Shark Week

It has come to my attention that it is Shark Week, so here is a watercolor shark.

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Lies and Good Intentions

I got bored with the seven deadly sins thing. So yeah, that series is over now. Here are a couple hares and my condolences.

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

 

 

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

Skinny People

I struggle with drawing people who are clinically underweight. It seems no matter who I draw, they end up smaller than in real life. If said person starts small, they end up absurdly tiny. This is something I need to work on. All people are beautiful, and I should be able to portray them accurately.

The Camera Adds Ten Pounds. Watercolor and ink on cotton paper. 6″ x 5.5″ (15.2cm x 14cm).

Unframed: $225.00

November News

Two of my paintings were accepted into the Ocean City Arts Center‘s Annual Juried Art Show. I also have a few pieces showing at the Ocean City Fine Arts League‘s Anything Goes Show. Both receptions are this Friday evening, so if you’re in the area please stop in.

Maybe Marmora. Watercolor and ink on cotton paper. 7″ x 5.5″.

Unframed: $225.00

Refresher

Nothing like a twenty minute still life to refresh the basics. Very wet on wet watercolors on cotton paper.

Chirp chirp. Watercolor paint on paper. 6″ x 5.5″ (15.2cm x 14cm).

Unframed: $100.00

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

Freshly Painted

Sometimes, when I can’t sleep, I just lie in bed and worry about silly things that never seem to matter much in the morning. Other times, when I can’t sleep, I get out of bed and paint instead.

Midnight Issues. Watercolor, ink, salt, and worries on paper. 6″ x 5.5″.

Unframed: $200.00

Return to Marble Hornets

After a short break, I’ve continued my slender paintings. Below is entry 6.

Entry 6 0:27. Mixed media on paper. 5″ x 5″.

Unframed: $250.00

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