Final Destination

From Saint Paul International Airport in Minnesota we got on a plane and landed in Oahu, Hawaii.

Much like my last vacation, I carried a sketchbook everywhere I went. The above painting is of Diamond Head from a beach in Waikiki. Over the next few blog entries, I’ll share with you little snippets of my Hawaiian trip.

The hibiscus is Hawaii’s state flower. They are everywhere on the islands! If you put a flower behind your right ear in your hair, it means you are available. If the flower is placed on the left side, it means you are taken.

In the following drawing I’ve illustrated how Kevin and I drank coffee as a toddler in half a spider-man suit repeatably walked up to the stage and stole a show with his own version of the hula dance.

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Product Placement

Here is last night’s three hour painting of downtown Ocean City. I will be participating in their open air competition every Wednesday this summer except for next week. Let me know if you’re in the area on vacation. We can meet up for water ice, or a Coke if that’s your thing.

Product Placement. Watercolor and ink on paper. 8.5″ x 5″.

Framed and ready to hang: $150.00

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Painting in the Sun

Wednesday was this year’s first Evenings Along Asbury. In the summer time, Ocean City’s downtown has a weekly plein air competition. The shops set up flags along the main street at designated painter’s points. An artist has between 5 pm and 7:45 pm to make a painting at that location. My small watercolor took about two and a half hours to create. In it I continued exploring the incorporation of ink drawing in my colored work. I am very proud and grateful to say that my painting received the first place prize this week.  Below is my watercolor rendition of Asbury Ave seen from the front of Primo’s.

Candy Coated. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 8.5″.

SOLD

Also, here is a short montage advertising  the weekly event.

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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Meet the Lobstermens

I present to you Habee and Sophia Lobstermen.

Am I sure the model for Habee was a male and the model for Sophia female? No.  But Habee and Sophia can’t tell either, because lobsters don’t see gender. All they see is angry.

Habee Lobstermen. Ink on cotton paper. 5″x5″.

Unframed: $100.00

Sophia Lobstermen. Ink on cotton paper. 5″x5″.

Unframed: $100.00

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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A Day at the Beach

A half buried shovel, a pair of flip flops belonging to the famous John Baccaro, and a Brigantine life guard boat. Results of a sunny day sketching at the New Jersey shore.

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