Live Music

Nothing makes me want to create more than experiencing live music. Performance fills me with inspiration. Below is a drawing of my good friend Sean Breslin. Last Friday, he played at Grooveground. I was there, and so were a lot of my friends and family. It was a wonderful evening. Music brings people together in a way I’m not sure visual art can. If you get a chance, check out Sean’s music. Powerful stuff.

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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

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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A House Portrait

I think I may like painting portraits of houses more than painting portraits of people. Houses have such visible personality.

Green House. Watercolor and ink on paper. 8″ x 11.5″ (20.3 cm x 29.2 cm)

SOLD

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

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


Buffering

Here is a small ACEO I painted in about fifteen minutes. It is a small sketch of a tiny corner in Philadelphia.

I’ve made a resolution to visit Philly once a week this summer. Expect more urban sketches.

City Sketch. Ink and watercolor on matte board. 2.5″x3.5″ (6.4cmx8.9cm).

Unframed: $15.00

Home Brew

A few friends of mine home brew their own beers, wines, ciders, and mead.  I do not, but it does not stop me from occasionally tagging along while they work. This was painted while a dark coffee stout was transferred to a secondary container. It is another watercolor piece of a kitchen that is not my own.

Someone Else’s Kitchen. Watercolor and ink on paper. 7″ x 6″.

Unframed: $200.00

Entry #3

What was that?

Another abstract painting inspired by the work of MarbleHornets.

Entry 3 1:19. Mixed media 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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