Sunday, June 12, 2011

2011 Cranford Plein Air Event - Concluded

Out of 150 beautiful paintings entered into the Cranford Plein Air Event, my painting “Dinosaur of Nomahegan” was the first sale of the evening! My painting of Ellis Island was also sold shortly after.

There was a very strong list of participating artists; a great show all around and a welcomed turn out of art collectors arrived Saturday night lifting everyone’s spirits after a long week of painting in record heat. Thank you to everyone who stopped in to show their support.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

2011 Cranford Plein Air Event - Continued

The Cranford Plein air event is nearing an end. The Pre-Sale Gala opens tonight and tomorrow (Sunday June 11, 2011) the show is free to the public. Click here for more info and show hours:

I shared my first painting entry in my previous post. The following are my final two entries for this event. I actually painted 4 and a half total; one was started late in the evening and requires another painting session to complete. The other turned out very nice and I will post that one soon.

Water Under the Bridge; Oil, 6x12 inches
Painted at Sperry Park, Cranford NJ. On one of the hottest days of this summer.

Dinosaur of Nomahegan: Oil, 8x10 inches.
Painted at Nomahegan Park, Cranford NJ.

This one calls for some explanation. I spotted this fun subject in last years plein air event but I ran out of time to paint it. This dinosaur is set on giant springs as part of a playground activity for children...okay, so I may have hopped on it myself when nobody was looking.

I simply appreciated the humor of the subject. Also, after watching some of the other artists in this event paint the more predictable (yet still, very well painted) around the town subjects I just couldn’t pass up painting the Dinosaur of Nomahegan. After hearing a “That’s so cool!” from a kid zipping by on his BMX bike as I was well into this painting I knew I was on the right track.

If you’re in the Cranford area this weekend, stop in to see the show before it ends Sunday.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

2011 Cranford Plein Air Event

I am participating in the 2011 Cranford Plein Air Event which is happening as I write this post. The event started on Tuesday June 7th and ends Sunday June 12th. The painting shown above is my kick-off painting for the competition: “Afternoon Reflection”, oil on linen, 8x10 inches; painted at the beautiful Nomahegan Park in Cranford, NJ 

Each participant is required to complete 3 finished paintings that will be up for judging and prizes. We’re also allowed an additional 3 paintings to offer for sale that were not painted during the competition. The following are the finished 3 that I have entered.  

 Life Saving Station @ Sandyhook, NJ Oil 12x12.

US Coast Guard @ Sandyhook Oil 8x10.

Ellis Island Acrylic 8x10.

All of the paintings posted here were created on location. There will also be a “Quick Draw” Event Saturday. Paintings created for that event will also be for sale. All paintings will be on display and for sale at the Cranford Community Center this Saturday and Sunday.

Follow this link for more event information:

I had better sign off and get back to painting.