Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Award time!

42nd and Sixth Reflections
Oil on canvas
24x18 inches

When I arrived at my studio this morning a letter informing me that my painting, "42nd and Sixth Reflections" has received an award in the Allied Artist's 106th Exhibition, now on view at the Salmagundi Art Club, 47 Fifth Avenue @ 12th Street, New York, NY. The exhibition runs through September 15th and is free and open to the public. A reception and awards presentation will take place on Sunday, September 15 from 1-5pm. It is always a thrill to have work accepted into this annual exhibition and an honor to receive an award. If you're in the neighborhood stop in as the art on view is wonderful.

Monday, August 19, 2019

A moment in time on 9th Avenue

A moment in time on 9th Avenue
Oil on canvas
24x42 inches

My summer painting is finally complete. I photographed this scene on Ninth Avenue around 50th Street during this year's 9th Avenue Food Festival. The area is aptly named Hell's Kitchen as there is one restaurant after another to be found along this stretch on Manhattan's west side. Some of the older tenement buildings still dot the area with thei intricate iron fire escapes. There was a time when one would see people hanging out on them but not a sight often seen these days. I hoped to capture this sunny Saturday in May with the sun hitting the pavement and people heading about their business, just a moment in time.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Giclée prints available on select paintings

Manhattan Bistro

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer. I've been busy painting a large street scene that I'll post as soon as it is finished. At times I feel as if this blog, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms are a beast that needs constant feeding.

On another note, I've recently added several new paintings to my page on TurningArt.com. These paintings are now available as giclée prints. Link.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Gargoyles Galore!

In addition to being a painter, I also enjoy creating quilts and fiber art, often incorporating NYC imagery into my projects. I was recently commissioned to create a gargoyle themed quilt which I enthusiastically tackled as I have many photographs of gargoyles around New York and thought it would be a fun way to use them. Some of these gargoyles can be found on the City College campus, the Upper West Side and Chelsea among other locations. The three photographs below depict the full quilt, a close up section of one corner and a sample of one of the quilt blocks. Each block was created using the same pattern but I varied the way the fabrics were configured. A nice way to use up a bunch of scraps and as any quilter knows, those scrappy quilts come in handy in diminishing the ever growing pile of left over fabrics. The center of each block features a gargoyle with smaller gargoyles sprinkled around the quilt corners and on the border.

Creating these fiber art pieces is a nice companion to my paintings as I can explore the New York City themes that interest me using a very different and creative medium.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Another take on Hudson Yards

Hudson Yards Reflections
Oil on canvas
42x24 inches

Hudson Yards, a massive new development in Chelsea's west side recently opened to the public although there is still a lot of ongoing construction to develop the site.

I captured these reflections of the 1912 James Farley Post Office, the main post office in New York, overshadowed with the looming construction of Hudson Yards behind and west of it. Once again, the old and the new in the city, side by side. This new construction is massive in scale to the post office, bland glass facades, a lot of glass, as opposed to the more decorative detailing on stone buildings constructed during the early 1900's. That little pop of red of the crane really stands out.

There is has been a lot of pro and con sentiment regarding this large project but I set that aside when I decided to do this painting as I've been documenting the city and these buildings are now part of the city's architectural landscape, for better or worse. Living not far away, I see these buildings on a daily basis and I'm curious as to how they will eventually be integrated and accepted into the city's consciousness.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Hell's Kitchen Pizza and Readings

Psychic Pizza
Oil on canvas
16x12 inches

Last Spring I met friends on Ninth Avenue in Hell's Kitchen to celebrate one of their birthdays at an Italian restaurant. As we were waiting for one more person to arrive I took some photos of Two Boots restaurant nearby as I was intrigued with the colors that just popped off the facade and signage - bright reds and yellows on a gray and rainy afternoon.

Having recently completed two paintings with lots of muted grays I needed to paint a subject with lots of color and this one fit the bill. Pretty happy with the results. When I showed this painting to my friends who were with me last Spring they informed me that the Two Boots Pizza location in Hell's Kitchen had closed as well as the Italian restaurant next door. On googling I found that the pizza place had closed due to unpaid taxes. Might reopen, might not.

This painting might be added to my website under the "Gone but not Forgotten" heading, will have to wait and see.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Emily's Flatiron District Reflections

Emily T's Flatiron District Reflections
Oil on canvas
16x12 inches

A printmaker friend of mine recently shared a photograph she had taken of reflections and thought I might be able to do something with it knowing how much I enjoy the subject. She was spot on and after I cropped and tweaked the photograph I painted this view. Sun setting in the West casting golden reflections on the glass facade of yet another modern structure. An old, gold-domed building can be seen, once again emphasizing the subject of the old reflected in the new.