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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Art in the Park

Ventnor, NJ’s art community is growing fast. This evening, I went to the season’s first Art in the Park event. Hopefully I will attend many more.

No Water. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 5″.

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.

Hanauma Bay

This is the fifth and final post about my fantastic trip to Hawaii.

Hanauma Bay Park is perhaps the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.

The day spent there was full of snorkeling, site seeing, swimming, and sun bathing. My drawings were quick as I was torn between enjoying the sunny activities and capturing the beauty with my pen.

Here are a few sketches of people I saw while on the The Bus riding to the bay:

Mr. and Mrs. Hill

The following piece is a commissioned drawing of a couple.

Portrait of the Hills. Colored pencil on matte board. 9″x12″.

SOLD

Some preliminary sketches for the piece:

A Day at the Beach

A half buried shovel, a pair of flip flops belonging to the famous John Baccaro, and a Brigantine life guard boat. Results of a sunny day sketching at the New Jersey shore.

brigsand

brigboat

Once a Year

Last week, I was invited to the Romano/Pinto annual beach house karaoke night. These are the resulting gesture drawings. The most complete drawing is of the back of a seven year old girl wearing a pair of shorts. She is transfixed and singing “Hey Jude”.  Those “na na”s sure do go on for a while.

kareoke

Boardwalk Birds and People

This is a nice summery sketch for this fourth of July Saturday. People and birds on the New Jersey boardwalk in Atlantic City.

boardbird