Under the Apple Tree

Last night Asbury Park presented a special USO Pin Ups Dr. Sketchy’s. All profits went to the Wounded Warrior Project. The turn out was wonderful. Our glorious models were Victoria Belmont, Missy Heather, Rachel Bufano, Sammi Macabre Macabe, Carolyn Anne, Kristin Brad Wilson, and Tiffany Loretta. There was a special performance by Linda Zadzielski – Van Wagner.

Twenty minute pose of Carolyn and Victoria being adorable:

Twenty minute pose of Tiffany:

 

Twenty minute pose of Carolyn and Sammi:

 

Ten minute pose of Tiffany:

 

Five minute pose of Rachel:

 

Five minute pose of Missy:

 

Two five minute poses, Kristin and Sammi:

 

 

Two minute pose of Missy:

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Live Music

Nothing makes me want to create more than experiencing live music. Performance fills me with inspiration. Below is a drawing of my good friend Sean Breslin. Last Friday, he played at Grooveground. I was there, and so were a lot of my friends and family. It was a wonderful evening. Music brings people together in a way I’m not sure visual art can. If you get a chance, check out Sean’s music. Powerful stuff.

Starlight Ballroom

Last night, I showed at the annual Reflections fashion event at the Starlight Ballroom in Philadelphia. Watching masses of people look at my work is a nerve wrackingly voyeuristic experience. Especially when the music is too loud to eavesdrop.  To ease my mind, I painted.

Of In. Watercolor and ink on cotton paper. 6″ x 5.5″ (15.2cm x 14cm).

Unframed: $175.00

Many skilled, visual artists were showing with me. Please take moment to check out the work of Cherry Buttons, Mizz Mechanique, and Linda Guenste.

The main focus of the evening was fashion. The air was thick with beauty, music, sex, and clove cigarettes.

Not So Human Beings. Ink on paper. 6″ x 5.5″ (15.2cm x 14cm).

Unframed: $100.00


The Heart of New York

Union Square stole my heart. Something about this corner of New York is different. The materialism fades, the cliques meld, and eye contact with strangers is made. If I lived near NYC I would paint this park all the time. This was painted on site, looking down Broadway from the steps of Union Square.

When Honest. Watercolor and ink on cotton paper. 6″ x 5.5″ (15.2cm x 14cm).

Unframed: $225.00

The heart of New York is obvious. It’s the people. During my visit I drew residents and tourists alike. Even as an outsider, it was easy to make out who was who. I drew them in parks, in museums, at protests, and on trains. It was my goal to draw fast enough to not get caught. Here are a couple pages of my discreet sketches.

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

The Clockwork Queen

Just because I’ve never seen a machine elf, doesn’t mean I don’t believe.

Clockwork Queen. Watercolor and ink on paper. 7″ x 5.5″.

Unframed: $150.00

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

Sketchbook Splash

It’s Sketchbook Saturday and, as you can see, my sketchbook has gained a lot more color lately.

The following was doodled while watching Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn.

Color Challenge, Orange and Blue

This was my first week participating in a Color Combo Challenge. The colors were “tropical orange and blue.”  Below is a watercolor self portrait created to meet the color requirements.

Tropical Orange and Blue. Watercolor and ink on paper. 6″ x 5″.

Unframed: $200.00

On another note, this is the last week to see my works over at Casciano Coffee Bar and Sweetery in Hammonton, New Jersey. Don’t miss it!

Vinyl Toys

Lets celebrate this Sketchbook Saturday with a couple ink drawings of vinyl toys.

Kathie Olivas’s Brody from her The Scavengers series:

Peskimo’s Albie from Bamboo Zoo:

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