Tuesday, February 25, 2020

LIC Sun Dappled Historic (study)

LIC Sun Dappled Historic
6x6 inches
Oil on panel

A new small study of sun washed facades highlighting Long Island City's historic block of homes. Tall trees cast marvelous shadows when the sun is bright and shining. A nice respite from the ongoing construction and development surrounding this one tranquil block.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

LIC Red Door Historic

LIC Red Door Historic
Oil on panel
6x6 inches

A new small study of a bright red door on the sunny side of the street of LIC's historic block. I always enjoy strolling down this street and looking at the stately homes built over 100 years ago.

This painting is one in a series of small studies I've been working on recently and hope to have 40 completed by May. Why that month you ask? This May will mark the 40th anniversary of my studio in Long Island City. Hard to believe so many years have passed, so many paintings created in my wonderful studio.

To celebrate, I'm planning several events to mark the occasion, one of which is this series of 40 small paintings (or as many as are completed by then). More information to come in upcoming posts.

Monday, January 20, 2020

An Award - CLWAC 123rd Annual Exhibition

Reflections Along the West Fifties
Oil on canvas
24x18 in.

I attended the reception for the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Clubs 123rd Annual Open Juried Exhibition at the National Arts Club in Gramercy Park on Friday evening and was delighted to learn that my painting had received one of the painting awards. The exhibit is open to the public and will be on view through January 31st. This large salon style exhibit has many wonderful works on view.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Study_Two Gentlemen in LIC

Two Genglemen in LIC
Oil on panel
8x8 inches

I have been painting the places and people in Long Island City, Queens, NY since the 1980's.

This small scale painting is the newest addition to my ongoing series.

These two gents, an architect/photographer and an artist/teacher live in a beautifully designed home on the one historic block in the area and are both very involved with the artistic community of LIC. And yes, people do still sit on their stoops in the neighborhood on those homes that still have stoops. The rampant new development rarely if ever incorporates this architectural feature, sad to say. I happened to be passing by one morning on my way to my studio and stopped for a friendly chat and a few photos. Never know when one might become a painting and this is the result.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Art from the Boros VII Exhibition 2020

Columbus Circle Reflections
Oil on canvas
24x18 inches

This Columbus Circle area scene is included in this years ART FROM THE BOROS annual exhibition in Chelsea's Denise Bibro Fine Art, 529 West 20th Street, 4W, New York, NY 10011. Exhibition is on view from January 9-February 8 with a reception on Thursday, January 9 from 5-8pm. The exhibit features artwork in a wide variety of media and styles.

Friday, December 27, 2019

The Washington Square Arch and some thoughts for the New Year

Study for Washington Square Arch
oil on panel
6x6 inches

One last painting to share before the close of 2019. This small study of the Washington Square Arch captures the feel of this iconic and historic meeting place in the Village.

Some thoughts as this year draws to a close. It has been in tough one on many levels. From my perspective, artists are facing many obstacles these days as the way people view and buy art has dramatically changed. Many smaller galleries have closed their doors, unable to compete with the internet where so much of the art being produced is now viewed and purchased. Social media is an important way to help an artist get their work out before a broad audience, but looking at a painting on a screen for a few seconds, if that much, is DEFINITELY not the same as viewing a work of art up close and personal, spending the time to really LOOK and appreciate what went into its creation. There are many hard working artists, giving it their all day after day, and I'm not referring to those who hang a banana on the wall with some duct tape and sell is for an exorbitant amount of money. The art world is a topsy-turvy place and trying to make a living from ones art - in whatever form - is challenging, to say the least.

I think of the many artists who never achieved much, if any recognition during their lifetimes and whose work now hang in countless museums and have found enthusiastic collectors. Imagine if Van Gogh had gotten a positive response to his work and had the opportunity to show and sell his paintings while he was still alive, how different his life might have been.

On a personal note, I just want to say thank-you to everyone who has shown their appreciation and support for my art making endeavors through the years. I decided to make a life as a painter when I was 15 years old, after working with oil paints for the first time. I've held various office jobs, working the day and then the night shifts as a way to support myself and my art. It is always a thrill to see my work hanging in someone's home or in a workplace environment where I know the work has found a home and is appreciated. Meeting and talking with visitors to my art exhibits is always a joy, and talking about the work and what inspired it gives me great pleasure.

Being an artist is a wonderful gift and I'm grateful every day that I have the chance to go to my studio and create. Here's hoping the canvas on my easel and the paints on my palette transform into some wonderful works of art in 2020.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and creative New Year.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

A Sweet Spot in LIC

Zoe at LIC Corner Cafe
Oil on canvas panel
6x6 inches

This small corner cafe in Long Island City, started by local residents, is a popular spot in the neighborhood. A small slice of life moment in LIC.