I finally made it to the Raven’s Nest Blues Jam in Quakertown, PA.  Turned out to be a quiet night. In

spite of icy roads, snow and wild deer running in front of the car, Arne delivered me safely to the venue and home again.

Rob Fraser at Raven's Nest

I enjoyed seeing friends I’ve missed since heading East to the Grisly Pear instead of West to the Lehigh Valley for my fix of late night tavern painting during Blues Jams.

Portrait of Rob Fraser: drawn first with dip pen using Noodler’s Black Swan in English Roses Ink followed by watercolor.

Farewell to the Tuesday Night Blues Jam at the Larry Holmes Ringside Restaurant.

Todd Wolfe

Thanks, Larry Holmes, for a great venue. Thanks, Maria for getting it going.  Thanks, Todd, for taking on the task of running it every Tuesday night.  Thanks to all the musicians who have come out to play!

The turnout was overwhelming last night.  Where have all of you been for the last year?  Looking forward to seeing you again, the familiar faces as well as the new faces.  The windowsill was full last night, as was my heart.  The paintings will be posted tomorrow on Facebook.

Painting:  Drawn first in black ink using a dip pen, followed by watercolor.

The Tuesday Night Blues Jam must not end!  Please come out to support the musicians!

Alex Wolfson, Ben Clowers and Rob Fraser

As always, it was a great night at the Blues Jam.  Rumor has it that it might have been the last night.  That is ridiculous.  We can’t let that happen.  I don’t care if the weather is miserably hot and sticky.  Grab your instruments and your dancing shoes and get yourself to the Larry Holmes Ringside Restaurant in Easton, PA.  You will not be sorry.

I’ll have a free drawing for a matted painting every Tuesday from now on to encourage attendance.

Painting: drawn first in ink with dip pen, followed by washes of watercolor.

During the last eight months I never focused on the reflections of the musicians in the stage floor.  They screamed at me last night, begging for attention.

Maria Woodfore, Todd Wolfe and Rob Fraser

The night inspired eighteen paintings.  I find it difficult to pick a favorite this time around.  If I have to limit it to two, I will choose the portrait of young, Mike Lefton and the painting of Bill Lance playing saxophone.  I love the simplicity of both.

Portrait of Mike Lefton at the Blues Jam

Bill Lance playing saxophone at the Tuesday Night Blues Jam

I’m thinking that I should try the same approach with a landscape to see what happens.  I think, without the music, the lines and the color will not spill onto the paper.  I’m visiting a dear friend in Ashville next week.  I might be bold and give it a try. A new environment always makes change a little easier.

Paintings: drawn first in black ink with dip pen, followed by watercolor washes.

The energy really starts to shake the room at about 11 pm., just about the time that I stop painting to make sure the paintings are dry for the ride home.  Something must be done about my schedule!

George Kokolis playing saxophone

Leon doesn’t come until late and tonight I heard Daniel Dutchman Diefenderfer for the first time.  Dutchman plays harmonica and sings with incredible power and feeling.  Hopefully I will capture him next time around.


Once again JB inspired the pen and brush to cooperate.


Justine Gardner playing Bass Guitar

Justine is always delightful to watch and to hear.  One powerful woman!

Finally another female gets up to play at the Blues Jam and she was incredible!

Justine Gardner playing Bass

The winter has been far too long this year.  As much as I needed to get out to hear live music and paint, I struggled to keep from heading home after work yesterday.  Watching and listening to Justine play last night was the reward for driving into the night to Easton.  Thank you, Justine!

Of course, all the other musicians made it worthwhile, too.  I am never disappointed.  They replenish my energy.  Thanks to all of you.

Drawn first with black ink (dip pen) followed by watercolor washes on D’Arches watercolor paper

The smiles on the musicians’ faces when they see themselves in watercolor means that the energy is flowing well between sound and sight.

Mark Locher at the Tuesday Night Blues Jam

After finding out that Mark is also an artist, his smiles meant even more to me.  This portrait of Mark is my favorite painting of the evening.  The color bleeds work well and the ink drawing is simple yet strong.  The double complementary color scheme sneaks in again.

I’m not sure how I left the tubes of red paint at home, but I did.  I felt a bit naked without the cadmium red light on my palette to splatter onto a painting if it started to get too muddy or dark.  Perhaps it was better that I didn’t have it as a crutch.  The night went extremely well without it.

As usual, I began with an ink drawing followed by watercolor wet in wet washes.

Yesterday’s prediction of bad weather resulted in a smaller than usual turnout last night at the Blues Jam.

Two Guitars a drum and two saxophones

The music, of course, proved well worth the risk of battling snow on the way home.  Having a shortage of musicians allowed those who came to play more.  George Kokolis and Bill Lance came and treated us to a saxophone duo through most of the night, joining the various groupings of musicians that Todd Wolfe puts together.

George Kokolis and Bill Lance on Saxophone

Drawn first with dip pen and black ink, followed by washes of watercolor.