Paint the Town!

It was my privilege to participate in the Farnsworth Gallery’s second annual Paint the Town plein air event. Bordentown is a gorgeous, historic city. As you may remember, I also participated last year.

This year’s watercolors:

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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

Click to enlarge image.

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″

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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

Art in the Park

Ventnor, NJ’s art community is growing fast. This evening, I went to the season’s first Art in the Park event. Hopefully I will attend many more.

No Water. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 5″.

Unframed: $200

Suburban Sickness

I know it’s not the first time, I know it’s not the last time. This town is always there for me.

Please Take Me to Suburbia. Watercolor and ink on cotton paper. 7″ x 5.5″.

Unframed: $225.00

As always, click to enlarge image. It gets prettier that way.

Life on the Streets

Painting little snippets of life on any given street is becoming a favorite past time of mine. The following two paintings are of practically random buildings. They are both quite small works. Each was completed in a relatively short amount of time. I feel the speed in which they were painted contribute to their intimacy and vitality.

Miami Security Building. Watercolor paint, pen, and ink on paper. 4.5″ x 6″ (11.4 cm x 15.2 cm).

Unframed: $100.00

Wells Fargo Corner. Watercolor paint, pen, and ink on paper. 4.5″ x 6″ (11.4 cm x 15.2 cm).

Unframed: $100.00

Flights of Fantasy

I recently finished the cover illustration for Thomas J. Kenney’s newest children’s chapter book series, Flights of Fantasy.

 

 

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).

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

Evenings Along Asbury

Last night was the first Evenings Along Asbury of the summer. Besides great community events, every Wednesday throughout the summer there is a plein air event in Ocean City. Through this paint out I have met fantastic local artists like Ryan Simmons, Chuck Law, and Martini.

As an artist, most of what I create is done in solitude. Evenings Along Asbury gives me a chance to work adjacent to other painters for an entire season. Needless to say, I look forward to it all year. It is refreshing to see the downtown come together for the sake of the arts.

The following piece was painted last night between 5 and 7:30 pm. It won third place in the first Ocean City Fine Arts paint out of 2011.

Sunset. Watercolor and Ink on paper. 7″ x 6″ (17.8 cm x 15.2 cm).

Unframed: $200.00


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

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