Same River Twice

Below are two watercolors of the same river. The top painting won first place at the 2010 Cumberland County Plein Air Competition hosted by Gallery 50 and the Cumberland County Cultural Alliance.

Always Changing. Watercolor and ink on paper. 8.5″ x 5″.

Unframed: $225.00

Always Flowing. Watercolor and ink on paper. 8.5″x5″.

Unframed: $200.00

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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Back to the Drawing Room

The Noyes Museum’s art creation club, The Drawing Room, now meets on Tuesday nights instead of Wednesdays. I am still focusing on combining pen and watercolor in an elegantly balanced fashion. Each week I get closer to my goal.

Week 10:

Week 11:

Hanauma Bay

This is the fifth and final post about my fantastic trip to Hawaii.

Hanauma Bay Park is perhaps the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.

The day spent there was full of snorkeling, site seeing, swimming, and sun bathing. My drawings were quick as I was torn between enjoying the sunny activities and capturing the beauty with my pen.

Here are a few sketches of people I saw while on the The Bus riding to the bay:

Shopping in Paradise

It is hard to describe a trip to Waikiki without mentioning the shopping district. From ABC‘s to shopping malls, downtown Honolulu is covered in stores. Below is a painting of a shave ice stand tucked away in an alley by the beach.

The International Market is a bustling collection of  cart vendors, street performers, and outdoor shops. Tropical plants combined with the perpetually perfect Hawaiian weather make the whole set up beautiful. Please click to enlarge the following image as I don’t think the thumbnail does it justice.

Women’s fashion on the island can be summed by sun dresses and swim suits.

Where there is retail there are food courts. This Tiki Burger hut was charming.

This cat resides at my favorite restaurant on Oahu, Ramen Nakamura.

Hotel in Waikiki

We stayed at the Courtyard Marriot in Waikiki. Here is a watercolor painting of the pool in the beautiful courtyard of their namesake.

The view from our room:

My favorite part of the hotel room was this lamp. I drew it with great affection:

The most interesting thing to draw in all of Hawaii were the banyan trees. The drawing below is of a tree by the playground in the zoo. Tomorrow, I will present my animal drawings from a day at the Honolulu Zoo.

Final Destination

From Saint Paul International Airport in Minnesota we got on a plane and landed in Oahu, Hawaii.

Much like my last vacation, I carried a sketchbook everywhere I went. The above painting is of Diamond Head from a beach in Waikiki. Over the next few blog entries, I’ll share with you little snippets of my Hawaiian trip.

The hibiscus is Hawaii’s state flower. They are everywhere on the islands! If you put a flower behind your right ear in your hair, it means you are available. If the flower is placed on the left side, it means you are taken.

In the following drawing I’ve illustrated how Kevin and I drank coffee as a toddler in half a spider-man suit repeatably walked up to the stage and stole a show with his own version of the hula dance.

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Product Placement

Here is last night’s three hour painting of downtown Ocean City. I will be participating in their open air competition every Wednesday this summer except for next week. Let me know if you’re in the area on vacation. We can meet up for water ice, or a Coke if that’s your thing.

Product Placement. Watercolor and ink on paper. 8.5″ x 5″.

Framed and ready to hang: $150.00

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New York Avenue School Mural

The aquatic mural at New York Avenue School is my first mural in conjunction with Stockton’s Center for Community Schools. The program is designed to bring art, culture, and life skills to the children of Atlantic City. Unlike my other work on this blog, the under water mural is not something I painted alone. The children of New York Avenue school aided in the design and painting of this mural. Their art teacher, Ms. Liz Parsons, also was a part of the ocean mural’s creation. Sharing the process of making a mural was a joy. The children learned a lot and have a wall in their school they can forever be proud of. Our finished coral reef is gorgeous.

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Meet the Lobstermens

I present to you Habee and Sophia Lobstermen.

Am I sure the model for Habee was a male and the model for Sophia female? No.  But Habee and Sophia can’t tell either, because lobsters don’t see gender. All they see is angry.

Habee Lobstermen. Ink on cotton paper. 5″x5″.

Unframed: $100.00

Sophia Lobstermen. Ink on cotton paper. 5″x5″.

Unframed: $100.00

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