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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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

Wish We Were Here

Sadly, the summer is winding down. Evenings Along Asbury in Ocean City is my favorite part of summers in NJ. This week was the last Evening Along Asbury of 2011. It was a great summer. Can’t wait until next year.

I painted the exterior of Jon and Patty’s Coffee Bar and Bistro. The owners of this establishment donated prizes to the Arts League every week. Support local businesses that support the arts!

We Wish Were Here. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 7″.

SOLD

Shore View

It pains me to admit that the summer is almost gone. Next week will be the last Evenings Along Asbury of 2011. It’s been a beautiful year for plein air painting. This week’s work:

Asbury Avenue. Watercolor and ink on paper. 6″ x 4.5″.

Unframed: $150.00

Corner Store

Below is last night’s weekly Ocean City painting.


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

Unframed: $200

Summer Sweet Shop

I love summer. I love sweets. I love how this mid July painting of a candy shop turned out. Chocolate covered strawberries, mmmmm.

Summer Sweet Shop. 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).

SOLD

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

Coffee Shop Corner

This past month, some of my small watercolor works were on display at Grooveground in Collingswood, NJ. To commemorate the occasion, I painted this wet sketch of Grooveground’s interior.

Coffee Shop Corner. Watercolor and ink on cotton paper. 6″ x 5″

Unframed: $100.00

A Window and Strings

As I’ve mentioned, this summer I’m participating in dowtown Ocean City’s weekly painting event. Last week, it looked like rain. I asked Grass Roots Music if I could paint the interior of thier Asbury Avenue store. Not only did the owner say yes, but I was introduced to the many talented people who work and hang out there. I hope the  resulting painting captures the welcoming atmosphere of the guitar shop.

A Window and Strings. Watercolor and ink on paper. 8.5″ x 5″.

SOLD

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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″.

SOLD

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