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″

$200.00

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

Lady Luck

Atlantic City and I have a love hate relationship, but warm weather is coming so we may be setting aside our differences.

 

Visit Sunny Atlantic City. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 5″.

Unframed: $250

 

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

Balloon Walk

This morning I painted on the New Jersey boardwalk. Painting amusement park rides was a lot of fun.

On a fantastic note, I got married on Sunday. I’m in the middle of changing my name legally. This is the first piece I’ve created as Jennifer Tracy.

Balloon Walk. Watercolor and ink on paper. 9″ x 12″.

Unframed: $350.00

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)

SOLD

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.

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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Painting in the Sun

Wednesday was this year’s first Evenings Along Asbury. In the summer time, Ocean City’s downtown has a weekly plein air competition. The shops set up flags along the main street at designated painter’s points. An artist has between 5 pm and 7:45 pm to make a painting at that location. My small watercolor took about two and a half hours to create. In it I continued exploring the incorporation of ink drawing in my colored work. I am very proud and grateful to say that my painting received the first place prize this week.  Below is my watercolor rendition of Asbury Ave seen from the front of Primo’s.

Candy Coated. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 8.5″.

SOLD

Also, here is a short montage advertising  the weekly event.

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