Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Springsteen on Broadway!

Springsteen on Broadway
Oil on canvas
12x9 inches


Put the finishing touches on this new painting depicting the Walter Kerr theater featuring the wonderful production of "Springsteen on Broadway." I had the great pleasure of seeing this show and it was nothing short of magical. Being an artist and a long-time Springsteen fan, of course I had to do a painting to add to my ongoing New York urban landscape oeuvre. So, here it is.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Ah, the wonderful Chrysler Building


Mister Mark's Chrysler II
Oil on canvas
16x12 inches


I just finished this painting, another view from on high featuring the always magnificent Chrysler building. Loved the light and the soft golden glow that was cast on the buildings when this photograph was taken. A big thank-you to my friend Mark for sharing his photograph, the inspiration for this painting.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Small Works/Baruch/2018

Brooklyn Bridge Looking East
12x12 inches
Oil on canvas


This painting has been included in the Small Works annual exhibition at Baruch College's Sidney Mishkin Gallery, located at 135 East 22nd Street in Manhattan. The exhibition is open to the public Monday-Friday from 2-7pm and the opening reception is on Thursday, February 15th from 6-8pm. On view from February 16-March 16, 2018. This large exhibit features a variety of small scale works in all manner of mediums and styles.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Giclée prints available through TurningArt.com


Flatiron Bird's Eye View
Oil on canvas
24x18 inches


I am often asked if I sell prints of my paintings and I have just started doing just that.
https://www.turningart.com/ is a site that creates giclée prints in varying sizes. Collectors can sign up, browse the collections and search for specific types of work, rent and/or purchase prints and can purchase the original artwork if they so wish.

The definition of giclée printing is a technology for fine art or photograph reproduction using a high-quality inkjet printer to make individual copies. Many galleries, corporate art consultants, museum gift shops and others often sell these hi-end reproductions of original art.

This is a good opportunity to have my work accessible to many more collectors with varying budgets and I hope you will take a few moments to view my paintings. https://www.turningart.com/artist/sharon-florin

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The always elegant Chrysler building


Mr. Mark's Chrysler I
Oil on canvas
12x9 inches


A friend of mine works in a building with spectacular views in all directions. He shared this photograph with me and I thought it would make a wonderful subject for a painting. The light in the city changes constantly and in this particular view the dramatic sky surrounds the Chrysler building, one of New York City's most iconic and beloved buildings. This is a quiet and reflective painting, with all of the noise and activity of the streets out of sight and far below.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

I'm going to see The Boss on Broadway!

Springsteen on Broadway Pillow 2
16x16 inches


I am a long-time Bruce Springsteen fan, ask anyone who knows me well. I tried to get tickets to see Springsteen on Broadway via Ticketmaster and had no luck. But wait...this is a feel good story so keep on reading.

A friend/collector who used to live in LIC not far from my studio and who is also a longtime Springsteen fan, messaged me asking if I had any luck getting a ticket and I said I'd never received a code, so alas, I would probably never see the man perform live again as ticket prices were through the roof and nearly impossible to find. She managed to purchase two tickets. Her friend, trying for the same date, also got through and purchased 2 tickets so they decided to use the friend's tickets.

My friend then offered me a ticket at face value, $700.00!!! I wrote back thanking her but saying I could never afford it and she could probably sell them for A LOT OF MONEY. As an afterthought, I asked if she would consider bartering a painting for a ticket. She immediately wrote back, YES, but was concerned that since she lived out of state, getting a painting would be difficult. I assured her it was fine, I could ship the painting out via UPS. It turns out she had a particular painting in mind, one that she had seen several years ago which she loved and regretted not buying. Well, I just happened to have that painting in the studio so I wrote back saying it was hers.

But, she said, that painting is much more expensive than $700.00. She didn't want to take advantage. I replied this was a special circumstance. She then offered me the two tickets and my reply was, "FANTASTIC!". She didn't want to scalp the tickets, preferring instead to have them go to a friend/fan and I turned out to be the lucky one. Come January I and a good friend, another long-time fan, are going to see the show.

So, to sum up, in a very round about way, it looks like I will get to see the Boss on Broadway after all. I'm still not happy with the ticket system and the obscene ticket prices as it is a real disservice to the man's many fans, but I guess that's showbiz. The bar has been raised pretty high and for those prices he will really have to deliver an amazing performance. Springsteen is quite the showman so I don't think I'll be disappointed. And the reviews have been glowing.


Springsteen on Broadway 8
16x16 inches


As I am a quilter these days in addition to being a painter, I was inspired to create 8 pillows and 2 wall hangings in celebration of Springsteen on Broadway which I've posted on my ETSY site. They would make a wonderful gift for any fan and this being the holiday and gift-buying season I figured what the heck.

You can check out my fabric creations at The Florin Collection by sjfstudio at www.etsy.com/shop/sjfstudio

Springsteen on Broadway Wall Hanging 1
16x12 inches


I'm gonna boogaloo down Broadway to see Mr. Springsteen tread the boards of the Walter Kerr Theater this winter, WOOHOO!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A Lost Music Row

Remembering Music Row
Oil on canvas
12x9 inches


48th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues was famously known as Music Row and for good reason. Walking down this street, one would find shop fronts filled with glittering musical instruments of all kinds. And if you looked up, you might see windows filled with more of the same. I did that one day while walking and was intrigued with the small gargoyle-like figures adorning the facade of a building along with the selection of horns displayed in the windows. The sign in the window says "Open" but sadly, Music Row is no more. Many of the shops have either closed for good or relocated due in part to the rising rents and redevelopment of the area. One can still find the musical instrument of their dreams, but not on 48th Street.