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.



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

59th Street Bridge Revisited

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


Just finished this painting of the 59th Street Bridge, a topic I've tackled before. It was fun painting the bridge once, it was equally satisfying painting it again. Some subjects can be explored more than once, and for me, this bridge is just such a subject.

The shapes created by the reflections seemed so abstract, yet when I stepped back from the easel the bridge started to emerge. Just. Like. Magic. And painting, for me, is magic.

I'll let this new painting sit for a few days to dry and to determine if I need to do any more tweaking or touch-ups, but as of now I'm putting another notch on my painting belt.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Building bridges

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


An artist friend recently gifted me with several large, 24 x 42-inch stretched canvases that she was not going to use. After working on a number of smaller paintings, it was time to get back into doing some larger work. I was in the mood to do some reflections and went through my photos, finding this image of the 59th Street Bridge. Having done a painting of this bridge several years ago, I thought it was a subject well worth revisiting.

As this painting will be on the easel for awhile, I thought I'd share an "in progress" photo with you. The initial drawing is done on the canvas with burnt umber and then a wash of sepia is applied. The colors really "pop" on a toned canvas. This might not look like much at this point, but it's getting there. Stay tuned to see the completed painting.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pearl Paint - in progress

Pearl Paint (in progress)
Oil on canvas
12 x 9 inches


Almost done, but not quite. Several months ago, when I heard that Pearl Paint on Canal Street would be closing their doors, I headed over with my camera and took photos. This was the art supply store where I used to love to shop for all of my nice new art supplies. The staircases were narrow, the aisles were crowded, but what an abundance of supplies to gladden any artist's heart. Spent many hours there, selecting my paints, brushes, canvases and everything else that I needed.

Many other art suppliers have cropped up over the years and the competition is tough. The passing of the bright red and white Pearl Paint building is just another fixture of my New York landscape that will disappear and I wanted to preserve the memory in paint on canvas. Still need to make a few more changes and adjustments until I sign and consider this painting finished, but I'm almost there.