Playing Catch Up

I’ve been in the wonderful habit of painting more than posting. Here’s a watercolor from a few weeks ago. My reference can be found in this /r/redditgetsdrawn thread.

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New York Avenue School Mural

The aquatic mural at New York Avenue School is my first mural in conjunction with Stockton’s Center for Community Schools. The program is designed to bring art, culture, and life skills to the children of Atlantic City. Unlike my other work on this blog, the under water mural is not something I painted alone. The children of New York Avenue school aided in the design and painting of this mural. Their art teacher, Ms. Liz Parsons, also was a part of the ocean mural’s creation. Sharing the process of making a mural was a joy. The children learned a lot and have a wall in their school they can forever be proud of. Our finished coral reef is gorgeous.

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Pauline the Purple Octopus

I finally completed the mural I’ve been working on for Haddon Township Beautification Comity. It is part of an ongoing project to make the SOHA (South of Haddon Ave.) section of their town into the arts district. The mural is on a large potter’s planter on the corner of East Collingswood Avenue and the White Horse Pike in West Collingswood, New Jersey. If you google maps to the street view, you will see a lovely before picture.

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The mural is of a giant, purple octopus named “Pauline”.

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Here are some in progress shots:

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Some details:

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I’ve always liked the idea of the sky as water, so the bubbles seem planetary to me. One bubble that struck me as particularly homey, I added some green to. If the universe was an ocean, I’m sure creatures like Pauline would influence the stars.

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