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.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

NY Yacht Club 175th Anniversary

NY Yacht Club 175th Anniversary
Oil on canvas
20x16 inches

One of the more whimsical building facades in Manhattan can be found on 44th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. It is the home of the NY Yacht club which in 2019 celebrates their 175th anniversary. A visitor to my ChaShaMa exhibit this past August mentioned this to me and suggested it might be an interesting subject to paint. I had in fact taken many photos of this building and had painted a small study several years ago. It seemed a good time to reexamine this building subject and here is the result. I captured the light hitting the side of the building as the sun was setting in the west. The interior lights were lit casting a golden glow within, creating a nice contrast with the gray stone ship's exterior and sea creatures adorning the front of the building. As I've noted many times, they just don't build 'em this way anymore and I'm delighted when I come upon these unique and beautiful building facades.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Two Group Exhibitions to start off 2019

Happy New Year!

Starting off the year with participation in two group exhibitions.

Art From the Boros VI is a large group exhibition featuring the work of 50 artists. Two of my reflection paintings are on view in this diverse and eclectic exhibit which runs through February 2nd at the Denise Bibro Fine Arts space located at 529 West 20th Street in Chelsea. Here a link to see selected works on view.

The 122nd Annual Exhibition of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club is now on view at the National Arts Club located at 20 Gramercy Park South, on view through January 25th. Here is a link to see selected works in the exhibit.

I've chosen my painting, "Miss Martha" for this exhibit. Several years ago, I won an award for my painting in this annual exhibition and unfortunately I had the flu the night of the awards dinner. My friend Martha stood in for me, and accepted the award with I'm sure a few pithy remarks thrown in for good measure. Martha passed away last March and I think of her often. Having this painting hanging on the wall at the National Arts Club was one way of honoring the memory of my friend.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Grand Central Terminal Reflections...again

GST Reflections III
Oil on canvas
42x24 in.

One last painting to close out 2018 which features the architectural details atop Grand Central Terminal as reflected in a nearby building. I'd started this painting quite some time ago, set it aside and came back to it this summer. Work was interrupted due to an unexpected solo exhibition opportunity in August and then another unexpected event - a move to a new apartment. What with hanging, sitting and de-installing an exhibit, packing, packing and packing for a move and then the unpacking and settling addition to working my part time job...well not much painting was getting done. Happy to say I was finally able to see this painting to completion. Already have a new canvas on the easel, blocked in and ready to go.

Thanks for following my blog postings this past year. Wishing my readers a Happy, Healthy and Art-filled 2019!

Monday, November 19, 2018

The Chrysler Building on the cover of CITY Journal

Mister Mark's Chrysler I
Oil on canvas
12x9 inches

I was happy to see that my painting was chosen for the cover of the Autumn edition of CITY Journal. This quarterly magazine is published by the Manhattan Institute.

There are many different ways to exhibit work and having a painting on the cover of a publication is a great way to introduce people who might not venture into a gallery exhibition to an artist's work.