Friday, December 30, 2016

Here is my latest "dream painting." It's large, about 6'x5', on paper. I hope that you enjoy the dreamlike quality of the painting. Bye, Roy


Monday, November 14, 2016

I painted this surfing scene for the song SURFING USA. It is for the upcoming holiday show at the school where I teach. Each class picks a song for the children to perform. Steve's class is is doing SURFING USA.

The painting is on a large piece of paper. It is about 5 feet by 8 feet.

It has brought back memories of my days surfing, in my youth.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Facebook site:
Hi Friends, sorry I haven't posted anything lately, but please check out my Facebook site, Thanks. Roy

Here is my latest painting. It is in my backyard, with the Autumn leaves on the ground.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Good Morning. A friend of mine at work asked me to paint a picture of herons for her. She lives on the north shore of Long Island and loves to watch these graceful birds in the marshes of the Sound. I hope you like this picture, too. Its about 24" x 36" paint on paper.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Misty morning tree, Oyster Bay, N.Y.

Last Wednesday we took a group of children, from the school where I teach, to a park on the north shore of Long Island. This tree in the mist of the morning, caught my eye. Roy

Friday, October 16, 2015

Praying Mantis

Taking the children to the playground, behind the school where I work, I looked down and spotted this creature on the grass. It momentarily stopped my world! I placed my open palm in front of him and he walked onto my hand. I took him to this heart shaped leaf just out of harm's way, where he stayed for a long time allowing us to gaze upon his silent presence.

Thursday, September 3, 2015


Hi, Here are some studies of faces I recently completed. Also a giant sunflower painting that I am working on. I'll show you the finished painting soon. The bottom picture is a large (24"x36") charcoal drawing of clouds. Roy

Study from Mu Chi's SIX PERSIMMON 

Saturday, January 24, 2015


Hi, It's a snowy evening here on Long Island. I thought that it would be a good time to spend in front of my computers and show you some new paintings. Some are new versions of old themes: cats and suns and moons and women and clouds. Enjoy. I'd love to hear from you on this wintry evening. Roy



CAT on TABLE (oh no!)

Study from Matisse painting

Sunday, November 2, 2014


This wonderful photo was taken by my brother-in-law Howard Batchelor. It was taken in May of this year in an antique shop in Denver, Colorado. If you look closely at the sign on the wall you will see that it reads " We Prosecute All Shoplifters." I also love how the bird's stance mimics that of the white statue in the background. To see more of Howard's photos click here:

We Prosecute all Shoplifters

Friday, September 26, 2014

My SIX PERSIMMON fascination continues.

I have long been fascinated by a a small thirteenth century painting SIX PERSIMMONS by a Zen Buddhist monk, Mu Chi.  This interest has recently lead me to frame and hang my very large PERSIMMON paintings that were inspired by the Mu Chi painting. They were painted in a, perhaps, pseudo sumi (did I coin a phrase?) style with black paint on 24"x36" sheets of paper.  Please notice my newly painted "amaryllis" colored wall! 

Here is Mu Chi's painting. The original is more like this photo rather than the blueish green photo in the wikipedia article.

(I now have the sixth painting hanging)
To further add to my obsession I painted the SIX PERSIMMON on an old denim jacket that my brother-in-law had given me.

Hope that you enjoyed looking at my latest projects. Here is a link to my Ebay actions.  Thanks for looking.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Hi I went to visit my sister and brother-in-law in Pennsylvania for a few days. Here is a painting that I worked on there and finished yesterday. We also saw thousands of Corvettes that gathered there for a weekend show and parade.....that's another story. Roy

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Why was yesterday's Buddha Sun painting sad?

Sometimes when paint I just see something and I go with it......this Buddha Sun painting I have worked and reworked so many times!  It was hanging out on the patio during the monsoon-like rain we had here on Long Island. Yesterday evening, after the storm, it called to me to freshen up the face which had been battered by the pounding rain and wind. As I was painting I noticed the tear-like shape coming from his eye....."Oh! Buddha Sun is sad this evening," and I went with it. On the surface the emotions are always changing, like the clouds in the sky, deep down inside and always present, is the Sun of awareness, simply watching, illuminating. Thanks for looking. Roy

Monday, February 3, 2014

Good morning. It's a snowy day here on Long Island. No school for me today! I woke up early and began moving into the day, thinking the day would unfold as a typical Monday "workday." Sitting quietly, my smartphone lit up with a text saying that school would be closed today due to the snowfall. Here are some of my recent paintings. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks. Roy

Sunday, November 24, 2013


Hi, my brother-in-law, Howard, is an awesome photographer. Here is one of his recent shots. He works on his pics for a long time in his darkroom. This shot is of the Philadelphia Waterworks.  That's the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the hill.  More of his pics can be seen here: . Enjoy. Roy

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Hi, Here are two paintings from the last few days. I'm working on another DREAM PAINTING. The dream world is so interesting. Where am I? Who am I? What am I?

"Once I, Chuang Tzu, dreamed I was a butterfly and was happy as a butterfly. I was conscious that I was quite pleased with myself, but I did not know that I was Tzu. Suddenly I awoke, and there was I, visibly Tzu. I do not know whether it was Tzu dreaming that he was a butterfly or the butterfly dreaming that he was Tzu."

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

VARIATIONS: latest paintings

Good morning. Here are three "dream" paintings for you to see: variations on a dream theme.