Bittersweet

August is a bittersweet month for me. My love of summer is comparable only to the affection the average 7 year old has for Christmas. As I try to cling to the last days of plein air painting and sun kissed skin, it seems the rest of the world has moved on to autumn. My Pinterest feed is filling with fall fashion tips while Twitter babbles about back to school. Facebook friends long for a release from “this heat.” August is the last full month of summer, and I tend to spend it longing for June.

The following painting is of The Pink Mermaid, an antique shop on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City. Unfortunately, I know it is one of the last plein air works I’ll have time to create before the season changes.

Wet and Wild. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 7″.

Unframed: $250.00

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Belly Dancers

Last night was Dr. Sketchy’s Asbury Park’s belly dancing event. I may be the only woman in the world who loves belly dancing as much as I do without ever having tried to belly dance. I adore belly dancers.  Unfortunately, I forgot my paints. I had two stray tubes in my purse, payne’s gray and rose matter. My pallet was very limited, so I’m not truly happy with how these came out.  Models were Sabrina Combs, Felicia Fatale, Lori Venus, and Ra’idah Dance.

5 minute poses:

10 minute pose:

15 minute pose:

 

Half hour from promotional photo by Michael D Zielinski:

 

 

Dr. Sketchy’s Asbury Park

Here are some of my more successful sketches from Asbury Park’s Dr. Sketchy’s session. The gorgeous models were Tricia Pain and Krissi Horan. The theme was Soviet Takeover. Beautiful costumes, and lots of red!

Twenty minute pose with Tricia and Krissi:

Ten minute Krissi pose:

Five minute Tricia poses:

 

Five minute Krissi poses:

 

 

Two minute Tricia pose:

Shore View

It pains me to admit that the summer is almost gone. Next week will be the last Evenings Along Asbury of 2011. It’s been a beautiful year for plein air painting. This week’s work:

Asbury Avenue. Watercolor and ink on paper. 6″ x 4.5″.

Unframed: $150.00

Corner Store

Below is last night’s weekly Ocean City painting.


Jazzy Drugs. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 7″

Unframed: $200

Store Down the Shore

This watercolor painting of a Jersey shore store front won first place in the July 6th Ocean City Paint Out. Shop windows in vacation towns are always eye catching. Something about that orange dress demanded to be painted.

Down the Shore Store. Watercolor and Ink on paper. 7″ x 6″ (17.8 cm x 15.2 cm).

SOLD

Feel free to join me at next Wednesday’s Evenings Along Asbury plein air painting event.

Evenings Along Asbury

Last night was the first Evenings Along Asbury of the summer. Besides great community events, every Wednesday throughout the summer there is a plein air event in Ocean City. Through this paint out I have met fantastic local artists like Ryan Simmons, Chuck Law, and Martini.

As an artist, most of what I create is done in solitude. Evenings Along Asbury gives me a chance to work adjacent to other painters for an entire season. Needless to say, I look forward to it all year. It is refreshing to see the downtown come together for the sake of the arts.

The following piece was painted last night between 5 and 7:30 pm. It won third place in the first Ocean City Fine Arts paint out of 2011.

Sunset. Watercolor and Ink on paper. 7″ x 6″ (17.8 cm x 15.2 cm).

Unframed: $200.00


A Window and Strings

As I’ve mentioned, this summer I’m participating in dowtown Ocean City’s weekly painting event. Last week, it looked like rain. I asked Grass Roots Music if I could paint the interior of thier Asbury Avenue store. Not only did the owner say yes, but I was introduced to the many talented people who work and hang out there. I hope the  resulting painting captures the welcoming atmosphere of the guitar shop.

A Window and Strings. Watercolor and ink on paper. 8.5″ x 5″.

SOLD

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Across the Street

Asbury Avenue in Ocean City NJ has an out door painting competition every Wednesday of the summer.  This past Wednesday I won second place with this painting. The painting was a particular challenge as I chose to sit across the street from the buildings I painted. Large vehicles kept parking in front of my subject matter. I learned a valuable lesson about vantage point.

Across the Street. Watercolor and ink on paper. 8.5″ x 5″.

SOLD

Painting in the Sun

Wednesday was this year’s first Evenings Along Asbury. In the summer time, Ocean City’s downtown has a weekly plein air competition. The shops set up flags along the main street at designated painter’s points. An artist has between 5 pm and 7:45 pm to make a painting at that location. My small watercolor took about two and a half hours to create. In it I continued exploring the incorporation of ink drawing in my colored work. I am very proud and grateful to say that my painting received the first place prize this week.  Below is my watercolor rendition of Asbury Ave seen from the front of Primo’s.

Candy Coated. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 8.5″.

SOLD

Also, here is a short montage advertising  the weekly event.