Sunday, July 29, 2012

Summer Art Camp

Impressionist Art
This week we were inspired by bright vivid color and outdoor scenery in a nod to the Impressionist painters of long ago.

Garden markers and Seaside themed plates handmade by the artists and glazed with beautiful, tropical colors.

Portraying the fleeting feeling of a scene with with dabs and dashes of color. 

 Building a cottage with cardboard, torn paper, starch and paint.
Three little cottages built with care.

Because every artist needs to eat! 

Capture each moment and keep on creating.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Mid Summer

Along the beach

Bright pops of goldenrod, lemon and cadmium yellow are captured with an impressionistic lens. 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Beach entertainment after dark

Images I captured during a summertime walk along the boardwalk after dark.

Evening entertainment along the boardwalk provided by Beach Street USA

Another reason to love the season of summer!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Summer Art Camp

Surfer Girls
A  group of beach girls gather together for a week of surf related art.
Handmade pottery surfboards and surfboard wall hooks are first on the agenda.
The girls create surfboards and wall hooks from a slab of clay.
The clay boards and hooks are kiln fired and painted.
Fired hooks and surfboards ready to hang.
For our second project the girls designed a papier mache beach house.
Custom built colorful beach homes and cabana's ready to display.  

Impressionist Beach Bucket Paintings
To create an impressionist style painting the girls add color to their canvas with dabs of paint from a warm or cool color palette.
In order to make the hand drawn sand pails stand out from the background, the girls paint them in colors from the opposite color palette.
Impressionist beach pail paintings ready for the art show.

Into the kitchen

Surfer girls enjoying their cupcakes moments before the art show.

Thanks girls for another fun and inspirational week!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sign of summer

Just a reminder to slow down and enjoy the waning days of summertime.

Live simply and make every moment count.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Oceanfront Cafe

Outdoor dining beside the boardwalk

Summer vacationers enjoy the atmosphere of an oceanfront cafe amidst lush, sun-dappled tropical color. 

This image is part of my Coastal Color Collection - Fine art prints inspired by my life in a beach town. To see more from this collection, please click here.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Beach Games

Guarding our shores

A little bit of summer fun after a day spent serving and saving finds Virginia beach lifeguards enjoying a game of tug-o-war.  Left unseen on the other end is an additional group of guards pulling just as hard.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Summer art camp

Hawaiian Luau
An imaginary journey to the Islands provides bright and colorful inspiration for two little surfer girls who are also neighbors and best friends - one of whom will be moving with her family back to the West Coast over the summer. Therefore, an art vacation was just the ticket for a memorable time together.

The theme for this week was a surfing trip to the Islands which highlighted our love for the ocean and things related to the beach.
Hand built pottery surfboards and pottery wall hooks.
Cut out surfboard shapes from a slab of clay and smooth edges of surfboard design.
With tropical themed cookie cutters, create out clay designs and attach them to the surfboard.
Set clay surfboard and wall hooks aside to dry then fire in the kiln.
Paint fired pieces with non-toxic pottery glazes, then refire in the kiln.

Kiln fired and ready to hang.
Romero Britto Beach Painting
Sketch beach design onto 16x20 inch canvas.
Outline all shapes with a black sharpie.  Using bright, tropical colors add paint to the canvas.
Enjoy the company of your best friend as you paint something special together.
Paintings in Process.
The colorful surfer girl paintings finished and ready to display.
Foam core surfboards
Cut surfboard shape from a large piece of foam core board, draw design with pencil, outline with black sharpie and paint with acrylic paints.
Ready for a day at the beach!
Cupcake time
Prepare batter
Mix together all ingredients, pour into cupcake pan, place into the oven, cook and...
Aloha girls - thanks for a great week.