Today I took a quick trip to the One River School of Art and Design in Englewood, New Jersey. The school just had its grand opening in August and features classes in traditional art as well as digital art for children, teens and adults. I also visited the One River Gallery inside the school which had its inaugural exhibition “Two Rivers” featuring artists working in Brooklyn. The gallery is large and beautifully lit and will feature exhibitions by emerging as well as midcareer artists. I am really excited about and looking forward to all their programs and future exhibits.
A painting by Eric Inkala
The Reception Area
The Reception Area
The Art Studio where classes are held
This is a portrait of watercolor artist Anne Watkins for Julia Kay’s Portrait Party
Anne was one of the first people that I created a portrait of when the portrait party was just beginning. I was fortunate to meet her in real life at a portrait party meetup in NYC around the time of the Mobile Artcon in 2010. I wanted to do another portrait of her using Inkpad since my earlier portraits were more like digital collages.
A digital collage using addlib and Brushes apps
Last weekend we took a second visit to Asbury Park to see the Boardwalk and some other places that we missed on our first visit. Beach season was officially over but the boardwalk was still hopping with tourists, locals and street musicians. There were food stands in colorful shipping “containers” between the shops and restaurants. We had funnel cake and lemonade while listening to a trio dressed kind of like steampunk gypsies singing about vampires. We walked past a lot of the landmarks, like Madame Marie’s stand from Bruce’s song (yes, it really does exist), the Stone Pony, and The Convention Center. At the Wonder Bar they were having an outdoor Yappy Hour, where people brought their dogs. There were more Shepard Fairey murals beyond the main drag.
The Convention Center
The Convention Center is filled with little shops and bars
We could hear a musician playing guitar and singing a Door’s song here while walking on the beach
McLoone’s Asbury Grille, formerly a Howard Johnsons
Shepard Fairey murals
The Asbury Park Boardwalk is timeless, with architecture from several different eras standing side by side. Some of the buildings reminded me of Giorgio de Chirico’s isolated landscapes. Music is a big part of the Boardwalk and you can’t help but think of your favorite summer songs from when you were growing up.
This is a portrait of Flickr Artist Gina Marie for Julia Kay’s portrait party. I used a combination of Inkpad and ArtRage to give it a more painterly and textured effect.
We visited Asbury Park again over the weekend. There will be more photos in the next day or two.
Portrait of Amanda-inkpad and Picgrunger on iPad
This week I received Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Auto Orchestra’s Theater is Evil CD and book from her Kickstarter campaign. I loved slicing open the cellophane on the book/CD holder and the “new book smell”. It brought back memories of my younger days of bringing home CDs and records from the record store and opening them up anticipating the artwork and the lyrics in the inner sleeve. The book is beautifully made and filled with the lyrics and artwork that was commissioned from different artists to go with each song.
The KickStarter Bundle including a thank you card and list of concerts
I have been following Amanda Palmer for several years on Twitter (I think she was the 130th person who I followed on Twitter) and I have discovered a lot of artist through her Twitter feed. I became aware of Molly Crabapple and Dr. Sketchy because of Amanda Palmer’s Twitter, which led me to drawing with various Dr. Sketchy branches in New York and New Jersey. One Dr. Sketchy highlight for me was a session based on Neil Gaiman’s (Amanda’s Husband) Sandman which featured Stoya as Death. So you can say that Amanda Palmer’s Twitter feed has been a big influence on my art over the last two years.
Stoya as Death, Sketchbook Pro on IPad
I’ve been listening to the CD a lot over the last couple of days. It’s a great CD to draw and paint to, I will be played frequently in my studio. This is the first CD I’ve bought in maybe over a year since getting most of my music on iTunes. I also got to see the live webcast of her Webster Hall show. I am hoping to get to see her live soon because her shows look amazing.
Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, Inkpad, PicGrunger and Sketchbook Pro on iPad