Before the Wharf Opens

"Before the Wharf Opens"
Oil on Canvas
During our cross country road trip, we stayed over night in Monterey, CA.  This one one of my favorite spots we stopped - and hope to go back and visit for a few more days.  Because of the time difference, I was up at sunrise and decided to sneak down to the wharf, right down the street from our hotel.  I grabbed a steamy cup of coffee from the cafe next to the hotel and walked a few blocks.  Although I was one of the first people to arrive, there were plenty of barking seals there to greet me.

Upcoming Show Info-

This weekend, we are headed up to Amagansett, NY for their fine art festival.  Nana will be here with the boys, which will allow us some time to do some sight seeing and maybe even enjoy a nice dinner just the two of us *gasp*.  I am looking forward to seeing Montauk and the Hamptons for the first time, and hope to come back with some great reference material for future paintings.  I've heard that they have some little shop lined streets that I have to check out.

The following weekend (Sept. 8-9) is The Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square.  I will be located on State Street between Marshall and Broad.  There will be so much going on for the whole family, so this one would be a great festival to stop out for.

The last show of the summer is in New Hope Sept. 29-30 for the New Hope Arts Festival.   My booth is Y-309.  This is a well established festival and also will have things to do for the whole family.

After New Hope, I'll be spending all my energy on preparing for my solo show at the Phoenix Village Art Center.  We are still in the process of nailing down a month, but it is narrowed down to Jan, Feb or April.


"Frankford & Arrott"

"Frankford & Arrott"
oil on canvas
36x36 (2012)
While I traveled for my job as a rep, I used to carry my camera with me everywhere.  This one particular day I was in the city calling on a few offices in the Frankford St. area of Philadelphia.  This area is vibrant and gritty all wrapped up together, and full of little shops run by people from all different cultures.  I've wanted to tackle this piece for sometime now.

I'll be bringing it along with me to the Inner Harbor Art Festival in Baltimore this weekend.  If you are interested in purchasing the original, or prints, send me a message.


Painting for Zoe
Oil on Canvas
Just finished up a commission for a little girl who recently turned 2.  Its of the Boston Harbor, near her home, and on the 4th of July to commemorate her birthday.


"The Coal Tower"

"The Coal Tower"
oil on canvas - 20x20
We have spent a lot of time in Rochester over the summer visiting family and art festival'ing.  A quaint little spot where we like to spend time while in town is Schoen Place.  It is right on the canal, where all the ducks hang out.  There are some super yummy places to eat - you must check out Simply Crepes.  Most of all, the old industrial buildings are ever present and set a unique background for us to enjoy and me to paint!


"Park and Berkeley"

"Park and Berkeley" Rochester, NY
oil on canvas
 This was a piece that I finished up a couple of weeks ago before the Park Ave. Fest in Rochester, NY.  My sister used to live in this building, and I've dined here at Jines on many occasions.  It was sold at the festival...I was sad to see it go, but know that it went to a good home.


Park Ave Fest

Well, it is safe to say that we have now tested our tent against severe storms.  They rolled through mid afternoon on Sunday of the Park Ave Fest.  Although the weather caused the show to end a little early, it was a welcome break in the heat for a bit. 

The festival was pretty cool.  It had a very eclectic mix of artists, crafters, and food vendors.  There were also a lot of very nice vendors willing to share tips with us on setting up and displaying our paintings.  We spent some time building pvc and dropcloth display panels to house the artwork.  They did the trick at the festival, but Eric and I both agreed that it is time to upgrade to a more professional looking set up. 

You can see the panels that we built out of PVC pipe, green plastic fencing and canvas drop clothes.  This was taken on the morning of day 2.  The painting on the right is my demo piece.  The view is from the top of the old Stutson St. Bridge looking down into the marina on the Genessee River and Lake Ontario.
demo painting in progress - still un-named, 36x36, oil on canvas
I am happy to report that we won Best in Show for the Painting category.  The rain forced us to pack it up a little early, but that was ok since we were headed back home that night.   In case you are interested, the demo painting is still available.  Send me a message for more info.

***Update - the demo has SOLD 8/6/2012