Aug 28, 2015

Bake Or Fry?

This is how I turn a lemon into lemonade. Once I start a drawing, I must finish it. That is the rule I have given myself. I started to draw this woman. It seemed easy to do because she was sleeping for a few hours. Once I began, she got up and left the beach. I was stuck with a half done sketch. So I had to come up with a solution. Back at the beach house, I found a frying pan and propped it up on some newspapers so I had the right angle. Then I made it look like she was sitting in the frying pan. Decades in advertising taught me how to be clever. I'm constantly amusing myself.

Aug 27, 2015

Tanning Moms

A couple of slightly plastic surgeoned mothers sat next to me one day. They constantly jumped up and chased after their sons. "Don't swim too far out. Don't drift too far down the beach." You get the idea. The sons were fine swimmers and were mostly mortified by their moms behavior. Their crazy activity kept them occupied and unaware of what I was doing. Their husbands were nowhere to be found. Probably working on Wall street and happy to get rid of everyone for a week.

Aug 26, 2015

Killer Seagulls

Seagulls are different from when I was a kid. Today they are like vultures. At the beach, they swoop down on people's blankets and go through their possessions. Kid's lunches are stolen right out of their hands. Sometimes they work in packs using criminal tactics. They create distractions while other gulls go in for the robbery. The seagulls today are the size of eagles. So please, don't feed the seagulls. No good will come of it.

Aug 25, 2015


Because I draw, I keep my eye open. I see things most people don't. Take these 2 for instance. Spotted them out of the corner of my eye. The perfect compliment to my collection of drawings of people sitting on the beach. My mom said people were inquiring about the guy drawing on the beach. I didn't really show anyone what I was doing. i think the town would have burned me at the stake.

Aug 24, 2015

Valet Parking

After superstorm Sandy, people realized they could park in places that they had not thought of before. My parents neighbors are one such example.

Aug 21, 2015

Cooking Oil

Another generation or 2 ago, people used to go to the beach and cover themselves in oil. Then they would take tin foil and stick it under their chin and bake themselves like George Hamilton. Doctors found out that this was like, not a good thing. We have since learned about skin cancer and protecting ourselves from the sun. Do the sun in moderation. So I was a bit surprised to encounter this old geezer who was still covering himself with oil and baking out in the sun for hours on end. His tan did not even look good but I'm sure he thought he was gorgeous as a result. There were all sorts of bad sun spots on top of his head but he just went right on cooking. I sat with a hat on under a giant umbrella drawing his dumb ass.

Aug 20, 2015

Granny Goes To The Beach

Yun and I have been spending a lot of time at the beach as you can tell from my drawings. We dragged her grandmother there with us too. She hadn't been to a beach in over 20 years. We put a giant hat on her to protect her from the sun. It was quite windy and she was getting blown around but she loved it. She looked very tiny in the beach chair. I drew her knitting because it kept her busy while I was sketching. She was not aware of what I was doing which made it possible to paint her without her fussing about.

Aug 17, 2015

Disappearing Act

This is the most beautiful painting I did on the beach. When I started out drawing old ladies, this victim sat just to the left of me. She was a constant fidgeter. Even though I knew she was a problem to draw because she constantly changed positions, I went ahead and tried to paint her anyway. I didn't intend for it to turn out like this. She had no clue she was being drawn and yet her OCD movements were driving me nuts. At one point early on, she just up and left but I love this painting anyway.