Thursday, June 26, 2008

Window Watching on 9th Avenue

Bricks galore

"9th Avenue Lady in Window"
Oil on canvas
16 x 20 inches

Continuing with the window watchers, today I'm posting this older painting that I came across while going through my racks that I really like. An interesting story about this painting. When it was exhibited several years ago, a gentleman came up to me at the opening reception and told me that this painting reminded him of a story. He had been born and raised in the Bronx and had not been back to visit for many years. When he did return, an old woman came up to him and excitedly started talking, but he couldn't remember her. Then, it came to him. She was the mother of a childhood friend and he didn't recognize her because he had only seen her from the waist up, looking out of her window, when he was a child. Here she was now, standing before him as a whole person, and it was the first time he'd seen her in that light. A nice memory.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Summer Sale Time

Two paintings on Ebay today

"The Sunny Side of the Street"
Oil on canvas
12 x 16 inches

It's summer and I've been rummaging around my studio, rearranging paintings and looking for more space, which is fast disappearing. So, I've decided to start offering some of my older paintings for sale on Ebay in the hopes of finding them new homes and giving me some much needed shelf space. They really need to be hung up and enjoyed, and not left to languish on a shelf. So, here goes.

In this first painting, the sunlight was hitting the side of this building full on, and the architectural details really stood out. The building has been rehabbed since this painting was done and the Affordable Art Fair, where I had several paintings exhibited, was held here recently.

"Lady in the Window on 9th"
Oil on canvas
9 x 12 inches

I love to paint people in their windows, such a New York "thing" and something that is vanishing. The action is out on the street and before television and the internet, life's dramas took place in real time in one's neighborhood. This lady was looking out of her window during a street festival, taking in all of the activity below.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

The Affordable Art Fair

June 12-15, 2008

"An Elegant Twosome on Fifth"
Oil on canvas
24 x 30 inches

This painting of the rooftop of an old beaux arts building on Fifth Avenue reflected on the facade of a smooth, glossy modern building will be one of several paintings that I will have on view at the Affordable Art Fair with the Franklin 54 Gallery, Booth M407. Delivering work today in 90+ degree heat - the thing I like least about being an artist!

This large fair features galleries from all over the country as well overseas and presents all types of work in many mediums. The Fair runs from June 12-15 at the Altman building and Metroploitan Pavilion, 135 West 18th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues,

Monday, June 2, 2008

The 59th Street Bridge aka Queensborough Bridge

Continuing on the theme of bridges...

"59th Street Bridge Reflections"
Oil on canvas
36 x 30 inches

Since the anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge I thought I'd share a new bridge painting today. The 59th Street Bridge - ahhhh, memories - countless rides over this bridge, walking it during the NYC transit strikes, and hiking it during the last blackout. I remember getting stuck once right in the middle of the bridge - my car just stalled. Luckily I was towed off, but when you're the cause of a traffic backup, it's DEFINITELY not fun. Maybe that's one of the reasons I no longer have a car? At any rate, I saw this wonderful reflection of the bridge from a spot on York Avenue. A newly constructed, black, glass-fronted building acted as a wonderful backdrop for these bridge reflections in the late afternoon sun.

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