Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Here's looking at you on 22nd Street

22nd Street Gargoyle
Oil on canvas
24x24 inches

A new painting today. This view is of one of the gargoyles flanking the sides of a building on 22nd Street. I find it so interesting that many architects of the buildings constructed during the late 1800's-early 1900's thought to embellish their facades with all manner of caryatids, architectural oddities and gargoyles. Endlessly fascinating. I never know when I am going to chance upon one and it always makes me smile. This fellow is on the side of an apartment building featuring red and gray brickwork with ornate wrought iron fire escapes.

Just next door is a beautifully converted former carriage house and a for sale sign recently appeared. Huge north light windows were added during renovations and I can't help but imagine what it might be light to set up my easel and paint by that light. I'm sure it is priced at many millions of dollars, way out of my price range.

Photo of carriage house on 22nd Street

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

In Your Easter Bonnet

Easter Bonnet
Oil on canvas
36x24 inches

As this is the Passover/Easter holiday week, I thought it might be nice to revisit this painting of the Met Life Building lit up in colors that reminded me of an Easter bonnet. I always enjoy seeing the iconic towers of the city lit up in colors celebrating a specific holiday or event.

I've recently joined a group of artists showing their work on the shopvida.com website. My artwork is reproduced on various types of scarves and clothing and Easter Bonnet is one of the images I selected. If you would like to take a look, click here and search for my name where you will see several items featuring my artwork.

Wishing you all a happy holiday.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Ten years of blog posts and counting

I recently checked my records and was more than a little surprised to learn that I have been sharing my art on this blog for 10 years. The first posting was on March 18, 2007 and this is the painting I chose to open with.

Midtown Artist
Oil on canvas
10x10 in.

There have been a lot of paintings posted over the years and I hope you have enjoyed seeing the New York urban landscape through my painter's eyes.

I sometimes wonder who is reading and following this blog and why they choose to do so. On this is ten-year anniversary, I would so appreciate it if you would take a moment and leave a comment, letting me know that you enjoy following my painting endeavors and musings.

Thanks much and look forward to sharing more new work with you soon.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Empire Quilters 2017 Urban Inspiration Exhibit

Remembering the City Quilter
Machine Pieced and Quilted wall hanging
14x14 inches

In addition to being a painter, I've also become something of a quilter/fiber artist, a medium that I love working in. I am a member of the Empire Quilt Guild and next week-end, April 1st and 2nd, the members will be having their bi-annual exhibit at FIT. I will have 2 quilts on view, this one being a small wall-hanging for the President's Challenge. The City Quilter was a wonderful store on 26th Street which sadly closed it's doors last year after 20 years in business. Although they do have an online presence, it is not the same as going into the shop and being surround by fabrics, colors, notions and knowledgeable and talented quilters, ready to help and answer questions and offer advice.

Hours are Saturday 10-6 and Sunday, 10-4.

FIT is located at 28th Street and Seventh Avenue and there is a $10.00 admission fee.

In addition to many beautiful quilts on view, there will be a raffle quilt as well as vendors selling all kinds of wonderful stuff. I am always awed and inspired by this show and it was at an exhibit several years ago that I saw a quilt that got me started on my own quilting journey.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Small Works Exhibition at Baruch College March 3-28

I'm pleased that my small, 12x12 inch painting, Chocolate Times Square Reflections has been included in this year's Small Works Exhibition at the Sidney Mishkin Gallery of Baruch College. The exhibit runs from March 3-28. I enjoy working on small scale paintings as they present their own set of challenges. Looking forward to attending the reception tomorrow evening to see what other artists have created on a small scale.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

It was a Chelsea morning...

In the Pink in Chelsea
Oil on panel
6x6 inches

A new small study of a sunny street in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. I was taken by the bright pink tones of the building across the street with the sunlight bathing it in a warm glow. A quiet little moment in the bustling city.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Broome Street Guardians

Broome Street Guardians
Oil on canvas
12x9 inches

A new year, a new painting. This architectural study captures details on an older building located on the Lower East Side. The angel and gargoyle guard the current home of New York Artists Equity located on the ground floor. I am enchanted with these whimsical embellishments, especially plentiful in the older neighborhoods of the city. The LES is changing rapidly as is evidenced by a new structure rising rapidly diagonally across from this modest red brick building.

I have many fond memories of spending Sundays with my family on the Lower East Side, eating, shopping and soaking up the history of this neighborhood where my Dad was born.

Monday, January 9, 2017

View from MoMA study

View from MoMA study
Oil on panel
6x6 inches

This is a small study of the view from MoMA. When the museum was renovated several years ago, large windows were installed on the lobby level, creating a soaring, bright and open environment. The view shows some of the older buildings in the '50's surrounded by the corporate towers nearby.