Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Happy 100th Birthday Woolworth Building!

"Woolworth Fragment 1"
"Woolworth Fragment 2"
"Woolworth Fragment 3"
Oil on canvas
Each painting measures 6 x 8 inches

The magnificent Woolworth Building turns 100 today. Quite a beauty and it wears its age well. Several years ago I took photographs and decided to take one photo and divide it into 3 fragments. Each small painting holds it's own, but makes for an interesting way to view some of the architectural details on a facade loaded with carvings.

Here's a photo taken in 2006
Long may this wonderful building stand tall and proud gracing the NYC skyline.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Historic LIC

"LIC/Historic Red and Green"
Oil on panel
6x6 inches

There is one historic block in Long Island City not far from my studio. I love walking down that street and looking at the stately homes where the once powerful leaders in Queens lived. It is a quiet, tree lined block, very different from the industrial blocks dotted with manufacturing buildings surrounding it.

Three adjacent buildings were restored and redesigned by an architect/photographer several years ago and fit in nicely with their neighbors. I really like the charming green accents. These homes exude a warm and welcoming facade, so unlike the newer glassy boxes sprouting up all around the neighborhood.

Just another slice of little ole LIC.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Gargoyles of City College, Number 3

CCNY Gargoyle III (study)
Oil on panel
6 x 6 inches

I've just completed another study in the gargoyles of City College series and thought I'd share it with you on this rainy Friday afternoon. Many of these gargoyles adorn the buildings around the city and were produced like crazy during the late 1800's-early 1900's building boom. So many of them are uniquely individual, and I never tire of discovering them on my walks around town.