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Cool Beans - Port Deposit

Painting started as a plein air session in Port Deposit's town center in the early Autumn 2020, and finished in the studio. A quiet, sunny day, and social distancing. Oil on canvas 20x16.

Tammy in Pink

Painting started in a live model session, finished in the studio. Tammy was wearing a wonderfully pink jacket. Oil on canvas. 30x36

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. 36x30

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

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About Hal

Harford County

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BA in Studio Art from Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA. With my recent 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 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 Harford Art Association, and, in their gallery, some of my... more

Scenes of Bel Air

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

  • Red, White and Blue on Main Street

    A late afternoon on Main Street, Bel Air, as the sun sets, casting shadows along the street. Oil on canvas. 11x14
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • Trellis at the Liriodendron

    The Liriodendron Mansion, Bel Air, is a very picturesque and popular site for painters. This scene, which highlights the trellis covering the front porch, was started in plein air session with other artists and finished later in the studio. Oil on canvas. 16x20
  • Charm City

    This modern looking building is in contrast in style and color to most of the other buildings along Main Street, Bel Air. I think it has a certain flair. It houses an athletic clothing and shoe store with the name Charm City. (Where I have purchased several pairs of running shoes.) Oil on canvas. 14x11

Figurative work from live studio sessions

Paintings and drawings from live model sessions at Artist Emporium, Havre de Grace. The five displayed here were in a show organized by artist Pam Wilde, titled "Open Studio, Closed World", at the Artist Emporium .

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Faces from the News

I like doing portraits, and 2020 offered plenty interesting faces from the news to draw or paint. I used print media and internet images as my starting point. 

  • 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
  • Thanksgiving Turkey

    Each year the President pardons a turkey. This is one selected (2020) to be saved. Turkeys have such interesting features and color, which make them wonderful creatures to paint. Oil on board. 10x8
  • Bernie Saunders

    Bernie Saunders, the erstwhile presidential candidate, has a very interesting and distinctive face. His eyes - wide and penetrating. His hair - asunder. Graphite on paper. 14x11
  • 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
  • Mitch McConnell

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

    For the grandchildren on Groundhog day, I attempted a drawing of Punxsutawney Phil and his handler. Phil's face was challenging, but I like the way it turned out. Colored pencil on paper. 14x11
  • Hey Joe

    I painted this portrait before the election from newspaper reference pictures of a younger, happy Joe. I'll certainly paint/draw many more of him - and I'm sure the weight of the office will show. Oil on wood panel. 10x8
  • Greta Thunberg

    Greta Thunberg has such inner strength and courage. I tried to capture some of that from reference news photographs. Colored pencil and graphite on paper. 11x14

Scenes from greater Harford County

The 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Sunflowers at Miller's Farm

    An artist friend recommended Miller's Farm as a great place for painting sunflowers. I spent the greater part of a bright, late summer day painting this scene of three large flowers in the field. I added the bee later from a reference photo I took of the scene. 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.

  • Self Portrait with Covid Mask-May 2020

    I did this self portrait in the first months of the Covid epidemic. Mainly to record the event. I do look a little apprehensive, maybe scared even. Oil on canvas. 16x20
  • Self Portrait with Covid Hair Cut - Oct 2020

    Self portrait with my hair longer then typical - because of not cutting during the time of Covid. This painting was done very quickly on a small wood panel. Oil on board. 8x10
  • Tooth Ache

    Self portrait. I had a toothache that required some major dental work. While waiting, I drew myself - it helped only a small bit. Charcoal pencil on paper. 11/14
  • Self portrait, slightly twisted to the side

    Self portrait with my head slightly twisted. I drew this mainly as practice in drawing from a different point of view. Graphite on paper. 9x11
  • Self Portrait with Covid Mask 2

    I drew many pencil self portraits with Covid masks. Mainly to capture the moment - a slice of life in the time of Covid. With the mask, the portrait is certainly different - the eyes become the defining, expressive feature. Graphite on paper. 9x11

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