Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Building bridges

In Progress: 59th Street Bridge Reflections II
Oil on canvas
24 x 42 inches

An artist friend recently gifted me with several large, 24 x 42-inch stretched canvases that she was not going to use. After working on a number of smaller paintings, it was time to get back into doing some larger work. I was in the mood to do some reflections and went through my photos, finding this image of the 59th Street Bridge. Having done a painting of this bridge several years ago, I thought it was a subject well worth revisiting.

As this painting will be on the easel for awhile, I thought I'd share an "in progress" photo with you. The initial drawing is done on the canvas with burnt umber and then a wash of sepia is applied. The colors really "pop" on a toned canvas. This might not look like much at this point, but it's getting there. Stay tuned to see the completed painting.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pearl Paint - in progress

Pearl Paint (in progress)
Oil on canvas
12 x 9 inches

Almost done, but not quite. Several months ago, when I heard that Pearl Paint on Canal Street would be closing their doors, I headed over with my camera and took photos. This was the art supply store where I used to love to shop for all of my nice new art supplies. The staircases were narrow, the aisles were crowded, but what an abundance of supplies to gladden any artist's heart. Spent many hours there, selecting my paints, brushes, canvases and everything else that I needed.

Many other art suppliers have cropped up over the years and the competition is tough. The passing of the bright red and white Pearl Paint building is just another fixture of my New York landscape that will disappear and I wanted to preserve the memory in paint on canvas. Still need to make a few more changes and adjustments until I sign and consider this painting finished, but I'm almost there.

Monday, July 7, 2014

A window in Little Italy

Pizza, Pasta and Prayer
Oil on canvas
24x24 inches

Fresh off the easel. I had the title for this painting before I'd even begun, which is very unusual. Worked from a photo I'd taken a few years ago in Little Italy during the San Gennaro Festival. Loved the juxtaposition of the themes of food and faith, an unusual window display to be sure. Throw in a few reflections of the buildings across the street and I had an interesting and challenging subject to tackle.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Abstract Reflections
Oil on canvas
24 x 24 inches

I attended the awards presentation for the CLWAC Members Exhibition recently and met a lovely couple who came over to tell me how much they loved this painting. We chatted a bit and as I was leaving they found me and said they wanted to purchase it. Music to an artist's ears.

This reflection painting is far more abstract than anything I have done in the past. I believe the scene for this piece was on Fifth Avenue in the '50's. A happy experiment with a happy outcome.

Now to find homes for my other paintings!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

CLWAC Annual Members Show 2014 at Salmagundi

Paramount Reflections II
Oil on canvas
24 x 24 inches

I received a call yesterday that my painting, Paramount Reflections II, has received an award in the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club's Annual Members Exhibition. The painting features the top of the well-known Paramount Building on 43rd Street reflected on the facade of a nearby glass building. Gotta love those reflections.

The exhibit is on view from May 24th - June 6th at the Salmagundi Art Club, 47 Fifth Avenue (12th Street), 1pm-6pm Monday-Friday; Saturday and Sunday 1-5pm. The awards presentation is on Friday, June 6th from 6-8pm.

I will be at the gallery on June 5th from 3:30 - 6pm, and at the awards reception on the 6th. Hope you can stop by to see the exhibit.

Friday, May 9, 2014

LIC Arts Open 2014

"Behind the giant Pepsi Sign"
Photo ©Sharon Florin

Yesterday I headed over to apartment 803 in the new TFCornerstone building, located at 4610 Center install my paintings for the upcoming LIC Arts Open festival. It was a cloudy and misty day and quiet by the waterfront. Unpacked the artwork, laid out the level, nails and hammer and got to work. The result turned out nicely, with 10 paintings hanging on the white walls. I picked out a variety of subjects - reflection paintings, LIC scenes and urban street scenes. The Scribner's II painting is an old favorite. I just LOVE that building on Fifth Avenue - so gracefully designed and a challenge to paint. Nice to have the opportunity to exhibit it.

Scribner's II
Oil on canvas
24x30 inches

There will be an opening reception on Wed., May 14, from 5:30-8pm during the Vernon Blvd Nabe Night. I, along with the other four artists selected will have pastels, photography, abstract paintings and ceramics on view, along with the spectacular views from the apartment windows. Lots of events on and around Vernon.

On Saturday, May 17th, the Spring Stroll along Vernon Blvd. will take place - a giant block party. Here's hoping the weather cooperates, though it is a rain or shine event.

If you are planning to come out to LIC anytime during the festival, just let me know and I'll be happy to meet up with you. I plan to be busy, checking out the art exhibits, the street fair and of course, meeting folks at my exhibit in apartment 803. Hope to see you there.

Click here for a comprehensive festival guide.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The NEW LIC and the 2014 LIC Arts Open

Diego's Place II
Oil on canvas
12x9 inches

A few months ago I completed a commission for a LIC building owner. He then asked me to create a painting of another property he owns in the neighborhood. This is new construction on a side street filled with older buildings, formerly the scene of much manufacturing of goods. This building does stand out with it's angles, brick and large glass windows.

I continue to wander around Long Island City, camera in hand, amazed at all the development that continues on non-stop. Speaking of new development, I am one of 5 artists who will be exhibiting artwork in the upcoming Long Island City Arts Open 2014 in spanking new studio apartments in a brand new T.F. Cornerstone building on the waterfront. There will be a reception on May 14th during Vernon Blvd Nabe Night and the exhibit will be up throughout the festival. Fabulous views of the Manhattan skyline, as well as some wonderful artwork on display. More info to come soon.

LIC East River Photo
©Sharon Florin