Blood Red Moon

blood red moon, oil on canvas, 5" x 7"

blood red moon, oil on canvas, 5″ x 7″

The moon is sometimes referred as “blood moon” or “blood red moon” because during a full lunar eclipse the earth’s sunset reflects on to the moon making it a red or orange hue.



Sun Rise

Sun rise with landscape, Oil on Canvas, 5" X 7"

Sun rise with landscape, Oil on Canvas, 5″ X 7″

I’m working on a series of small studies which will eventually become larger canvases. I’m exploring how light plays with the landscape as the sun rises; using a somewhat limited palette of reds and yellows. All the scenes are captured through my studio windows as the sun rises over the rooftops of downtown New Bedford. The sun rises pretty quick so I photograph these brief moments of splendor then take my time working on chosen scenes.


Opening Reception





The opening reception for the current exhibit, “New Paintings: Art Ballelli and Roy St. C. Rossow” at CCRI’s Flanagan Gallery was held tonight. There was a good turn out of people. Near the closing of the ceremony, Art Ballelli and I gave a brief talk to a small crowd then answered some questions. This was the first time for me speaking to a moderate crowd of people since student teaching last May. I think if I’d known about it prior I would have been a bit nervous. But everything was great and I felt it was well received because there was a good amount of questions asked. The exhibit will be up till the 6th of February.


Cupola with clouds

Cupola with clouds, 5" x 7" oil on canvas

Cupola with clouds, 5″ x 7″ oil on canvas

Much of the inspiration for my landscape work comes from the wide vista I have in my studio. I can see much of downtown New Bedford and the neighboring town, Fairhaven. This small painting is of the New Bedford Whaling Museum‘s iconic Cupola during the day. It has become a subject that I paint and draw quite often.