor on paper - 2021 - 8x8

    A quick plein air study in watercolor of two bird houses nestled in a very small, cute corner park (Alice's Park) in Bel Air. It was a warm late summer morning.
  • The Golden Years

    A painting of an old house along Tollgate Road, Bel Air. I have taken many photographs of this abandoned house, which I used for reference. The large sign advertising a golden-oldie radio station is really there. The house seems a bit melancholy, as it sits out its golden years. Oil on canvas. 24x18
  • Offices on Main Street

    Looking up the sidewalk on Main Street along an office building with a solitary figure in the distance. Oil on canvas. 11x14
  • The Armory

    The Armory Building on Main Street in Bel Air has a dramatic, castle-like presence. I painted it in preparation for the September Quick draw event. Behind the Armory is the Harford Art Association Gallery. Oil on canvas. 11x14
  • Black Eyed Suzie's

    A circular form of Maryland State Flag is painted on the side of the Black Eyed Suzie's restaurant (Main Street, Bel Air). It is visually striking accent to the building, that I wanted to capture in my painting. Oil on canvas. 14x11

Figurative work from live studio sessions

Paintings and drawings from live model sessions, organized by Pam Wilde, at Artist Emporium, Havre de Grace and other places.  

  • Retro Girl - Watercolor on Paper - 2021 - 11x14

    Painted during a live model session at Pam Wilde's studio, and later completed at home. The model came dressed in 1950's styled clothing, jewelry and hairstyle.
  • Dani with Parasol - Watercolor on Paper - 2021 - 11x14

    Created largely during a live model session at the Liriodendron Mansion. The model posed in period costume and sun parasol. The work was completed later in the studio.
  • Juliet Waiting

    Juliet seated in front of a mirror as she prepares for some event. Fully in thought, waiting. Oil on canvas. 24x30
  • What Now?

    The painting was started from a live model at Artist Emporium, Havre de Grace, then finished in the studio. She, a fortune teller, perhaps, is looking for hint at what is coming. What next? What now? I used several complementary color schemes for accent and interest. Oil on canvas. 30x24
  • The Barista - Oil on canvas - 2020 - 18x24

    The model's full-time job is at a coffee shop - thus the painting title. The pose is interesting - holding a staff as a shepherd might. The red drape frames the face and body. Painted during a live model session.
  • Dani in Red - Oil on Canvas - 2020 - 18x24

    Painted during a live model session at the Artists Emporium. The red costume, perhaps, invokes the red riding hood tale.
  • Back on the Range

    Painted during a live model session at Artist Emporium, Havre de Grace. Our model, Hugh, looked as he just came off the range in Marlboro country. I added the background later. Oil on canvas. 20x24
  • Tammy in a Pink

    Painting started in a live model session at Artist Emporium, Havre de Grace, and finished in the studio. Tammy was wearing a wonderfully pink jacket and was looking very serious. I tried to capture her mood and to do justice to the pink jacket. Oil on canvas. 30x36
  • After the Party

    Drawn during a live model session at Artist Emporium, Havre de Grace. The idea was to capture mood after a long party. Drawn with pencil on paper and with colored pencil to add a bit color and accent. 24x18

Faces from the News

I like doing portraits, and recent news events offer plenty interesting faces  to draw or paint. I used print media and internet images as my starting point. 

  • Pres. Biden Pardoning the Turkey - Watercolor on paper - Nov 2021 - 11x14

    The annual presidential turkey pardoning event offers opportunities for interesting portraiture. I am especially drawn to the contrast between President and regal bird.
  • Ted Cruz Senator from Texas - Graphite on paper - 2021 - 11x14

    Ted Cruz is very photogenic, with prominent facial features (eye lashes, a curling mouth, and new facial hair). All this makes him very interesting and challenging to draw.
  • Rudy Giuliani - Graphite on paper - 2021 - 14x11

    Rudy Giuliani as attorney for Donald Trump was constant presence in the news cycle during and after the 2020 election. I tried to capture his dark deep-set eyes and large mouth.
  • Greta Thunberg Climate Activist - Graphite on Paper - 2021 - 11x14

    Greta Thunberg is a well-known climate change activist with a strong youth following. I find her eyes especially compelling.
  • Bernie Sanders at Biden's Inauguration - Graphite on paper - 2021 - 14x11

    Bernie Sanders at the Inauguration in a Covid mask, warm ski coat and patterned wool mittens. His pose and the mittens became famous across social media.
  • John Lewis

    John Lewis, civil rights icon and long time US Congressman, passed away in 2020. This is an image of him in his twenties - already showing his determination and intensity. Graphite on paper. 10x8
  • In Fauci We Trust

    Dr. Anthony Fauci giving a Covid briefing. Dr. Fauci needs no introduction as he was/is a key figure in the nation's fight against the Covid epidemic. Pencil on paper. 14x11
  • Mitch McConnell

    Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, seems always to have this dour expression. It was not easy to capture. Graphite on paper. 8x10
  • William Barr

    Bill Barr, recently the US Attorney General, has a very large face and cheeks that seem to be sinking. Graphite on paper. 14x11
  • John Bolton

    John Bolton, in and out of several administrations and always controversial, is easy recognized by his hair swept to one side, his white mustache, and fiddling with his glasses. Graphite on paper. 14x11

Scenes from greater Harford County

The greater Harford County region offers plenty of scenes to paint, and I am only just getting started in exploring the possibilities. Most of these paintings are the end result of  plein air painting outings with fellow artists. Some were finished on site, but others completed later in the studio.

  • Sunflower at Miller's Farm - Watercolor on paper - 2021 - 9x12

    Painted plein air during my annual visit to Miller's Farm Sunflower Field. Thousands of flowers compete for your attention. This one with the floppy petals was particularly interesting to me.
  • Havre de Grace Lighthouse - Watercolor - 2021 - 8x10

    This view of the iconic lighthouse was painted during the September quick paint plein air event in Havre de Grace. Pictured is the light house along with a festive tent for a cancer awareness event.
  • Backyard View - Watercolor on paper - 2021 - 12x9

    I painted this view of the backyard while looking out of our first-floor window. I tried to capture the afternoon sunlight on the trees and shadows created by the neighbor's fences.
  • Cool Beans in Port Deposit

    On an outing with a plein air group from Lancaster, PA, we converged on Port Deposit, along the Susquehanna River. It was a bright, sunny day in early Autumn. The town center was very quiet and peaceful, and the small coffee shop (Cool Beans) with a few patrons was my focal point. Oil on canvas. 20x16
  • St. Mary's Church

    A side view of St. Mary's Church, Abingdon. It was a very bright and peaceful day. I tried hard to capture the light and shadows on the building, roof, monuments, and lawn. Oil on canvas. 18x24
  • Havre de Grace Railroad Bridge

    The Havre de Grace Railroad Bridge, which spans the Susquehanna River, is over 100 years old and still very actively used. It is a challenge to paint with its complexity of trusses and dark brown and rust colors. In this scene it offers a nice contrast to the houses beneath it. Oil on canvas, 20x16

Self Portraits

I like to do self portraits. It allows me to capture myself over time, in different moods and different poses. Many times I do self portraits just for the practice.

Flowers

Mostly plein-air this year and mostly flowers from around our house and mostly in watercolor.

Jesters

In 2021, I started a series of pictures of jesters. The jesters, loosely patterned after medieval court jesters, are of my own creation, and I used them in various posings and grouping to illustrate themes or ideas.

  • Jesters Balancing While Juggling - Watercolor on paper - 2021 - 12x9

    The two jesters are doing balancing and juggling feats for us. Showing perhaps the many (too many) things we have to balance in our lives. Their stage is a barren land with a road leading off into the far unknown distance.
  • Reaching for the Sun

    Three jesters on balls holding a ball from which a jester is jumping to reach the sun. Impossible maybe. But we still try to reach challenging (perhaps unreachable) goals. And we have help from others.
  • Jesters Waiting for the Way to Open

    The jesters are not playing. They are waiting with some uncertainty/apprehension for the way to clear. It is unclear if the way will again be safe.
  • Our Ancestor - Watercolor on paper - 2021 - 11x9

    The two jesters are looking at long distant ancestor and wondering about their past and journey. The ancestor seems so different - strange and a bit intimidating.
  • Priorities - Watercolor on paper - 2021 - 6x9

    A solo jester balancing and juggling. Balancing all the things we have to do, and keeping all the balls in air. Life is a bit like this sometimes.

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