Thursday, December 18, 2014

Spreading the light at the end of the year




My studio mate Tobi Kahn conceived the idea of spreading light during the Chanukah and holiday season through a photo project. He partnered with the JCC in Manhattan and PlusLight was born. People are asked to submit their photos of light online and his hope is that thousands of images from around the world will be posted and seen by many during this holiday season. I've submitted these 3 images thus far: The tower of the Met Life building bathed in white light, The Empire State Building at night and 3 people at the fountain at Lincoln Center at night. These are photos that I've saved as possible images for future paintings.

For more information on the project go to http://jccmanhattan.org/pluslight/



Monday, December 1, 2014

CLWAC 118th Annual Exhibition at the National Arts Club, NYC


Empire Reflections III
Oil on canvas
24x24 inches


Just got back to the studio after helping to hang the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe's Art Club's annual exhibition at the National Arts Club. Some very fine work up on the walls. If you would like to stop by, the exhibit runs from December 2 - 19 at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South (@ 20th Street), New York. There is a Benefit Reception for the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday, December 12th from 5:30-8pm. There is a fee to attend the reception, other times the show is free and open to the public. This year I've entered a painting from my ongoing urban reflections series depicting the Empire State building.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Grace Church at Night

Grace Night (study)
Oil on canvas panel
6 x 6 inches


Just finished this small study of Grace Church, an iconic building on Broadway and 12th Street. A friend had given me this photo awhile ago and I thought it would make for an interesting painting. As a member of an organization that meets monthly at this location, many of us created paintings to donate for their upcoming holiday fair/fundraiser which will be held on November 15th and 16th.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Documenting New York City in paint

The New York Times featured and article, ("Before the Wrecking Ball, an Artist Captures a City," October 28, 2014, Page A26, New York edition) about Hedy Pagremanski, an 85 year old artist, setting up her easel on the Lower East side and painting buildings about to be demolished. She has been documenting the streets of the city for many years.

The link to the article is http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/28/nyregion/an-artist-is-chronicling-a-disappearing-new-york-city-one-painting-at-a-time.html?_r=0

I'm sharing this article as this is an artist after my own heart. I've been doing much the same thing, not on the streets themselves, but working from photos in my studio, painting "what is here today that might be gone tomorrow". Reading about this artist - 85 years old! - still working and productive, makes my heart sing. Rock on Hedy.

I'm still at work at my easel and will be posting some new paintings soon.

Monday, October 13, 2014

A view of Dutch Kills LIC

LIC Slice
Oil on canvas
9 x 12 inches


I painted a small study awhile ago of this view of Long Island City as seen from the elevated platform of the #7 train. This area, known as Dutch Kills, is undergoing tremendous redevelopment, as are so many neighborhoods in the city. Many of the small scale buildings in the foreground will be doing a disappearing act, to be replaced by shiny, glassy condo and rental buildings. I was surprised to see so much greenery as I was working on this painting. A tree does grow in Queens after all.

Monday, September 22, 2014

A quiet corner in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Diego's Place III (Greenpoint)
Oil on canvas
12 x 9 inches
Commission


Today I delivered this small commissioned painting of a former factory building in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I'm very happy with the way it turned out and loved painting the small details on this older brick building. So happy that this building is still being used and has found a new life with new tenants.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

An Exhibit, An Award

Chrysler Reflections
Oil on canvas
24 x 24 inches


Two blog posts in one week! Today I received a letter informing me that my painting, Chrysler Reflections, has received The Butler Institute of American Art Award from the Allied Artists 100th Anniversary Exhibition. I always enjoy participating in this exhibition as so much of the work accepted in this juried show is very good. The exhibit is currently on view at the Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, with the reception and awards ceremony taking place on Sunday, September 14th, 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Such a nice way to start a Thursday.