Tuesday, April 5, 2011

LIC Twilight View

"LIC/21st Street Twilight"
Oil on canvas
12 x 9 inches

For the past few months I have been working on several small scale paintings and catching up with ideas that I've had for awhile and wanted to experiment with. After completing a commission of a Long Island City night scene last Fall, I decided this was a subject that I could really delve into. I had blocked in this painting 2 years ago and set it aside and decided now would be the time to tackle it. The painting went smoothly and quickly and it was a joy to work on this one. This is a view at the crossroads of 21st Street and Jackson Avenue. P.S. 1 and the Big Allis smokestacks are visible, along with the factories in the area. The sky cast a grayish/purple hue and the lights had just started to twinkle at that hour of the early evening. I plan to continue exploring this subject and hope to share a few more of these night scenes.

On another note, I just finished reading Steve Martin's "An Object of Beauty", his glimpse into the art world and its players - the dealers, the artists, the collectors. Pretty interesting read and would recommend this book.

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