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One of the things I love about Spring besides the fact it signals the end of Winter, is the bright array of fresh new flowers and bushes in bloom. The red azaleas on this church property are spectacular and their size indicates they are quite old. This watercolor is another in my series of churches in my local area… Continue reading… 0 comments

The 2016 real estate market in New Jersey was very active. In recognition of this trend and the many wonderful and hardworking realtors I've met over the years, I'm continuing my realtor's discounted prices. When selecting closing gifts, I invite all realtors to check out my new Realtor Gallery on this site… Continue reading… 0 comments

If you know New Jersey, you know Califon is a rural area. This house says "rural" to me .... complete with a large porch to enjoy quiet country days. I see myself in a rocker with a cool glass of lemonade on a hot summer day… Continue reading… 0 comments

This watercolor was created for a neighbor (the owner of Creative Paving) who was a tremendous help with snow removal last Winter. He used one of his machines to remove snow and ice from my driveway, reducing my labor significantly. Thanks, Pete. House portraits are not limited to residences, but can include industrial buildings such as this one, schools, churches, railroad stations and public buildings… Continue reading… 0 comments

This watercolor was created from old photographs supplied by the Chatham, NJ Historical Society for the 2014 Centennial celebration of the Chatham, New Jersey train station. It was then turned into the poster shown, sponsored by Town and Country Realtors, and used as a fundraiser… Continue reading… 0 comments

This church is on a large piece of property in Summit, New Jersey, that for many years has housed cloistered Dominican sisters. It is a well-known structure in town at one of the main intersections; a beautiful building of stone and stained glass windows… Continue reading… 0 comments

This watercololor was created to be presented with a bid proposal to improve the facade of this downtown Berkeley Heights, New Jersey commercial building. The current Kings Market was due to move out and the building was scheduled for an update before the new occupant (rumored to be an Asian Grocery) moved in. Another example of our ever-changing world… Continue reading… 0 comments

This drawing of a brick and stone church in Chatham, New Jersey was rendered in pencil. I wasn't sure about the brick but it came out dark enough to contrast with the stone, yet light enough that the mortar lines were visible… Continue reading… 0 comments


by kitchellstudio , November 5, 2012—12:00 AM

Topics: Hurricane Sandy, NEW JERSEY, creating art, drawings

Much in life is taken for granted. We go about our day, not thinking twice about the way things work ... until loss of power and heat make everyday things a challenge. This storm has been devastating to millions of people; loss of life, home, and property. At this point, I feel very fortunate to have lost power for four days. A week after the storm many of my fellow New Jerseyans are still without power. I am also thankful my property did not flood as it did with Irene, and the basement stayed dry. The day after the storm I started thinking of how we create art. I use a light table to correct sketches and transfer drawings to watercolor paper. No electric, no light table. I used daylight coming through the window; workable, but cumbersome… Continue reading… 0 comments


by kitchellstudio , September 20, 2012—12:00 AM

Topics: NEW JERSEY, house portraits, pen & ink

I grew up in a home with a large front porch which served as a play area as well as an outdoor sitting space on those very hot, humid New Jersey nights. Older homes are special. The large porch on this one and the construction detail make a very interesting subject for a house portrait… Continue reading… 0 comments


by kitchellstudio , September 8, 2012—12:00 AM

Topics: NEW JERSEY, house portraits, landscaping, studio, watercolor

This house with its three-car garage is representative of the style homes built in New Jersey in the last two decades: large homes built in larger developments. Not so bad, because the structures are all similar. I've even seen one house with a four-car garage. My personal preference? Small house (with space dedicated for an art studio, of course!) on a large piece of property. What's harder for me to understand is the tearing down of an existing home in a neighborhood and putting up a much larger one among the remaining small homes, usually with not much property left for enjoying the outdoors. The view is then "jarring" to the senses and, honestly, I'd prefer to see the larger homes on a large piece of land. All things in proportion… Continue reading… 0 comments

I took the reference photo's for this ink drawing myself. While not difficult, it gave me an idea of what it's like to capture detail on film, especially if the building is long. There are times when the image must be photographed in sections then pieced together to provide an accurate image… Continue reading… 0 comments

Summit, New Jersey has some fascinating older architecture in the downtown business district. This is another drawing created for the Summit Centennial. Unfortunately common in recent years, storefronts have changed as businesses move or close, and this drawing simply captures a moment in time: a record of the history of Summit. One of my memories of visits downtown during my younger years was the delightful aroma of baking bread coming from Trost's Bakery. If the wind was right you could smell the baked goods for a block or more… Continue reading… 0 comments

This print is the result of scanning an original watercolor into my computer and converting it to a black and white image… Continue reading… 0 comments

Touches such as the flag, flower pots, and a name sign add a very personal touch to this house portrait. I will automatically leave out the less desirable things in your photographs such as garbage cans, overhead wires, roof vents, and many other necessary but usually unattractive items… Continue reading… 0 comments


by kitchellstudio , May 5, 2011—12:00 AM

Topics: NEW JERSEY, Summit NJ, house portraits

Searching through computer files the other day, I came across images of watercolors I'd painted a while ago for the Summit, New Jersey centennial. Because the subjects were historical buildings, I wondered what they'd look like as black and white images. Being more "computer literate" than I was five years ago when I purchased my first computer (some people take longer than others to embrace change!) I transformed the color image into black and white. I like the look, perhaps because black and white has always signified a timeless quality for me, and I think the image now says "historical". This exercise could also be a way to check values during the painting process… Continue reading… 0 comments

This framed piece was sold through a gift shop in Chatham, New Jersey. Though the shop had to close due to the recession, I'm still close friends with the owner. We sold many paintings during our business association, more than any shop who ever exhibited my work. While I don't normally sell my portraits matted and framed, I now plan to offer the option in the form of this classic gold frame used by the Chatham gift shop and framed by The Art Studio in Summit, New Jersey. When I started painting in the late 60's I bought all of my materials at The Art Studio. Over the years, all of my personal framing has come from this shop and I always defer to their judgment, knowing the result will be another perfect frame… Continue reading… 1 comment


by kitchellstudio , December 13, 2010—11:13 AM

Topics: Mexico, NEW JERSEY, gifts, house portraits, poolside, watercolor, winter

It is Winter here in New Jersey; we've been lucky with snowfall so far .... but it's been COLD ! I enjoyed doing this scene as a gift for a business executive in Chicago. It made the cold weather temporarily disappear. The painting hangs in his business office as a reminder of warm weather and relaxing days spent in Mexico. Two orders of notes were created from this painting and I understand it was because this executive didn't want to share with his business partner. I'm pleased with their appreciation of my work! House portraits are definitely a unique gift… Continue reading… 0 comments

Fall can be a beautiful time of year in New Jersey. While many clients submit images taken in Winter or early Spring and request I add leaves and flowers to the finished painting to create a Spring/Summer look, not very many request Fall colors. These Winter images are excellent to work with as they show the most house detail, free from leaved trees and bushes, etc. But they do not feed the soul as much as images with striking Fall colors. This recently completed painting of an old mill in Clinton is a 25th anniversary gift… Continue reading… 0 comments

As I glance over at my drawing board, I catch myself reminiscing about the many house and pet portraits I've painted. Over the years I've met a wonderful group of people, fondly called "my realtors". One of these realtors is Scott Gleason of Westfield, New Jersey. Scott has recently sent me a link to a website about Westfield, a small suburban town of 29,000 residents which boasts many beautiful homes and easy commuting to NYC. When you have a minute, visit and see the many services and shops available. Should you want to learn more about Westfield, contact Scott at: or 0 comments

I've created several watercolors of this church: as a gift for a retiring minister, as a program cover for church events, and as a record of alterations to the existing structure. The painting shown was a recent commission when a new, higher steeple was erected. You wouldn't know that this beautiful steeple houses a cell tower for the phone company! I am very happy with the cloud formations, and the overall feeling of height… Continue reading… 0 comments


by kitchellstudio , January 28, 2010—12:00 AM

Topics: NEW JERSEY, Prints, SNOW SCULPTURES, children, snow, wall art, watercolor, winter

A clear, cold Winter's day ... and the snow is just right for making a snowman (or snow-woman!). Growing up in northern New Jersey in the late 40's and early 50's, there was usually plenty of snow to build a snowman and dress it up with whatever was around at the time. Walking around my neighborhood after it's snowed these days I hardly ever see a snowman… Continue reading… 0 comments