Refresher

Nothing like a twenty minute still life to refresh the basics. Very wet on wet watercolors on cotton paper.

Chirp chirp. Watercolor paint on paper. 6″ x 5.5″ (15.2cm x 14cm).

Unframed: $100.00

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Wish We Were Here

Sadly, the summer is winding down. Evenings Along Asbury in Ocean City is my favorite part of summers in NJ. This week was the last Evening Along Asbury of 2011. It was a great summer. Can’t wait until next year.

I painted the exterior of Jon and Patty’s Coffee Bar and Bistro. The owners of this establishment donated prizes to the Arts League every week. Support local businesses that support the arts!

We Wish Were Here. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 7″.

SOLD

Home Brew

A few friends of mine home brew their own beers, wines, ciders, and mead.  I do not, but it does not stop me from occasionally tagging along while they work. This was painted while a dark coffee stout was transferred to a secondary container. It is another watercolor piece of a kitchen that is not my own.

Someone Else’s Kitchen. Watercolor and ink on paper. 7″ x 6″.

Unframed: $200.00

Coffee Shop Corner

This past month, some of my small watercolor works were on display at Grooveground in Collingswood, NJ. To commemorate the occasion, I painted this wet sketch of Grooveground’s interior.

Coffee Shop Corner. Watercolor and ink on cotton paper. 6″ x 5″

Unframed: $100.00

Step by Step Mural Making

How to paint an awesome coffee shop mural at Casciano Coffee Bar and Sweetery in five steps.

Step One, Base Coat:

Draw the outline on wall with colored chalk. Paint base coat with primer.

Step Two, Add Color:

Distribute colored paint as evenly as possible through focal point of the mural. This ensures the most important aspects of the piece will draw attention.

Step Three, Cover All.

Fill the rest of the mural with solid blocks of color. Varying levels of depth and shadow throughout the piece welcomes the eye to wander without overwhelming it.

Step four, Add Contrast.

Make  light source(s) evident with highlights and shadows. Do not use white and black to tint and shade paint, instead mix color tones for maximum saturation.

Step Five, Details:

Add details and protective top coat. The mural is now finished.

All images that feature me painting were photographed by L. James Meyers.

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room is a drawing club that meets at the Noyes Museum on Wednesday nights. There have only been two sessions to date, both focusing on still life and basic drawing refresher exercises. I love where our little group of artists is going and am looking forward to posting more drawings from our meetings.

Week 1:

Week 2:

Coffee for One

A drawing from one of my frequent trips to the Sunryser, my favorite breakfast nook.

Coffee for One. Ink on paper. 5″x5.”

Unframed: $75.00

Coffee and Pie

Sorry to disappoint, but this is not a drawing of coffee and pie. It is a drawing of the view I had while enjoying pumpkin pie and two cups of coffee. I’ve taken to making little drawings of public places, like restaurants. This has always been a habit of mine, but lately I’ve been embracing it.

Pumpkin Pie and Two Cups of Coffee. Ink on paper. 4″x5″.

Unframed:  $50.00

Two Chihuahuas in a Room

This week’s sketch:

Oh, my Wawa coffee.

I know I missed a sketchbook Saturday last week. I am sorry. But guess what! This week I didn’t forget. Here you are. Nothing fancy, but thats why it is a sketchbook.