Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Oil on canvas
I am currently participating in an artist challenge on Facebook - post 3 artworks daily for 5 days and invite other artists to do the same. I am going through my slides and selecting paintings that I've created of places that have disappeared or are changing dramatically on the New York City urban landscape. Thought I'd share them on the blog as well.
This commissioned painting of Barney's men's store on 17th Street was a challenge in symmetry and I enjoyed painting it. A collector who worked in the garment trade commissioned this painting with a group of his associates to present as a gift to a Barney's executive.
Today, when you walk past the corner of 17th Street and 7th Avenue you will see the Rubin Museum in space formerly occupied by Barney's. One of the "gone but not forgotten" places I've painted, capturing what is here today that might not be here tomorrow.
Posted by SJF at 7:28 AM
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Oil on canvas
9 x 12 inches
My first completed painting for 2015. Started working on it last year and finally saw it through to completion. I worked on this painting from a photograph I took several years ago. The Waterfront Crabhouse has a great bar area with walls and ceiling festooned with old posters and hats from many different organizations. It is a colorful and cozy interior and the food is not bad either. The restaurant took a big hit during Hurricane Sandy, but they are back up and running. My artist friend Donna raves about their lobster in black bean sauce! This painting marks another in my continuing series of documenting the Long Island City neighborhood where I've had my studio since 1980. Amidst all the fast paced development in the neighborhood, I'm glad to see some of the long-time establishments still holding their own.
Posted by SJF at 8:20 AM
Monday, December 29, 2014
Oil on panel
I'm posting one last painting before the close of 2014, a small study of the Players Club in Gramercy Park. I often pass by this building, rich in theatrical history. Founded in 1888, it recently underwent some much needed renovations. The scaffolding finally was removed and I took some photos with this painting the result. I'm thinking of doing a larger scale painting of this one as I think it has a nice feel of the neighborhood.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy and productive New Year. Thank you for checking in and reading what I've been up to art-wise. Having started this blog in 2007!!! I've posted a lot of artwork over the years and hope to have a good painting year to come.
Posted by SJF at 11:55 AM
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Oil on canvas
28 x 24 inches
This painting is of a restaurant storefront on 23rd Street in Manhattan, created several years ago. Loved the color and glitz. I passed by recently and the windows hadn't been decorated for the holidays this year. Glad I caught the photo opportunity when I did.
For those of you celebrating the Christmas holiday, wishing you a merry and happy time.
Posted by SJF at 9:05 AM
Thursday, December 18, 2014
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/
Posted by SJF at 8:25 AM
Monday, December 1, 2014
Oil on canvas
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.
Posted by SJF at 11:41 AM
Monday, November 3, 2014
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.
Posted by SJF at 11:14 AM