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.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

My painting on Ebay

Good Morning. Here are my current auctions on Ebay. Simply click to look.Thanks. Roy

  • Click on a picture to visit that auction
  • Roll the mouse over a picture for a larger image

Monday, September 16, 2013


How to contemplate our conditioned existence in this fleeting world:

"Like a tiny drop of dew, or a bubble floating in a stream; 
Like a flash of lightning in a summer cloud, 
or a flickering lamp, an illusion, a phantom, or a dream."

"So is all conditioned existence to be seen."

Saturday, September 14, 2013


These recent paintings are from my DREAM PAINTINGS series. In our dreams the faces, and the situations we encounter seem to be "real."  Yet the DREAM WORLD has a logic of its own. In these paintings I try to depict the colors, the forms and the textures of the DREAM WORLD. I hope that you enjoy looking. Roy

Monday, August 5, 2013


Good morning, the following text is from the Buddhist tradition. It was written hundreds of years ago by a Chinese Zen teacher named Hsin-hsin Ming, who was the third Zen patriarch.  To me, it is a wonderful treatise on the unhindered mind, which is our natural condition, our freedom. It is also a "sadhana" presenting a method enabling us to perhaps get a glimpse into our unfettered mind.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy reading and perhaps contemplating The Great Way. The painting is SIX PERSIMMONS by MU CHI. The "Tao" is the Chinese word for "The Great Way."

The great Way is not difficult for those who are have no preferences.
Let go of wanting and avoiding, and everything will be perfectly clear.
But make the slightest distinction and heaven and earth are set infintely apart.

If you want truth, don't be for or against anything.
The idea of good and evil is the primary disease of the mind.
If you don't grasp the deeper meaning, you trouble your minds complacency.
The infinite is perfect and lacks nothing.
But because you select and reject, you can't perceive the true nature of existence.

Don't be entangled in the world; but don't lose yourself in emptiness.
Be at peace in the oneness of things and all errors will disappear by themselves.

If you don't live the Tao, you fall into right and wrong.
Asserting that the world is real, you are forget its deeper reality;
Denying that the world is real, you are fail to see to the integrity of all things.

The more you think about these matters, the farther you are from the truth.
Step aside from all thinking, and there is nowhere you can't go.
Returning to the root, you find the meaning;
chasing appearances, you lose the source.

At the moment of profound insight, you transcend both appearance and emptiness.
Don't keep searching for the truth; just let go of your opinions.

When the mind is in harmony with the Tao, all self centeredness disappears.
With no doubting self, you can trust the universe completely.
You realize at once you are free, with nothing left to hold on to.
All is empty, brilliant, perfect in its own being.
In the world of things as they are, there is no self or non self.
If you want to describe its essence, the best you can say is "Not-two."
In this "Not-two" nothing is separate, and nothing in the world is excluded.

The Masters of all times and places have entered into this truth.
In it there is no gain or loss; one instant is ten thousand years.
There is no here, no there; infinity is right before your eyes.
The tiny is as large as the vast when objective boundaries have vanished;
the vast is as small as the tiny when you don't have external limits.
Being is an aspect of non-being; non-being is no different from being.
Until you understand this truth, you won't see anything clearly.
One is all; all are one. When you realize this, what reason for holiness or wisdom?
The mind of absolute openness is beyond all thought, all striving,
it is perfectly at peace, for in it there is no yesterday, no tomorrow, no today.