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

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Dr. Sketchy’s Asbury Park

Here are some of my more successful sketches from Asbury Park’s Dr. Sketchy’s session. The gorgeous models were Tricia Pain and Krissi Horan. The theme was Soviet Takeover. Beautiful costumes, and lots of red!

Twenty minute pose with Tricia and Krissi:

Ten minute Krissi pose:

Five minute Tricia poses:

 

Five minute Krissi poses:

 

 

Two minute Tricia pose:

Four Seasons in Philadelphia

This week, I finished the final watercolor in my Rittenhouse Square series. All four paintings were created on site, outdoors in Philly. It started in spring. My paints dried quickly in summer. I’m quite proud of fall. Winter was warm this year.

Be There.

Watercolor paint and ink on paper. 4.5″ x 6″ (11.4 cm x 15.2 cm).

Unframed: $215.00

 

NYC OWS

I’ve just returned from New York city. Already, I miss it.

Up until now, my paintings of the Occupy Wall Street movement have been from photographs. It is not very fulfilling to paint from photographs. I went to New York so I could paint from life. And I painted a lot.

#OWS. Watercolor and ink on paper. 6″ x 7″.

Unframed: $200.00

It was shocking how many people at the demonstration were not protesting. It seemed there were more journalists and people taking pictures then there were occupiers. That was a common theme in New York. New Yorkers seems to prefer recording and observing life more than participating. The following sketch is of the back of a CNN reporter. Her lights were bright, and her cameras never stopped running.

It was tough to get a good painting spot in the hectic, protesting park. There were marches and performance art, reporters and giant puppets. The landscape was ever changing. The people occupying Wall Street were constantly cleaning. They moved tents to scrub the sidewalk. There was a whole crew of people in masks that did nothing but wander the park and sweep. When I was there, the square smelled more like Pine-Sol than a corner of New York.

The last painting I completed of those standing  for the 99% is a little more abstract than my usual watercolors. I wanted to capture the constant motion, the idea that there is something happening here.

What It Is. Watercolor and ink on paper. 6″ x 5.5″.

Unframed: $200.00

Always Sunny

When I’m in the suburbs, I paint tall buildings. When I’m in the city, I paint park scenes. I don’t get it either.

Below is another painting of Rittenhouse Square. Philadelphia in late summer makes me smile.

Eye Contact. Watercolor paint and ink on paper. 4.5″ x 6″ (11.4 cm x 15.2 cm).

Unframed: $215.00

Balloon Walk

This morning I painted on the New Jersey boardwalk. Painting amusement park rides was a lot of fun.

On a fantastic note, I got married on Sunday. I’m in the middle of changing my name legally. This is the first piece I’ve created as Jennifer Tracy.

Balloon Walk. Watercolor and ink on paper. 9″ x 12″.

Unframed: $350.00

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

Rittenhouse Square

Spring time in Philadelphia is quite an inspiring sight. This watercolor plein air painting of Rittenhouse Square accurately depicts the mood, if not the crowds, of Philly on a breezy May afternoon.

Genuine and Entertaining. 7″ x 6″. Watercolor and ink on paper.

Unframed: $215.00

After Dark, in the Park

Marble Hornets Entry 4 abstraction.

Some say the figure is The Operator himself. I am not convinced.

Entry 4 0:23. Mixed media on paper. 6″ x 5″.

Unframed: $200.00

 

Across the Street

Asbury Avenue in Ocean City NJ has an out door painting competition every Wednesday of the summer.  This past Wednesday I won second place with this painting. The painting was a particular challenge as I chose to sit across the street from the buildings I painted. Large vehicles kept parking in front of my subject matter. I learned a valuable lesson about vantage point.

Across the Street. Watercolor and ink on paper. 8.5″ x 5″.

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