Friday, February 6, 2015

Brushed with Reality at Porter Contemporary

59th Street Bridge Reflections II
Oil on canvas
24 x 42 inches

Some of my work will be included in the upcoming exhibition, Brushed with Reality at Porter Contemporary in DUMBO, 111 Front Street, #220. Opening reception is Friday, February 13th from 6-9 pm. Exhibit runs through March 15th, with gallery hours Friday-Sunday, 12-6. Looks like this will be an interesting exhibit with a group of accomplished artists. Hope you can stop by to see the show.

For more information, click here.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Brentano's bookstore

Scribner's I Brentano's
Oil on canvas
24 x 30 inches

Another "gone but not forgotten" painting, this one of the old Brentano's bookstore on Fifth Avenue, located in the Scribner's building. Happily the Scribner's building still stands proudly on the Avenue, sadly, the bookstore is long gone. One of life's great pleasures, for me at any rate, is to wander into a bookstore and browse. I might buy a book or two of an author whose work I enjoy or one based on a friend's recommendation. I'm not a NOOK or Kindle person, preferring instead to hold an actual book in my hands and read it by lamplight - the old-fashioned way. Sorry to say, so many of New York's bookstores have disappeared, fallen victim to rising rents and the digital age.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Gone but not forgotten - Barney's on 17th Street

Barney's on 17th
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.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

LIC Waterfront Crabhouse

LIC/Waterfront Crabhouse
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.

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Players Club

The Players Club II (study)
Oil on panel
6x6 inches

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.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Have yourself a Merry...

Holiday Bait
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.

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