May Your Days be Merry and Bright

Twice a month at the Hammonton Arts Center, the Painter’s Atelier meets. The Painter’s Atelier is a group of painters interested in learning from one another. Each meeting has a theme. Today’s theme was “snow.”  Below is my wintry, watercolor still life including a snow globe. It is fascinating to see the variety of work 5 different artists can create using a single word.

Snow:

Watercolor Wonderland. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 8.5″.

Unframed: $180.00

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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.

Pretty Picture and Personal Achievements

Below is my painting from week 12 of the Noyes Drawing Room sessions. I’m sure that mannequin has grown quite familiar to you by now.

Museum Mannequin. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 8.5″.

Unframed: $150.00

I am very proud to announce I won the 2010 Cumberland County Cultural Heritage Plein Air Painting Contest. The awards ceremony will be at Gallery 50 in Bridgeton from 6-8 this Friday. The paintings I did for the competition have not yet been posted to this blog as they were dropped off immediately after painted. I will get them back in late September for your viewing pleasure.

Also, my painting “Product Placement” won Best in Show at The Hammonton Art Center‘s yearly Works on Paper exhibit. The reception for the exhibit will be tomorrow evening, 5-8 pm at the HAC.

I am very grateful for and proud of these honors.

Gabrielle and Co.

For my last plein air painting in Ocean City, NJ this summer I painted Gabrielle and Co.‘s store front. As their slogan says, the store is a “fabulous collection of beautiful things.” If you’re ever in Ocean City I suggest checking it out. Also, a new branch has just opened up in Hammonton, NJ. Stop by and say hi to Julie for me.

Gabrielle and Co. Watercolor and ink on paper. 8.5″ x 5″.

SOLD

Painted Rain Barrel

The Hammton Art Center is hosting a huge painted rain barrel fund raiser. Below is the barrel I designed, painted, and donated. The bidding for the rain barrels begins shortly and ends on Septmber 18th. I’ll link the auction once it is up.

SOLD

My Preening Peafowl barrel is losely based on these drawings I made earlier in the year.

Remember Sketchbook Saturday?

I never do.

Below is a drawing from my sketchbook made during a Hammonton Arts Center board meeting. My skecthbook and I are still inseperable. Unfortunately, Twitpic seems to see more of its contents than this blog does.

Kimberly Townsend

Every week, I organize The Hammonton Art Center‘s Think Thursday event. From 5-9pm there is a kids’ craft, an artists’ activity, and live music. Everyone is welcome to stop in, and now that you know about it I hope to see you there.

Each week I give the musicians portraits I draw of them as they play. Part of me wishes I archived these drawings. The rest of me is very happy that I exchange an evening of my art for an evening of theirs. It is a dream come true to be able to provide a place where the visual and performing arts come together.

Last night, The Hammonton Art Center was lucky enough to have the thought provoking Kimberly Townsend perform. She agreed to allow the whole Figure Drawing club set up easels and draw her as she played. As it was a night dedicated to life drawing, I was able to keep a few of the sketches. Most of my better drawings went to her. Below are the drawings that did not.

As always, click on images to enlarge them.

Bronze Owl

This Friday night is the opening reception to the Hammonton Art Center‘s Twelfth Annual Juried Show. The pieces I have in the show are “April to April”, “Martha”, and “Samara in a Drawer #2”. My sister, Maria, also has art in the show. Her piece is “Fuzzy Fox” in pastels.

The drawing below is of a sculpture included in Friday’s exhibition. Once I saw it, I had to draw it. It is a large, bronze owl sculpted by the talented David Caccia. The work is titled “Barn Owl.”

Constructive Drawing

After a week long break, I have returned to my bicycle landscape drawings. The drawing below is of a construction site on the border of Absecon and Oceanville. The vehicle is a Bobcat and I believe the house is being built by Community Construction.

This summer, I will be teaching classes at the the Noyes Museum of Art and the Hammonton Art Center. For class schedules, details, and pricing, click here. I am also hard at work helping the Mill Street Art Center get up and running.

They Are Building a Mansion Next to that Other Mansion. Ink on paper. 7″x5″.

Unframed: $75.00

Warehouse Blues

This past Saturday, I participated in the second annual Hammonton Plein Air Competition. The contest is sponsored by the Hammonton Art Center. My entry was one of the few selected for display at the Noyes Museum of Art’s Hammonton Facility. Stop by and see it between now and May first.

My piece is the side of the Atlantic Liquidation Warhouse in oil paint.

Blue Warehouse. Oil on canvas.

Framed and ready to hang: $550.00