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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

It's June. School's out and the weather is finally warm enough for a trip to the beach. The young man in this child's print is putting the finishing touch to his sand creation: the American flag. HAPPY FLAG DAY, U.S.A. ...… Continue reading… 0 comments

FINAL DAYS OF SUMMER?

by kitchellstudio , September 21, 2010—12:00 AM

Topics: beach, boys, children's prints, nature, seashells, summer

Summertime, and the living is easy. Well, if you're like these two boys anyway. Would I go back in time if I could? Probably not. Do I wish I knew then what I know now? Of course. Explore. That's what boys do. This pair have found a shell and wonder if anything is living inside. This is one of a collection of prints made from watercolor originals… Continue reading… 0 comments

OUR BIG TRUCK

by kitchellstudio , September 2, 2010—12:00 AM

Topics: beach, boys, children, children's prints, nature, summer, sun, truck, wall art

Can you see the imagination working in these two minds? "Back up the truck, boys: we've got a lot of sand to move!" Who hasn't had fun as a child, taking ordinary things and making stories with them? A day at the beach, enjoying the sun and sand, and letting imagination run free! A perfect print for your child's room; a reminder of the carefree days of summer ...… Continue reading… 1 comment

A DAY AT THE BEACH

by kitchellstudio , August 17, 2009—12:00 AM

Topics: Prints, beach, giclee, seashells, summer, sun, vacation, water, watercolor

Up until this last week we've had a cooler than normal summer in New Jersey, with lots of rain, especially in June. The rain has produced larger than usual numbers of mosquitoes .... not fun! I've missed the hot sun but not the typical summer humidity. The scene in this print could be a chance meeting at the beach, or a brother and sister searching for seashells on the family vacation. I am pleased with how the warm summer colors in the original watercolor reproduced in the print. I am thinking of using a giclee print company for future prints… Continue reading… 1 comment

SUMMER HOME PORTRAIT

by kitchellstudio , July 11, 2009—05:46 PM

Topics: boat, house portraits, summer, water, watercolor

This house portrait was fun .... water instead of lawn! I loved the challenge of painting the water and creating a Jersey Shore scene rather than the usual New Jersey suburban setting. Sort of a vacation for this artist ..… Continue reading… 0 comments

SAND BABY

by kitchellstudio , June 10, 2009—12:00 AM

Topics: BABY, Prints, beach, boys, sand, summer, sun, vacation, wall art, watercolors

I am very proud of this little guy. He's the first of my Beach Baby Collection. Sold as wall art for a child's room, these prints are meant to express familiar childhood memories .... sand, sun, and fun. My goal was to create "every child", not a specific portrait of just one child. When I hear a customer say "that looks just like my son/grandson" and I haven't seen their child or a photograph, I know I've met my goal… Continue reading… 0 comments

This painting was done for a family that was moving out of New Jersey. Their young child was very attached to the small red oak (shown at right in the painting) and was upset to leave the tree behind. The photo submitted did not show foliage but the client let me know this particular tree was important and it was a red oak ... no problem to add the tree's proper coloring. The same idea holds true when submitting photographs taken in the winter when there are no leaves on the trees or flowers in bloom. As long as I know if a tree is a pink cherry or if the homeowner plants red begonias in the summer, these items can be included. One of my biggest kicks is making a gray winter sky turn blue ...… Continue reading… 0 comments