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:

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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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.

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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