I Love Ocean City, NJ

Every summer, every Wednesday night, the Ocean City Fine Arts League has a plein air event. Every week they give out cash prizes to artists. Artists from all over New Jersey create gorgeous paintings of the small businesses on Asbury Avenue, Ocean City’s downtown shopping district. Judging is at 8 pm. I painted this watercolor of the beautiful and blue Butterfly Boutique on this past Wednesday. It won second place.

 

Beautiful Blues. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 7″.

Unframed: $250.00

Beautiful Bordentown

This weekend I had the honor of participating in Bordentown’s first plein air Paint the Town event. The event was hosted by the prestigious Farnsworth Gallery. Over twenty artists took part in the three day paint out. On Sunday, the paintings were presented by the gallery to the public. It was a joy creating watercolors of historic Bordentown, New Jersey. Working along side such talented people was truly inspiring.

Oliver Dusk. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 7″.

SOLD

 

Leave the Light On. Watercolor and ink on paper. 7″ x 5″.

Unframed: $275.00

 

A Nice Neighbor. Watercolor and ink on paper. 7″ x 5″.

SOLD

 

Study for “A Nice Neighbor”. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 5″

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Beautiful Strangers

As my loyal blog follower, you have surely noticed my works’ subject matter has shifted from places to people. This shift has not been easy. I strongly dislike working from photographs, but cannot afford to hire private models. So many of my people paintings have been painted secretly, on trains, at open mics, and in crowded bowling allies.

If I perceive the stranger depicted isn’t paying attention to me (the weirdo with her paints out in public), I will create one of these quick portraits.  I do not know these women. They do not know me.

Despite not know these anonymous women, I think the portraits capture a lot of personality. The colors chosen show if the stranger is warmly approachable or distantly cold. Their expressions give a glimpse into their inner characters.

I hope to keep painting portraits. My goal is to soon hire a beautiful stranger to model so I may flesh out one of these wet sketch into a completed piece.

Every Day Painting

Over the past few years, my biggest growth as an artist has come from the understanding that not every painting needs to be my best work of art. Not every sketch needs to have a deeper meaning. Sometimes a painting is just a painting. This understanding has helped me paint every day, even when not inspired. Through painting every day I have found beauty in the mundane. I have artistic confidence in every corner.

Balloon Walk

This morning I painted on the New Jersey boardwalk. Painting amusement park rides was a lot of fun.

On a fantastic note, I got married on Sunday. I’m in the middle of changing my name legally. This is the first piece I’ve created as Jennifer Tracy.

Balloon Walk. Watercolor and ink on paper. 9″ x 12″.

Unframed: $350.00

Rittenhouse Square

Spring time in Philadelphia is quite an inspiring sight. This watercolor plein air painting of Rittenhouse Square accurately depicts the mood, if not the crowds, of Philly on a breezy May afternoon.

Genuine and Entertaining. 7″ x 6″. Watercolor and ink on paper.

Unframed: $215.00

Early Spring Overgrowth

In early spring, even the most well kept yards have an unruly look to them. The plants seem to burst from the ground joyfully. The home depicted below caught my eye as I was doing my morning errands. I had to stop and catch its cool yet dynamic, early spring attitude.

Early Spring Overgrowth. 12″ x 9″. Watercolor and ink on paper.

Unframed : $225.00

The following is the small study I drew first and worked on in between drying layers.

Spring Kitchen

Spring is here! The kitchen below was painted with the colors of this fresh season in mind.

Expect some new outdoor watercolors soon, if the weather stays this nice.

Spring Kitchen. Watercolor and ink on paper. 8″ x 11.5″

Unframed: $250.00

Do You Play?

This is Frances. Frances is particularly good at painting trees. Her favorite color is white. And, yes, she plays the guitar.

Do You Play? Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 8.5″.

Unframed: $175.00

Frances looking sleepy in black and white:

Frances Frown. Ink on cotton paper. 5″ x 6″.

Unframed: $100.00

The Rabbit

This adorable home is my last plein air painting of the season.

Le Lapin. Watercolor and ink on paper. 9″x12″.

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