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