Constructive Criticism

I graduated college six years ago this month. The thing I miss about art school is honest critique from my piers. My time at the Savannah College of Art Design taught me that you can never see your painting as others do. Honest critique is pivotal for the growth of an artist.

As time goes by, I make more connections within the art world. In this grown up art world, constructive criticism is frowned upon. This is something I often forget. My biggest social blunders come from discussing a painting with its creator. I mean no harm with my comments. Just the opposite, a painting that demands critique is a painting I adore. College taught me that the only improvement comes from understanding weakness. How am I supposed to improve if everyone is too afraid to offend by speaking the truth? Feedback is something I crave, so it is something I give freely. One day, I will meet an artist who will crit my work freely. In return I will give the helpful criticism SCAD taught me to dish out. Until then, I should learn to shut my big, fat mouth.

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

Unframed: $250.00

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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

The Clayton House

Last night, I attended my last college party ever. One of my closest friends just graduated. This marks the end of an era. To commemorate the occasion, I painted a picture of the table on which I’ve played countless games of Kings, War, Bull, Clever Endeavor, the Drawing Game, and other drinking favorites.

It was a fun time, but, you know what? I’m happy to end that chapter of my life. I was never very good at beer pong.

Last College Party. Watercolor and Ink on Paper. 9″ x 12″.

SOLD

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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!

Big, Comfy Chair

My newest watercolor is of a large and welcoming chair.

Comfy Chair. Watercolor and ink on paper. 6″ x 5″.

Unframed: $150.00

During Last Night’s Snow Storm

I painted this.  The warmth of the piece is very satisfying.

Violet Night. Watercolor and ink on paper. 8″ x 11.5″

Unframed: $225.00

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Rose Madder Room

Painted this interior with a base of genuine rose madder. The entire room smelled like flowers before the second layer. It was a great experience.

Rose Room. Watercolor and ink on paper. 8.5″ x 5″.

Unframed: $150.00

Diner Place Setting

I drew this while visiting my brother at the Crystal Lake Diner in Haddon Township. Not my best drawing of a salt shaker, but not my worst.

Coffee for One

A drawing from one of my frequent trips to the Sunryser, my favorite breakfast nook.

Coffee for One. Ink on paper. 5″x5.”

Unframed: $75.00

Sketchbook Saturday Ya Ta Daaaa!

Drew this while getting my oil changed.

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