Thursday, February 26, 2009

Dreaming Terra Cotta

A reminder of things past

"LIC/Terra Cotta Memories"
Oil on panel
6 x 6 inches

A lone building in the shadow of the Queensborough Bridge is all that remains of the old Terra Cotta Works in Long Island City. This once sprawling factory complex produced much of the terra cotta ornamentation found on many turn of the century buildings in New York. This little Victorian gem is sadly neglected but I believe it has landmark status and will be incorporated into any future development of the site.

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Green Window

A beauty at the end of the block

"LIC/Green Window"
Oil on panel
7 x 5 inches

An ornate window, harkening back to an earlier time on a landmark block in Long Island City caught my eye one late afternoon and I loved the way the light was catching some of the brickwork and details.

This is one of several small oil paintings that I will be offering on eBay in the coming weeks. If you would like to place a bid, click here

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A Diner in Queens

Meet ya on the corner for a bite to eat

Oil on panel
6 x 6 inches

This small painting is an everyday scene in Long Island City. As I exit the subway I see the bright awnings of this neighborhood diner, in a borough noted for its diners. What would a neighborhood be without one?

This painting is being offered on eBay. To place a bid, click here

Monday, February 2, 2009

100 cups of tea

Another change in the scenery

"LIC/Millies II"
Oil on panel
6 x 6 inches

Millie's Deli closed on Friday for renovations. The current owners have been in that spot for 20 years and decided it was a time to update. This place is across the street from my studio and I often run in for a quick snack during the afternoon when my energy starts to lag. When I heard that there would be changes to the space, I offered to do a painting to capture, yet again, a little bit of the history of the neighborhood. Last week I dropped off the painting as promised and there was instant delight on the faces of the folks working there. I asked if I would be treated to a cup of tea upon the re-opening sometime in March and the owner shouted out loud for all to hear, "100 cups of tea!" Sounds like a good deal to me.