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Grounds for Sculpture

  

I visited Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey back in May. The sculpture park is a beautiful place to spend the day. There was a Seward Johnson retrospective going on which included some larger sculptures (like the Marilyn Monroe statue) which usually travel around the country. The colorful flowers and breathtaking landscapes make GFS a wonderful destination for taking photos and even plein air painting. Since the park is open all year long you can experience the sculptures in different ways as the seasons change. Some of the sculptures can be (gently) touched and interaction with the art is encouraged. Throughout the park are three dimensional reproductions of French paintings which would be a great way to introduce children to art history. There are also indoor sculpture galleries with rotating exhibits.

I would love to spend a leisurely day there drawing and taking pictures.

  
   
    
    
 

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Boardwalk

The Boardwalk at Wildwood

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Things I Love Thursday: Retro Travel and Hipstamatic

Wildwood Boardwalk

During the last week or two I have been reminiscing about past trips to Wildwood and looking at a lot of photos on Flickr and Wildwood discussion boards for inspiration for our next trip. One of the reasons I wanted to go to Wildwood last year was to capture the retro beauty of Wildwood through the Hipstamatic lenses. We are taking a short trip there again and I’m really excited about taking pictures because there are so many new lenses and films to use since our last visit. There are so many different aspects to focus on, such as neon signs, doowop architecture, the boardwalk and diners.

While searching Wildwood sites I found the RetroRoadmap blog. I love this blog because it has the same type of sensibilities that I have. It brings back memories of road trips with my family where we would stop at roadside attractions (like a house where water ran up hill) and buy fun things like apple head dolls.

Here are some old photos from last years trip that I hadn’t posted before:

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Things I Love Thursday: The (Real) New Jersey Shore

The Caribbean Motel

The Caribbean Motel in Wildwood, ArtRage on iPad

I recently read an article about how the Jersey Shore reality show has helped out the economy in Seaside Heights this summer. I hope that people who go to the shore get to discover other parts of the towns and beaches as well because each one has it’s own unique personality. I was reminiscing about all the different beaches in New Jersey that I’ve visited, and how the places I’ve visited have changed as I’ve gone through different stages of my life. This is a partial list of places and ages:

Sandy Hook – I went to Sandy Hook with camp as a child because it was a free beach and it was pretty low key

Asbury Park – I went there as a teen around the same time the Clash were playing at the convention hall and saw punks play mini golf

Seaside Heights – In college I went to Seaside because they had great bars and a fun boardwalk

Point Pleasant – Another fun boardwalk with Martell’s Tiki Bar where we used to get the best steamed crab legs

Avon – A very quiet beach that has quaint bed & breakfasts

Wildwood – Wildwood is where we have vacationed the last several years. One of the things I love about Wildwood is the Doo Wop architecture. You feel like you have stepped back in time as you drive by the neon lit retro motels that line the main strip. The Boardwalk is very family oriented and has a lot of the rides we remember from when we were kids. Last summer I took a lot of Hipstamatic photos of the motels and boardwalk and created some paintings on my iPad. Last summer we stayed at the Caribbean Motel and I loved the retro look. It had a magical, nostalgic feeling that reminded me of vacations I took as a child.

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FGT! Unreal Estate by Firma: Sketchbook Pro and ArtRage

FGT! Unreal Estate by firma (emanuel a marchiafava)

I created this picture for the Flickr group Fingerpaint This! Each week we interpret a Flickr member’s photo using only our mobile devices. I especially love when the subject is a landscape. I was thinking of Wolf Kahn’s ethereal pastel paintings when I did this. If you go to my Flickr stream you can see the original source photo in the comments. I’m hoping to get out doors this summer and do some plein air painting soon.

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Wordless Wednesday: I’ve Looked at Clouds From Both Sides Now….

Mothers Day 2011, originally uploaded by Ritaflo.

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Wordless Wednesday: Down by the River

Down by the River, originally uploaded by Ritaflo.

Hipstamatic – Chunky Lens and Ina’s 1935

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