Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Holiday Season

"Shirley's View II"
Oil on canvas
36 x 24 inches

This painting is a scene overlooking Central Park and Fifth Avenue and is currently part of the corporate collection of a pharmaceutical company. They chose this painting for their holiday card and as I was given a bunch, I sent them out this year to family and friends. The holidays are not my favorite time of year and I always breathe a sigh of relief when they are over. The next two weeks will find me eating latkes during the festival of lights, having holiday get-together's and lunches with friends and helping to trim a tree. I try to avoid the hectic pace that this season can bring on and instead try to keep to my usual painting schedule when possible. I'm hoping that the upcoming year will be a good one for all of us. Wishing you a happy holiday season and thanking you for following my blog postings throughout the year. Hope to have some really wonderful work to share in the upcoming months.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

West Village Walk-Up

Huff and Puff

"Hudson and Jane"
Oil on canvas
24 x 18 inches

I delivered a painting this morning to a collector in the West Village of Manhattan. The apartment was in an old, walk-up and getting the large and heavy painting up the narrow, winding stairs was tricky. I was huffing and puffing by the time I reached my destination. Living in an urban environment I tackle a lot of stairs on a daily basis. I live in a walk-up. I take the subway daily. My studio is located in a walk-up. You'd think I'd be used to this by now. I've made a promise to myself that if and when I ever move again, it is going to be to an apartment with an elevator!

Today's adventure reminded me of this painting that I was commissioned to do several years ago. The building I found myself in this morning was not unlike this scene in the West Village. These old, turn of the century buildings can still be found all over the city, in stark contrast to the newly-built glass boxes now in vogue. I like to look at the old buildings, notice their details and even their decay and I like to paint them. Over this past week-end friends from out-of-town called unexpectedly and I spent several pleasant hours visiting with them. We found ourselves on 3rd Avenue in the 50's and I pointed out a stretch of tall office towers. I remembered working in that neighborhood in the '70's and '80's when low rise, 3-story buildings like the one in my painting abounded. I watched those office towers being built. How New York City's infrastructure keeps up with all the continuous development never ceases to astound.