Monday, January 30, 2017
Oil on canvas
A new year, a new painting. This architectural study captures details on an older building located on the Lower East Side. The angel and gargoyle guard the current home of New York Artists Equity located on the ground floor. I am enchanted with these whimsical embellishments, especially plentiful in the older neighborhoods of the city. The LES is changing rapidly as is evidenced by a new structure rising rapidly diagonally across from this modest red brick building.
I have many fond memories of spending Sundays with my family on the Lower East Side, eating, shopping and soaking up the history of this neighborhood where my Dad was born.
Posted by SJF at 7:47 AM
Monday, January 9, 2017
Oil on panel
This is a small study of the view from MoMA. When the museum was renovated several years ago, large windows were installed on the lobby level, creating a soaring, bright and open environment. The view shows some of the older buildings in the '50's surrounded by the corporate towers nearby.
Posted by SJF at 9:48 AM
Monday, December 12, 2016
Oil on canvas
A new painting fresh off the easel. This is a view from a downtown rooftop on Kenmare Street. Looking north, several of the city's iconic buildings stand majestically dotting the skyline amid the older, smaller scale buildings. This view has changed a bit since I took the photograph that I worked from and I'm sure several towering glass buildings can now be seen from this vantage point.
Posted by SJF at 8:13 AM
Monday, December 5, 2016
Every year around the holiday season I offer several small works for sale. These six NYC-themed paintings feature subjects ranging from the artist sculpture on the facade of the Cafe des Artistes, The Met Life building at night flooded with white light on Veteran's Day, LIC's Palace Chicken and the L.I.C. Cafe, a beautifully embellished building on 14th Street and a Chinatown view are just a few of the subjects that caught my eye and paintbrush.
All paintings are oils on canvas panels, a 6x6 inch image mounted on an 8x8 inch panel painted brushed silver or gold. The price is $250.00 per painting with discounts for multiple sales. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and payment options.
Hope your holiday season will be peaceful and happy.
Posted by SJF at 11:34 AM
Thursday, November 17, 2016
59th Street Bridge Reflections II
Oil on canvas
I was delighted to be one of 11 artists chosen for the upcoming New York Artists Equity Members Invitational, December 9, 2016-January 14, 2017.
245 Broome Street, New York, NY 10002
(between Orchard and Ludlow Streets)
The gallery is located on the Lower East Side, not far from Allen Street where my Dad was born. I spent many a Sunday afternoon with my family having lunch at Ratner's and other long gone restaurants, then shopping on Orchard and surrounding streets. Whenever I am in that neighborhood, I'm flooded with so many memories.
Posted by SJF at 7:54 AM
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Oil on canvas
Just finished this painting of the VERY TALL building on 57th Street, scene of the collapsed crane after Hurricane Sandy fame.
The lower facade of the building sports metal ribbon-like structures which do create some interesting reflective surfaces. One late summer afternoon, as the sun was setting in the west, the metal ribbons caught the golden light which prompted me to grab my camera and take several photos. The older building across the street reflected on the facade was built as an artists building, graced with tall north facing windows.
Once again the new and the old, captured on canvas.
Posted by SJF at 12:49 PM
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
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.”
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.
Posted by SJF at 10:54 AM