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

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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

Corner Store

Below is last night’s weekly Ocean City painting.


Jazzy Drugs. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 7″

Unframed: $200

A House Portrait

I think I may like painting portraits of houses more than painting portraits of people. Houses have such visible personality.

Green House. Watercolor and ink on paper. 8″ x 11.5″ (20.3 cm x 29.2 cm)

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Evenings Along Asbury

Last night was the first Evenings Along Asbury of the summer. Besides great community events, every Wednesday throughout the summer there is a plein air event in Ocean City. Through this paint out I have met fantastic local artists like Ryan Simmons, Chuck Law, and Martini.

As an artist, most of what I create is done in solitude. Evenings Along Asbury gives me a chance to work adjacent to other painters for an entire season. Needless to say, I look forward to it all year. It is refreshing to see the downtown come together for the sake of the arts.

The following piece was painted last night between 5 and 7:30 pm. It won third place in the first Ocean City Fine Arts paint out of 2011.

Sunset. Watercolor and Ink on paper. 7″ x 6″ (17.8 cm x 15.2 cm).

Unframed: $200.00


Glass Frog Studio and Boutique

I’m quite fond of my most recent commission. Below is a watercolor and ink painting of Glass Frog Studio and Boutique in Ocean City, New Jersey.

La Grenouille. Watercolor and ink on paper. 9″x12″.

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.

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

Peafowl

Once again,I am working with the  Haddon Township Beautification Comity. Last fall, in their SOHA district, I painted Pauline. This spring, I will begin working on another large potter’s plant mural. The painting will be of a peacock and a peahen. While I have no concrete design yet, here are some peafowl studies I’ve done in preparation. Thursday, I head to town to pick the perfect pot for my peafowl pair.

Papyrus Peacock. Ink on cotton paper. 5″x5″.

Unframed: $100.00

Peahen Ink. Ink on cotton paper. 5″x5″.

Unframed: $100.00

If there are any artists in the South New Jersey or Philadelphia area interested in designing a mural for the White Horse Pike’s beatification, please contact me.

Sketchbook Saturday Ya Ta Daaaa!

Drew this while getting my oil changed.

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