Fall in Philly

This is my third painting of Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. The first was painted in spring, the second in summer.

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

Unframed: $225.00

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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

November News

Two of my paintings were accepted into the Ocean City Arts Center‘s Annual Juried Art Show. I also have a few pieces showing at the Ocean City Fine Arts League‘s Anything Goes Show. Both receptions are this Friday evening, so if you’re in the area please stop in.

Maybe Marmora. Watercolor and ink on cotton paper. 7″ x 5.5″.

Unframed: $225.00

Hanauma Bay

This is the fifth and final post about my fantastic trip to Hawaii.

Hanauma Bay Park is perhaps the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.

The day spent there was full of snorkeling, site seeing, swimming, and sun bathing. My drawings were quick as I was torn between enjoying the sunny activities and capturing the beauty with my pen.

Here are a few sketches of people I saw while on the The Bus riding to the bay:

Wet Sketchbook

The past two sessions of the Drawing Room I’ve devoted to making color drawings. The following two pieces are experiments with combining ink pens and watercolor in a sketchbook.

Week 8:

Week 9:

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

The Story of My Bike

Most of my childhood was spent on a bike. In fact, cycling was my main mode of transportation well into my young adulthood. That changed when my bike was stolen almost a decade ago. I got my driver’s license at twenty-one, and forgot all about the joys of peddling a bike around town.

Not this spring! I have a bicycle again. More importantly, I have a drawing book dedicated to bike ride landscapes and nature explorations. I feel my biggest hurdle as an artist is drawing the world outdoors. My style is quite organic. Add the chaos of natural growth, and you get very hectic art. The goals of these drawings are to either embrace my unstructured tendency or expel it. This is a challenge I am truly enjoying.

Expect many more landscape drawings and paintings in the weeks to come. Every time I bike ride, I’ll try to contribute to my little book of nature drawings.

This first drawing is from last week, right before spring really hit. The foliage you see is simply dry leaves left over from last autumn:

This, drawn yesterday, is spring in its early glory. The blossoms on the tree were white, the shrubbery was mostly yellow:

Stop the Objectification of Giraffes

I drew a giraffe.

My Eyes Are Up Here. Ink on cotton paper. 5″x5″ (12.7cm x12.7cm).

Unframed: $100.00

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from the gibbons. Although gibbons do no celebrate Valentines Day, they are good sports about wishing us happiness as we celebrate this day of love.

Gibbons are monogamous. These two white cheeked gibbons are the last animals I’m featuring in my Valentine’s weekend mate for life series.

Scribbly Gibbons. India ink on cotton paper. 5″x5″.

Unframed: $100.00

Dr. Sketchy’s

Dr. Sketchy’s is a world wide program in which Burlesque dancer’s pose for artists to be drawn. I went to one last Friday in Philadelphia. It was a great time. The models in today’s sketch are Key and Cherry Bomb. They are wearing costumes of flowers, fruit, and leaves.

The Dancing Duo.  Pen on paper.  11″x14″.

Unframed: $50.00