Monday, April 25, 2016

Save the date. LIC Arts Open May 18-22

LIC Gantry III
Oil on canvas
24 x 24 inches


A new painting of the LIC Gantry, looking across the East River towards Manhattan. I had done a small study of this subject some time ago and felt it warranted another look on a larger scale. Iconic LIC. I will have it on view during my upcoming Open Studio event on Sunday, May 22nd from 12-5pm. There will be a whole host of art-related exhibits and events during the festival. In addition, I will also have work on view in a group exhibition nearby, more to come as the date gets closer.

Let me know if you'd like to visit my studio to see where the magic takes place and I'll send you directions.

For more information on the LIC Arts Open here is a link.

Friday, April 1, 2016

The American Radiator Building

Radiator Building Reflections
Oil on canvas
12x9 inches


I've had my eye on the Radiator building, located on 40th Street, facing Bryant Park for years and have taken many photographs of it. A big, gothic-inspired mass with wonderful architectural details. One day I hope to really do justice to this building in paint, but I decided to tackle the reflections of this building onto a nearly glass facade on Sixth Avenue. This small-scale painting packs a lot of punch and might become a larger painting one day.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Crain's article "How to make it as an artist in New York"

I thought this article was worth sharing as there are many insightful observations on life as an artist in New York to be found here. Having been at it for over 40 years, I can attest first-hand to the difficulties faced by those wishing to live the creative life. Making art is not the challenge most artists face, it's the BUSINESS of art, the finding affordable live/work spaces, finding opportunities to exhibit and finally selling the work in order to keep doing it. Ah, the life of an artist.

http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20160320/ARTS/160319833/how-to-make-it-as-an-artist-in-new-york

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

NYC Gone But Not Forgotten

Remembering the Bottom Line
Oil on canvas
24x30 inches
Sold


Ah, the Bottom Line, a wonderful music venue where I saw some amazing performances. Gone. So many sites have disappeared and continue to do so. I've painted many places during my painting career, some I still really miss. In this spirit, a new page has been added to my website of buildings and places that once were and are no longer part of the New York City urban landscape. I've selected a few of my favorite paintings and hope you'll take a look.

Here is a link.
http://sharonflorinart.com/gone-but-not-forgotten.html

Friday, March 11, 2016

Café Des Artistes




Café Des Artistes
Oil on panel
6x6 inches


A small study of the facade of the building that once housed the Café Des Artistes. This building on West 67th Street was designed to house artists with living spaces facing south and studio spaces facing north. Oh, to have affordable buildings like that in Manhattan available to working artists today! The apartments are very pricey these days and I'm pretty sure there are not many artists living in the building as was first envisioned when it was built. The cafe on the ground floor provided meals to the residents and later became an upscale dining spot for the public. Renowned artist Howard Chandler Christy, a resident, painted the murals that hung in the cafe. I did have an opportunity to eat at the cafe during Restaurant Week several years ago, before it closed in 2009.

The facade of the buildings features images of artists, a subject close to my heart.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Kiehl's

Kiehl's on Third Avenue
Oil on canvas
11x14 inches


Just completed this painting of Kiehl's on Third Avenue, a wonderful shop that has been around since 1851. The interior is lit by glittering chandeliers (you might almost imagine yourself in a lighting store on the Bowery) and vintage motorcycles are displayed within. The real draw are the cosmetics and potions that line the shelves and tabletops. A helpful staff in white coats can advise and answer questions and find just the right product for you. I stopped in recently looking for a good hand cream as my fingertips crack in the cold weather and the tube I purchased is helping immensely.

As so many of these small "shops" are disappearing from the New York urban landscape, it is a real pleasure that Kiehl's is still around on their corner of Third Avenue. I caught this scene one evening during the holiday season. The lights from across the street caught my eye and as I am always looking for interesting night scenes, this one fit the bill.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Studio Wall

Various small paintings
Oil on canvas panels
5x5 and 6x6 inch paintings
mounted on 8x8 inch panels


Thought I'd share this installation of small paintings on panels that are currently hanging in my studio. I really enjoy working on these small studies as several eventually become large scale paintings. Mounting them on larger panels makes for a nice display.