Last night I did this sketch of a block of Raritan Avenue in Highland Park, New Jersey. Can anyone who has been to Highland Park guess which block it is (between which street and which street)? I hope to do more – this one has a lot of grays and blues, and I used some yellow straight from the tube which seems to pop. That’s OK for a sketch, but I want to work on more details.
If you have been to Route 27 also known as Raritan Avenue, you will know there are usually tons of cars. I used photos from a few hours before the 2009 Memorial Day Parade, when the street was clear of cars.
11 thoughts on “Raritan Avenue Watercolor Sketch”
What a lovely scene, and a very tranquil one, which I realize is not the norm!
Yes, Raritan Avenue is often abuzz with cars and the occasional ambulance rushing to one of the hospitals in New Brunswick.
It’s really lovely. It’s been so long since I was there though that I have no hope at all of identifying the block.
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Thanks – I appreciate the encouragement.
I obviously cannot recognize the location but really like your painting. I don’t think you have ever posted a street scene on your blog before. I hope we’ll see the “end product”.
I’ve already started another Raritan Avenue painting. I don’t know if I would call it an “end product” – each one is a work in progress. I had planned to do several radish kale paintings, for example, but then I decided to leave that subject and go to Highland Park streetscapes.
It looks like it’s on the south side of the street, maybe between 2nd and 3rd?
My other guess is that it’s the north side of the same block, but near Jerusalem Pizza and Mei Garden. But overall, my gut says it’s on the south side of the street, because of the “house-y” look to many of the buidings.
Your second guess is correct! Glad you enjoyed commenting, and I hope you will visit again.
These are absolutely gorgeous! You have such a recognizable style. That’s something that can’t be taught. Really lovely.
I could see these going over well as greeting cards and small prints at The Moongate Shop…