Beautiful Strangers

As my loyal blog follower, you have surely noticed my works’ subject matter has shifted from places to people. This shift has not been easy. I strongly dislike working from photographs, but cannot afford to hire private models. So many of my people paintings have been painted secretly, on trains, at open mics, and in crowded bowling allies.

If I perceive the stranger depicted isn’t paying attention to me (the weirdo with her paints out in public), I will create one of these quick portraits.  I do not know these women. They do not know me.

Despite not know these anonymous women, I think the portraits capture a lot of personality. The colors chosen show if the stranger is warmly approachable or distantly cold. Their expressions give a glimpse into their inner characters.

I hope to keep painting portraits. My goal is to soon hire a beautiful stranger to model so I may flesh out one of these wet sketch into a completed piece.

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The True Meaning of the Holidays

Is toys!

No, just kidding. But really, Christmas is much better when children are around. Here’s a painting of a toy train. Go buy some kid a toy. No socks.

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

Unframed: $200.00

 

 

Three Years of Collingswood

Every August, Perkins Center for the Arts hosts a rendering contest. A building in Collingswood, NJ is chosen to be drawn. This is the third year I’ve participated in the competition. I am very thankful for this yearly opportunity to publicly paint with other artists in the area.

The first year (2008), I made this painting of a church on Haddon Avenue. Last year, the chosen building was the Collingswood PATCO station. My pencil rendering of its interior received second place.

Tickets, Please. Graphite on paper. 9″x12.”

Framed and ready to hang: $175.00

This year’s building was the Perkins Center for the Arts. I chose to work in the watercolor and ink pen style I’ve been experimenting with all summer.  Yesterday, my piece won first place in the painting category.

Perky. Watercolor and Ink on Paper. 8.5″ x5.”

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