Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Illustrating a Good Story...

Received the November 2017 issue of Watercolor Artist today, which features my article on Peggi Nero Havets entitled, "Bringing Visual Stories to LIfe. As I highlighted in part of her 8-page spread, Peggi's portraits really do et to the heart of her subjects. Her beautiful painting, "Lumiere" graces the cover.

"The artist encourages painting what you know and love as a way to find new and unique ways to look at your subjects, and discussing her own influences reveals: "I tend to gravitate toward ordinary, hardworking people... These are people who have stories to tell and hardships to overcome It's their stories and fates that fascinate and inspire me."
# Peggi Nero Habets # Watercolor Artist

Friday, September 22, 2017

In the News...

Thrilled that BC the Magazine chose to highlight my artwork in their Winter 2017 issue. An 8-page spread, it features some of my still lifes, florals and landscapes. My thanks, Sharon, Steven and Nayda.

Friday, February 3, 2017

THE ARTIST'S LIFE... Still life in Process

Finding Solace and Inspiration in Cherished Treasures.

A CLEAN SLATE…  Whenever I begin a new painting, I clean shop. For me at least, sweeping away traces of my last oeuvre by cleaning my palette, brushes, tools and work space is tantamount to wiping back a canvas to make room for fertile possibilities and the promise of fresh starts. As T.S.Elliot said, “To make an end is to make a beginning."

Capturing the soul of a vision... I especially enjoy taking simple objects: timeless vintage vases, colorful blooms, all manner of reflective surfaces, nature’s bounty, and giving them human qualities; creating a storyline that people can respond to emotionally, visually, intellectually and/or spiritually. Sometimes a concept springs to life on its own. Like stream of conscious poetry that flows from within fully realized, such serendipity is a welcome blessing. More often, though, themes and compositions need to be coaxed into fruition. That’s when I look to my trusty treasure trove of props, music, favorite writers and artists for inspiration.
Guided by the Light…  With a goal of introducing beautiful imagery through incisive compositions that have the capacity to entice, involve, provoke, inspire, I scour my stash for subjects that speak to me. Arranging objects in ways that draw the viewer in via luminous north light, I choose what best describes my inner vision, take photos for perishable references and, finally, engage the canvas.

Note the comparison of my initial idea and the final set up. In the final, I have strengthened the narrative by pumping up the light stream, adding a small American flag and a Veteran's poppy and pin.

Building Blocks…  Underpainting Sketch: First Pass of Color.
Using a mix of ivory black and cadmium red, I begin by doing a sketchy drawing. Massing in large dark shapes and wiping out the lights, I address color once the first layer is dry. As the work progresses, I may add or modify elements for the integrity of the painting. (Note the heightened vase, addition of the US flag and the pin in the final painting.) Eventually I will glaze and push back certain elements, as in this case, the leaves.  I will also work on strengthening the light flow across the box from right toward the left.

Favorite Accoutrements…  Having heard fellow artists persistently praise EdgeProGear’s versatile pochard box, I have happily joined the ranks. Easy to set up (I’m using my own tripod), I love its sleek, grey-toned glass palette, practical magnetic accessories and the fact that when taken down it is so portable. It's the size of a portable computer. Using it now in-studio, but can't wait to add it to my  plein aire toolbox. Brushes: Rosemary & Co. and Robert Simmons; Michael Harding and Gamblin oils.

WORK in PROGRESS: (Oil on Linen 16 x 16)" HEART of my HEART"  is homage to my US WWII Air Forces father and Royal Air Force mum. Trying out my new EdgeProGear PaintBook and LOVING IT! SHOUT OUT to  The Artist's Magazine for highlighting my process in the March  2017 issue. 

Thursday, December 22, 2016



"The Future of life on Earth depends on our ability to see the sacred 
where others see only the common." 

Dear Friends & Patrons 
wishing you and yours
a new year filled with 
beautiful moments, 
treasured memories, many blessings. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Living like it's Spring

"IN THE PINK" 20 x 20 Oil on Linen
On view at Design Domaine Gallery, Spring Lake, NJ
WHISPER BREATH PROMISES of spring and new chances... anticipation!

Been packing canvases,  paints and paintings for the past few weeks as I prepare to move to a new studio space.  Living like it's spring, thought I'd post two cheery samples of nature's floral bounty that foretell my optimism for what lies ahead: "In the Pink" and "Branching Out." Looking forward to an exciting new chapter in my creative book. FEELING BLESSED!

"BRANCHING OUT" 20 x 20 Oil on Linen
On view at Artist Frame Gallery, Verona, NJ

Friday, January 15, 2016

WRAP IT UP! Holiday Benefit Exhibition

"Just Friends" 11 x 14 Oil on Linen
"Fruitful Thought" 11 x 14 Oil on Linen
"Tempting Treasure" 11 x 14 Oil on Linen
THRILLED THAT THREE OF MY SMALLER PAINTINGS were juried into LIAFA's Wrap it UP! Holiday Exhibition. The show, curated by artist Richard Weinstein, is currently on display at LIAFA's Hersh Fine Art Gallery in Glen Cove, NY, and will run though January 31, 2016. "WRAP it UP!"  Showcasing art for a good cause, proceeds will benefit the Glen Cove Arts Council, which helps to provide cultural experiences for under-served youth and adults, including scholarships for art classes. All work is smaller than 20 x 20 inches. If you are interested in seeing the entire exhibition or purchasing  a piece, CALL 516-590-4324, or visit the gallery at: 14 Glen Street #201 Glen Cove, New York.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

On it's way home to Tenafly, New Jersey with my latest patron

"Outside the Box" 24 x36 Oil on Linen

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Cesar Santos… Everything Old is New Again!

Self Portrait, Cesar Santos
CHECK OUT the OCTOBER ISSUE of The Artist's Magazine, which recently hit the stands and includes my cover feature on the amazing Cuban-American artist Cesar Santos. 

A distinctive voice in the world of academic and contemporary art, Santos, who studied Renaissance painting techniques in Italy, juxtaposes classical techniques with modern-day themes and motifs. "I like to mix opposite things," he explains… something he does with great skill, as his exciting and provocative figurative paintings clearly illustrate. 

For the full story, visit the magazine’s website:  www.artistsnetwork.com

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Nicole Kidman as Muse

INTERESTING TAKES… In 1999, Nicole Kidman teamed up with photographer Steven Meisel, for a Vogue Magazine feature that recreated some of John Singer Sargent's more famous portraits. Love these poses and their inspiration. LBH

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Nature is Calling!

 11 x 14 Oil on Linen 
Thought I'd take a break from painting florals and still life for a while and attempt a few landscapes. To that aim, above is a small imaginary piece that helped me loosen up.  Still working on a title (Suggestions welcome). Below is the first in a trio of paintings that focus on the beautiful coastline in Norwich, UK.  For this piece, captivated by a sense of majesty, my goal was to highlight the glorious shaft of light breaking through the clouds and reflected in the water.
"Norwich Coastline" Oil on Linen 24 x 36

"The true end of art is not to imitate a fixed material condition,
but to represent a living emotion."
(George Inness)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Women Painting Women: (R)evolution

While the feminine muse has long been a source of inspiration for works created by painters of both genders, traditionally (especially from a male perspective), women have been represented as passive subjects, sexual props, or mere objects of beauty. Today, that mindset is changing as an increasing number of women artists redefine their dual roles as creators and models. These artists not only embrace the female viewpoint, but also thrust it into an arena wherein it has long been overlooked. As a result, women are painting women—regionally, nationally, and internationally—and thanks to the efforts of three artists/bloggers, (Sadie J. Valeri, Alia el-Bermani and Diane Feissel) the art world is taking notice.

For the full story about the WPW blog and the international movement it has spurred, check out the April issue of The Artist''s Magazine, which includes my article  entitled, Women Painting Women: (R)evolution. www.artistsmagazine.com. 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Dorian Vallejo: Dream Maker

DORIAN VALLEJO's ART, while rooted in realist principles, strays beyond the  literal--encouraging viewers to interact with his paintings, probe beyond the surface and uncover their deeper, multi-layered significance. 

Illustrating a world of fantasy, or recording dreams, this contemporary master  has developed a distinctive voice by honing his compositions through hundreds of sketches and paintings.  And taking as his muse, the female ideal, his newest series is a tour de force appropriately titled The Dream Within a Dream.  

You can catch a tantalizing peek of some of his new and never-before-seen work from the collection in the fall issue of The Artist's Magazine. It was my pleasure to interview Dorian for that feature. His work and words are inspirational! 
Dreamer Inbetween  (Oil 62 x 60) Dorian Vallejo

Thread (graphite and watercolor 22 x 31) Dorian Vallejo

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New Workshop at Montclair Museum of Art

"A few of my favorite things" Oil on linen
30 x 30 Private collection
LEARN to PAINT the MOVING STILL LIFE with Louise B Hafesh
If you have a passion for painting still life, have fun while exploring imaginative ways to paint everyday, nonliving objects, such as drapery, fruit, china, metals, etc.

Focusing on new interpretations of traditional artistic principles such as composition, lighting and form, students can experiment while working from life at their own pace. 
all skill levels welcome. 

DATE:     Sunday, October 20, 2013
TIME:      10a.m. - 4 p.m.
WHERE: Montclair Art Museum
LOCATION: Yard School of Art - 3 S. Mountain Avenue Montclair, NJ 07042
COST:     Members $90; Non Members - $110

Space is limited... Reserve your easel here!
Please visit http://www.montclairartmuseum.org for supply list

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holiday Exhibit of my work...

"HOT to TROT" 12 x 16, Oil on linen panel.
"STANDING GUARD" 20 x 24" Oil on Linen

Jewel Spiegel Gallery will hold a special holiday exhibit  from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday December 8, 2012. 10 of my paintings, including "Hot to Trot" and "Standing Guard," will be on display. All are welcome. Address: 30 N. Dean Street, Englewood, NJ  201/871-3577.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A brush with History...

A sampling of Kinstler's sketches and portraits grace his studio at the National 
Arts Club in New York City.  He has painted more than 50 U.S. Cabinet 
members, seven U.S. presidents and countless celebrities and business leaders.
One week after Everett Raymond Kinstler's successful March 2012 opening of his Pulps to Portraits exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge Massachsetts, I had the opportunity to interview the master portrait painter at his Grammercy Park studio in Manhattan. 

Still riding high from the celebration of a 70-year career that has taken him from an inker's apprentice to illustrating books and magazines to painting over 2000 portraits of a veritable who's who in the world, the artist/teacher shared some intriguing anecdotes about the joys of being a painter of people. 

The January/February issue of the Artist's Magazine includes the full article (8-pages) and highlights some of Kinstler's celebrated portraits of such luminaries as: Tom Wolfe, John Wayne, Christopher Plummer, to name but a few. 
I took this long shot of Kinstler's studio, which was once occupied by the
artist's early mentor, Frank Vincent DuMond, an American Impressionist
painter and prominent teacher.