Friday, February 5, 2016

Bond at President

I've been working on this 24x24 oil on canvas Brooklyn painting during the last few days.  It's a view of Bond Street at President.  There's some kind of fabrication shop there.  In the summer they have huge fans working on the sidewalks.  There's a giant manikin on a platform next to the nearest dumpster.  I don't know what it is, but it seems to fit.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Canfield Gallery Exhibition

Today was installation day at the Canfield Gallery in Arlington, VT.  There are forty-four paintings in the exhibition "Mostly Berkshires and Brooklyn: Landscape Paintings by Robert H. Lafond," so it's worth your while to visit if you are in the vicinity of Arlington.  On your way to the Northshire bookstore in Manchester, you can make a short detour in Arlington.  Besides Berkshire landscapes, I've include some seascapes and Brooklyn paintings.  The exhibition dates are February 4 to March 1. The artist's reception is Saturday, February 6 from 3 to 5 pm.  You can learn more about the exhibition at

Monday, February 1, 2016

Not That Simple

Yesterday, I did the underpainting, and today I did the painting.  A few days ago, I did the drawing.  It's so simple.

Include the Windows

This pen, ink and wash drawing I did a few days ago.  I sat down in the corner of the studio with the intention of finding a view that included the windows.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Third Avenue De Kooning

A view of Third Avenue near Douglass in Brooklyn, which I could call a homage to De Kooning, given the graffiti at the upper right, which reminds me of his black and white paintings of the late 1940s.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Studio Rocker

The 20x20 oil on panel, which I painted this afternoon, based upon the earlier drawing of this view of the atelier.

Monday, January 25, 2016


Yesterday in the studio, I decided upon this view, which I sketched out this morning in pen, ink and wash, another square.  I've already started prepping the painting panel.  I wanted to include the overhead tracks and ductwork in the background, or should I say, backair.

Yesterday, I wrote briefly about Robert Hughes, the art critic.  I once encountered him at the Whitney Museum in New York.  I turned the corner, and he was there looking at a painting.  I recognized him immediately.  He in turned glowered at me, as if to say, "Don't say a thing to me".  I just went on casually paying him no more attention.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Late Afternoon

A 12x24 oil on canvas of Fourth Avenue near Degraw in Brooklyn, before the big snow.  It was mild, winter, and late afternoon at the time.

I've been reading Robert Hughes book Nothing If Not Critical, published in 1990.  It's a large collection of his exhibition reviews for Time magazine, mostly from the 80's.  Many of the same exhibitions I was fortunate to visit myself back then.  After 25 years, he seems to be even more spot on in terms of what he had to say.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Square Studio

Here's the painting with the same view as the square drawing.  It's 20x20 oil on panel.  That streak of sunlight only lasts about twenty minutes.  I had most of the painting done yesterday, and was prepared this morning to paint the final stage during that twenty minutes.  I wasn't being facetious earlier when I suggested that painting indoors was like painting plein-air.  You could say that interiors are the landscapes of the mind (maybe I'm being facetious now).

Thursday, January 21, 2016

It's Square

This latest studio ink drawing is the basis for the studio painting I am working on.  It's square because all the panels I have at the moment are square.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Last year at this time I was making a drawing almost each day of a Brooklyn scene.  This year it's the studio.  Here's another.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Studio Oil

A view of the studio with my messy table in the foreground.  This is a 16x20 oil on panel.   Through the recent email update from the painter Randall David Tipton, I learned of the British painter Fred Cuming,  who has done some wonderful studio interiors over the years.  I've previously mentioned the studio interiors of Ken Howard, and I know that Fairfield Porter painted a number of them  There's a long tradition of painting studio interiors.

Monday, January 18, 2016


A studio pen, ink and wash drawing from yesterday in the studio.

Sunday, January 17, 2016


Another painting depicting the corner of Bond and Union in Brooklyn, this time an 18x24 inch oil on canvas.  One can't get tighter than Bond and Union, but I tried to paint it more loosely.  I've painted this street corner several times.  There's so much visually happening there.

You may have noticed that I work in series.  Actually overlapping series.  I continue to do Brooklyn pictures, now overlapping with the studio interiors.  I've moved indoors for the winter.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

As Found

A studio pen, ink and wash drawing that I did a few days ago.  My approach is to treat the space, what's in it, and the light as found.  I'd rather move myself around, then start moving objects around.  Found phenomenon is usually what moves me to draw or paint something, and I'm interested in the particularity of what I see more than some generic idea of it.