Cat People

I am a cat person. You wouldn’t guess it from all the dogs I’ve watercolored recently. So, this weekend I painted a pretty kitty named Ginger. She’s so fluffy!

ginger

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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

Constructive Criticism

I graduated college six years ago this month. The thing I miss about art school is honest critique from my piers. My time at the Savannah College of Art Design taught me that you can never see your painting as others do. Honest critique is pivotal for the growth of an artist.

As time goes by, I make more connections within the art world. In this grown up art world, constructive criticism is frowned upon. This is something I often forget. My biggest social blunders come from discussing a painting with its creator. I mean no harm with my comments. Just the opposite, a painting that demands critique is a painting I adore. College taught me that the only improvement comes from understanding weakness. How am I supposed to improve if everyone is too afraid to offend by speaking the truth? Feedback is something I crave, so it is something I give freely. One day, I will meet an artist who will crit my work freely. In return I will give the helpful criticism SCAD taught me to dish out. Until then, I should learn to shut my big, fat mouth.

Crit Me. Watercolor and ink on cotton paper. 6″ x 5.5″ (15.2cm x 14cm).

Unframed: $250.00

Suburban Sickness

I know it’s not the first time, I know it’s not the last time. This town is always there for me.

Please Take Me to Suburbia. Watercolor and ink on cotton paper. 7″ x 5.5″.

Unframed: $225.00

As always, click to enlarge image. It gets prettier that way.

No Parking Lot

My work is not about the interaction between the natural world and the human made world. That would imply that somehow the human made world is unnatural.

In the art world, words like “juxtaposition” are used exclusively to describe two objects that don’t belong together. That is absurd. At one time there were objects that could shock simply by being placed next to one another. But this is the post, post modern world and the age of the internet. There is no “shock.” Every object is just as connected to, or disconnected from, the next. A leaf is no more connected to another leaf than it is to a car or a photograph of Ronald Reagan.

The connection (and subsequential disconnection) each object has with the object next to it is what my work is about. Whether the objects involved are organic or geometric is irrelevant.

No Parking Lot. Watercolor and Ink on paper. 7″ x 6″ (17.8 cm x 15.2 cm).

Unframed: $200.00

Secret Supermarket

Behind my laundry mat, there is a supermarket. The food is fresh and well priced. I would not know about this food market if it was not for my need to go on walks as my clothes dry. The store is called “Gokul: Indian Supermarket.” It is a beautiful building.

Secret Supermarket. Watercolor and ink on paper. 6″ x 7″.

Unframed: $175.00

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.

Atlantic City Race Course

I’ve lived in Atlantic County, New Jersey for a little over two years now. There are many historic gems in this part of the state. This morning I painted the Atlantic City Race Course. Honestly, I don’t know much about the building. It just struck me as a place that had some stuff happen in it.

A Slender Batch of Trees

Marble Hornets Enrty 5 Abstraction.

Entry 5 2:13. Mixed media on paper. 6″ x 5″.

Unframed: $150.00

A Window and Strings

As I’ve mentioned, this summer I’m participating in dowtown Ocean City’s weekly painting event. Last week, it looked like rain. I asked Grass Roots Music if I could paint the interior of thier Asbury Avenue store. Not only did the owner say yes, but I was introduced to the many talented people who work and hang out there. I hope the  resulting painting captures the welcoming atmosphere of the guitar shop.

A Window and Strings. Watercolor and ink on paper. 8.5″ x 5″.

SOLD

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