Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Queens Courier Article

A nice article about my work as a long time Long Island City artist as well as my recent endeavors as a quilter.

Click here to read the article link

I've been busy painting and spend many happy hours as a quilter these days as well. It has been very rewarding to work in these different mediums and the ideas just keep coming.

LIC-themed pillow

Necktie pillow

Friday, November 6, 2015

Freedom Tower Reflections

Freedom Tower Reflections"
Oil on canvas
14x11 inches

Just completed this painting of some of the reflections that I saw on the Freedom Tower's facade. So much construction going on and so many of the new structures are encased in glass. I started blocking in this painting on 9/11 of this year, as it felt appropriate to do so, my way of remembering that fateful day. This painting is very abstract, for me at least, yet one can glimpse the ongoing construction which is a testament that this area of Manhattan has risen from the ashes and continues to change and evolve.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Beaux Arts architectural beauty

Number 49
Oil on canvas
14x11 inches

Just finished this new painting and I'm really happy with the way it turned out. Spotted this architectural detail while wandering around the Flatiron district one late afternoon. I just LOVE finding these unexpected gems. The Beaux Arts era of architecture in New York, roughly late 1880's through the 1920's is my personal favorite style of architecture. The glass boxes of today provide a facade for reflections of the older buildings, but I find so many of the new structures bland and lacking any kind of character or distinction. Some are downright ugly. The older buildings though, now they had style. I never tire of discovering these architectural delights.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Greenpoint Rooftop View

Diego's Greenpoint Rooftop View
Oil on canvas
9x12 inches

Just finished this commissioned painting of a view from the rooftop of a Greenpoint, Brooklyn building. There is a great deal of construction going on in the neighborhood so things might change in the near future. For the time being, there is a wonderful view of the Manhattan skyline, especially of the Chrysler building, as well as the greenery from the park area below. A rooftop oasis in the borough of Brooklyn.

Monday, August 31, 2015

A summer reflection on 9th Avenue

9th Avenue Reflections Worldwide II
Oil on canvas
24 x 42 inches

This is what I have been working on for the past 3 months. It'a a large and challenging painting of a view from Ninth Avenue. The summer has been filled with many daily distractions and mishaps due to the ongoing construction of the ground floor restaurant. I'm somewhat amazed I was able to complete this painting with everything that has been going on at the studio. But, here it is. One of the Worldwide buildings is reflected on the facade of a building on Ninth Avenue and once again, the juxtaposition of the old and the new is quite evident.

Started work on a new piece up on the easel now, a 9x12-inch painting. Back to working small scale for awhile.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Getting the Work Out Part V - Fifth Avenue Reflections

Fifth Avenue Reflections II

Image Size
8x10 inches
Matted Size
11x14 inches
Sale Price: 100.00


Image Size
12x15 inches
Matted Size
17x20 inches
Sale Price: 150.00

I finally got the okay this week to start putting my paintings back on my shelves, so I've been spending time sorting through my work. I have a series of giclée's that I had made several years ago of a few of my favorite paintings. Fifth Avenue Reflections II is a scene on Fifth Avenue and 45th Street. An older building is reflected in the facade of a glass encased structure nearby and the reflections are striking. I painted and sold this painting in 1999, literally right off the easel, and had several interested buyers so I decided to produce these giclée's. There are two sizes available, each an edition of 25.

I am offering them at a special sale price during the month of August. They are archivally matted and are unframed. Free shipping.

If you would like to purchase one, please email me at sjfstudio@aol.com for details.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Getting the Work Out Part IV - Bruce!

Bruce on 3rd
Oil on canvas
24x30 inches

Bruce on 2nd
(Pink Cadillac)
Oil on canvas
24x30 inches

Rockin' at the Garden
Oil on canvas
24x26 inches

30 Years!
Oil on canvas
12x8 inches

August will mark the 40th Anniversary of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's "Born To Run" release, one of my all-time favorite albums. Whenever I am feeling tired or uninspired, I put the music on and my spirits are lifted, my energy returns and I'm ready for anything. Such is the power of music, and BTR is what works for me, and has done so for all these years.

Bruce on 3rd depicts a stretch of 3rd Avenue in the 50's. I substituted my own billboards for those on the construction wall, picking out images from the Born in the U.S.A. album that had recently been released. Bruce on 2nd is a stretch on 2nd Avenue uptown and was inspired by the song "Pink Cadillac." I took photos of a Honda and a Subaru as mentioned in the song and always pictured a big pink Cadillac from the 1950's, a car Elvis might have driven. Rockin' at the Garden is my favorite and is hanging in my home. I was at one of the the Live in New York City concerts at Madison Square Garden and it was truly one of the best concerts I'd ever attended. The CD was playing while I was painting this piece and I had a chance to relive the experience again and again. 30 Years! was inspired by the 30th anniversary of BTR, 10 years ago now. I saw these billboards pasted on some scaffolding on the side of the Lexington Avenue Armory and thought the combination with the old brick building worked as a subject.

I'm still painting and Bruce is still rockin' and may he do so for many years to come!

For all of you Springsteen fans out there, I'm offering 3 of these 4 paintings for sale as I'm in the process of reorganizing my studio. Feel free to contact me with any questions.