Riverfest

I spent the day painting at the annual Cumberland County Plein Air Riverfest event hosted by Gallery 50 in Bridgeton, NJ. I painted two pieces on site. Each took about three hours. Both works are watercolor and feature the beautiful Cohansey River. Both works are available for purchase at Gallery 50 until September 27th.

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Paint the Town!

It was my privilege to participate in the Farnsworth Gallery’s second annual Paint the Town plein air event. Bordentown is a gorgeous, historic city. As you may remember, I also participated last year.

This year’s watercolors:

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Bittersweet

August is a bittersweet month for me. My love of summer is comparable only to the affection the average 7 year old has for Christmas. As I try to cling to the last days of plein air painting and sun kissed skin, it seems the rest of the world has moved on to autumn. My Pinterest feed is filling with fall fashion tips while Twitter babbles about back to school. Facebook friends long for a release from “this heat.” August is the last full month of summer, and I tend to spend it longing for June.

The following painting is of The Pink Mermaid, an antique shop on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City. Unfortunately, I know it is one of the last plein air works I’ll have time to create before the season changes.

Wet and Wild. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 7″.

Unframed: $250.00

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Alley Art: Discovering Wabi-Sabi

The Great Bay Art Gallery’s summer show is opening this evening. The reception is 5-8pm. I’m honored to be one of the twenty something artists and poets participating in the invitation only exhibition. Each artist or poet was assigned one of Somers Point’s allies. We each created art or poetry about the alley. Our focus was to find beauty in decay. The alley I was assigned was Miller Lane, the closest alley to the gallery. Here are the watercolor paintings I created on site this summer:

Green Bins. Watercolor and Ink on Paper. 5″ x 5″

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Purple Bins. Watercolor and Ink on Paper. 5″ x 5″.

$200.00

Sun Kissed. Watercolor and Ink on Paper. 5″ x 7″

$275.00

And my least “Wabi-Sabi” of the four:

A Glance Down Miller Lane. Watercolor and Ink on Paper. 5″ x 7″.

$275.00

I Love Ocean City, NJ

Every summer, every Wednesday night, the Ocean City Fine Arts League has a plein air event. Every week they give out cash prizes to artists. Artists from all over New Jersey create gorgeous paintings of the small businesses on Asbury Avenue, Ocean City’s downtown shopping district. Judging is at 8 pm. I painted this watercolor of the beautiful and blue Butterfly Boutique on this past Wednesday. It won second place.

 

Beautiful Blues. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 7″.

Unframed: $250.00

Beautiful Bordentown

This weekend I had the honor of participating in Bordentown’s first plein air Paint the Town event. The event was hosted by the prestigious Farnsworth Gallery. Over twenty artists took part in the three day paint out. On Sunday, the paintings were presented by the gallery to the public. It was a joy creating watercolors of historic Bordentown, New Jersey. Working along side such talented people was truly inspiring.

Oliver Dusk. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 7″.

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Leave the Light On. Watercolor and ink on paper. 7″ x 5″.

Unframed: $275.00

 

A Nice Neighbor. Watercolor and ink on paper. 7″ x 5″.

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Study for “A Nice Neighbor”. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 5″

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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

 

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

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

Store Down the Shore

This watercolor painting of a Jersey shore store front won first place in the July 6th Ocean City Paint Out. Shop windows in vacation towns are always eye catching. Something about that orange dress demanded to be painted.

Down the Shore Store. Watercolor and Ink on paper. 7″ x 6″ (17.8 cm x 15.2 cm).

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Feel free to join me at next Wednesday’s Evenings Along Asbury plein air painting event.

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