Riverfest

I spent the day painting at the annual Cumberland County Plein Air Riverfest event hosted by Gallery 50 in Bridgeton, NJ. I painted two pieces on site. Each took about three hours. Both works are watercolor and feature the beautiful Cohansey River. Both works are available for purchase at Gallery 50 until September 27th.

riversisters

 

riverbros

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Glamrock

Dr. Sketchy’s Philly hosted a Glamrock Dr. Sketchy’s at Arch Enemy in Philadelphia. Our glittery models were Kati Kill and Lux Lächeln.

My twenty minute “album cover” sketch.

glamtinker

A fifteen minute sketch of the glamorous duo.

glamduo

Kati Kill as a rocking minotaur. Ten minute wet sketch.

glammin

Two five minute sketches.

glamlux

Five two minute watercolors.

glampages

Under the Apple Tree

Last night Asbury Park presented a special USO Pin Ups Dr. Sketchy’s. All profits went to the Wounded Warrior Project. The turn out was wonderful. Our glorious models were Victoria Belmont, Missy Heather, Rachel Bufano, Sammi Macabre Macabe, Carolyn Anne, Kristin Brad Wilson, and Tiffany Loretta. There was a special performance by Linda Zadzielski – Van Wagner.

Twenty minute pose of Carolyn and Victoria being adorable:

Twenty minute pose of Tiffany:

 

Twenty minute pose of Carolyn and Sammi:

 

Ten minute pose of Tiffany:

 

Five minute pose of Rachel:

 

Five minute pose of Missy:

 

Two five minute poses, Kristin and Sammi:

 

 

Two minute pose of Missy:

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:

 

 

Summer in Asbury Park

Went to another Asbury Park session of Dr. Sketchy’s. Their branch is the most active I’ve encountered, averaging two events a month. Being by the Jersey shore on Memorial Day weekend feels good, overall it was an awesome day. Our skilled models were Luna Chase, Sabrina Combs, and Ryan Giampietro. The theme was Frank Frazetta.

As always, click to enlarge the images.

Five minute pose of Luna (this is my favorite of the day):

Ten minute pose of Ryan and Sabrina:

Twenty minute poses of everyone:

Bonus 2 minute pose of Luna:

Lady Luck

Atlantic City and I have a love hate relationship, but warm weather is coming so we may be setting aside our differences.

 

Visit Sunny Atlantic City. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 5″.

Unframed: $250

 

Ballet Rehearsal

This morning I had the privilege of painting the Atlantic City Ballet as they rehearsed. The company’s beauty absolutely stunned me. Their skill, dedication, elegance, and joy truly moved me. It is my deep hope to work with them again.

As this was a rehearsal, I worked as they danced. These sketches are fast, wet, and unrefined.

 

Click to enlarge images.

A Break from Sin

I’m interrupting the seven deadly sins project for a very sad announcement. Earlier this week, Dorothea Tanning died at the age of one hundred and one. She was a founding member of the surrealist movement. She was an influential in the art world for eight decades. I do not say this lightly, she is my favorite artist of all time. The world is a little less beautiful without her.

Thank you, Dorothea, for doing what you did.

Beauty and the Beast

A simple illustration of the classic fairy tale.

It Takes Two to Tango

There are two main components to being an artist. The first is obviously creating art. The second is the one that I, and many other artists, struggle with. The second is promoting your art.

I’ve been spending the past month focusing on the promotion of my work. It certainly has been paying off. I have my first solo exhibition at the Ocean City Arts Center March 2012. My drawings are now on sale at the Noyes Museum of Art’s gift shop. Currently, my work is showing in three group shows. People are posting my works in their tumblrs and pinterests. It feels good to be appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to look at my work. Thank you for taking the time to tell others about my work. It means the world to me.

Unfortunately, as I’ve been promoting my work, the time for creation of work has diminished. Illustrations like the one above are all I’ve had time to paint. Hopefully within the next week or so I’ll be able to make a serious painting.

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