Tuesday, September 20, 2016

"The Painter Who Puts Tme in its Place"

This article was published today in the Huffington Post blog. The writer, Nancy Ruhling, has extended her scope past Astoria to include Long Island City characters :-).

Sharon Florin stars in “Astoria Characters: The Painter Who Puts Time in its Place.”

http://huff.to/2cYDPr1

Link to article

Among the photos accompanying the article is a painting on my easel that I had just started working on over the summer. The finished painting is of the old Stern Brothers Department store, now a Home Depot, located on 23rd Street off Sixth Avenue, steps away from the bomb explosion last Saturday evening. So many of the buildings and places I've painted have disappeared, glad this was not one of them. Capturing my city as it changes and disappears, either deliberately or due to a random act, has guided my artistic journey.

PS: This will also appear in the print and digital versions of the Long Island City Journal, a free weekly that comes out on Wednesday afternoon/Thursday morning. Link to article.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Bruce in New York/New Jersey 2016

Bruce #1_2016
Oil on panel
8x8 inches


Bruce #2_2016
Oil on panel
8x8 inches


This is a BIG month for Mr. Springsteen - record-breaking concerts, an upcoming article in Vanity Fair, yet another birthday and the long awaited autobiography, "Born To Run". Many people have been forwarding me articles as they know I'm a long-time fan :-).

I've been reading about the 4-hour long concerts in New Jersey opening with New York Serenade, the first Springsteen song I'd ever heard. It was 1975 and I was listening to Allison Steele, the Nightbird on WNEW-FM. I've been a fan ever since.

In honor of all the Bruce news I'm sharing two new paintings that are fresh off the easel, each 8x8 inches, oil on panel. A good friend of mine goes to many concerts in the New York, New Jersey area, and he kindly tells me all about them along with sharing some of his photos. There is really no way to capture the excitement of the live show, a truly amazing experience. I had to content myself with playing the music while painting and I look forward to reading the upcoming book. Long live the man and his music.

Monday, August 8, 2016

SB on 23rd Street


SB on 23rd Street
Oil on canvas
24x24 inches


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.

Monday, July 11, 2016

LIC Palace Chicken

LIC Palace Chicken
Oil on panel
6x6 inches


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.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Chocolate Galor in Times Square

Chocolate Times Square Reflections
Oil on canvas
12x12 inches


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.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

My Macy's

Macy's
Oil on canvas
36x48


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.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Central Park's Bethesda Fountain (study)

Bethesda Fountain (study)
Oil on panel
6x6 inches
SOLD


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.