Monday, August 8, 2016
SB on 23rd Street
Oil on canvas
Just finished this painting of the former Stern Brothers Department store on 23rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in Manhattan. The area between 23rd and 14th Streets was known as the "Ladies Miles" once and was the destination for shoppers. A Home Depot now occupies the space.
I was drawn to this subject as it had the wonderful Beaux Arts architectural details I so enjoy along with some really interesting reflections in the beautiful arched windows.
Keep looking up as you walk around the city, you'll never know what you might find.
Posted by SJF at 8:49 AM
Monday, July 11, 2016
Oil on panel
A new addition to my ongoing LIC series. This small study is of a busy corner in LIC, 21st Street and 44th Road. The train station and bus stops converge here and a school is just down the block. The light in the late afternoon is usually quite dramatic and when I took the photograph I used for this painting the sky was a deep shade of slate blue with bright sunshine bathing the orange exterior of the restaurant. Just a corner.
Posted by SJF at 8:04 AM
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Oil on canvas
A few years ago when cousins were visiting New York, we ended up in the Times Square area more than once. The reflections of the Hershey's Chocolate World store caught my eye and I snapped a photograph. We did stop in and my cousins bought some treats. I thought my photo might make for an interesting painting one day and it finally has.
Growing up there was always a lot of chocolate goodies in my home as my mom had a real sweet tooth. When I visited my grandma in Brooklyn on Saturdays, she always had a box of Hershey's chocolate bars stored in her credenza for me. In high school, I often picked up a box of chocolate covered cherries on my way home. I was a chocolate lover as so many are but I also suffered from migraines. As an adult I learned that chocolate is one of the main triggers for migraines, so sadly, I said good-bye to the sweet stuff and haven't had a bite in years. The headaches subsided as well.
But, chocolate lovers abound and the Hershey's store in Times Square is always crowded and doing a booming business.
Posted by SJF at 7:31 AM
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Oil on canvas
I was relieved to hear on the radio this morning that a strike at Macy's flagship store on 34th Street and Herald Square had been averted. This is my go to destination whenever I need to shop for clothing and has been for years. Often I go as a "hunter gatherer" as my friend Lois would say, but sometimes with friends for some "retail therapy." It is fun and looking for bargains and using coupons never fails to get me some nice new duds.
This painting is an early one, painted back in 1979. It is the way the main floor looked back then. Soft lighting, crystal chandeliers, floral bouquets, and crowds of shoppers. The crowds haven't disappeared but the main floor went through an extensive renovation not to long ago and is now gleaming, shiny white surfaces with high-end retailers commanding the space. I always head upstairs to the more affordable merchandise and I have to admit that I miss the old look and feel of the store. Glad that some of the original wooden escalators are still in service, a reminder of an older time.
I love this painting and it has been hanging in my home since it was completed. It has never been exhibited, maybe one day it will.
Posted by SJF at 8:33 AM
Friday, June 10, 2016
Oil on panel
This new small painting is a scene in Central Park, where it seems everyone who visits the park gathers at one time or another. An oasis in the heart of bustling Manhattan, the park is indeed one of New York's crown jewels.
On another note, a terrific exhibition of contemporary printmakers is now on view at The Old Print Shop on Lexington Avenue and 30th Street. Lot's of New York City scenes are included. Here is a link to the online exhibit.
One last note, last week-end I attended the Alumni Art Exhibit at Adelphi University, my alma mater. Four of my paintings were selected and were installed nicely in the new performing arts building. I hadn't returned since I graduated many moons ago and there were numerous changes to the campus. Two friends joined me and it was an interesting day spent revisiting old haunts and memories.
Posted by SJF at 7:12 AM
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Continuing my exploration and documentation of LIC, I painted this small study of Long Island City resident Jeffrey and his dog Sarah in front of the brownstone they share on 45th Road. So much of LIC is changing and disappearing that I cherish those older buildings that still remain.
Jeffrey is an artist and gallery owner and I've exhibited my work in his various spaces over the years. I thought this painting would be a nice memento of his time spent living in LIC and he agreed.
Jeffrey and Sarah (study)
Oil on panel
Posted by SJF at 11:23 AM
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Last week-end's LIC Arts Festival was hectic and fun. I visited several art installations and artist studios. Really enjoyed discovering the Eleventh Street Arts space featuring work of the Grand Central Atelier. Brought back memories of my time spent at the Art Students League. Sunday's open studio event went well despite the cloudy day and it was nice to see friends and collectors along with some new faces. Sold several paintings and a few of my original pillows. Now it's time to get back to work.
Posted by SJF at 8:05 AM