Any day at the beach…

is better than (fill in the blank). Here’s a quick sketch of the fishing pier in Avalon New Jersey. The day was windy and chilly; the surf was rough, so I made a pencil sketch of the scene while on the beach, and then washed in my impression when we got back to our shore rental. My watercolor professor in college had a mantra – “Never lose your whites”. Thanks, Mr. Grossman!

This is watercolor wash on a piece of bristol board.

Lone Tomato

So there was a lone, home grown tomato sitting on the kitchen table, innocently reflecting the daylight from two windows while simultaneously picking up the warm color of the tablecloth it was resting on. I did my best to immortalize it, because tomatoes don’t last too long in this home. Especially when there’s bacon in the ‘fridge.

Watercolor wash on a corner of a piece of Arches paper.

In the Shadow of Matisse

On occasion, observers of some of my figure drawings have commented that they “look like a Matisse”. While I’m flattered by that comparison, I have no illusions of being in the Master’s league. But I don’t mind paying him tribute, because his work was, and still is a big influence on me. So, here’s a tribute to the master himself, inspired by one of our talented Thursday night workshop models. My readers will no doubt recognize her from past entries.

Watercolors on Arches paper.