Tuesday, January 25, 2022

"Who's on First?"


Who's on First
Oil on panel
8x8 inches

Walking around the East Village last summer after having dinner with friends a corner on First Avenue caught my eye. I have a real affection for this neighborhood of New York - its colorful history, the diverse small mom and pop shops, and especially the late 1800's architecture with ornate terracotta and fire escapes. Never tire of exploring this area and finding inspiration for my paintings.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

18th Street Reflections
Oil on panel
8x8 inches

One more painting created in 2021.

Reflecting on this strange and challenging year that is coming to an end, thank you so much for your enthusiasm and ongoing support of my work. This is every artists dream.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous 2022.

Friday, December 3, 2021

A Story of a Sale



"One 57th Reflections"
Oil on canvas
24x24 inches

Yesterday a locksmith came to the studio building to replace some locks. After he completed the work he came upstairs to receive payment. As he was passing by my studio he poked his head in and asked if he could look around. Seconds after stepping into my space his eyes alighted on this painting and it was a magic moment, he was drawn to this painting like a magnet. His eyes opened wide, a huge smile appeared and he stood transfixed in front of the painting. "Is this painting for sale, how much?" Yes, I replied and told him the price, thinking it was out of his price range and he'd continue looking around. I mentioned that I do offer a discount when selling work directly from my studio. "How much?" he asked. I came up with a price and not missing a beat said he wanted to buy the painting. This young man then showed me some of the photos he'd taken on his phone and I could see why this particular artwork resonated so strongly with him. We chatted about the background and inspiration of the painting and he was absolutely thrilled. Later that afternoon he picked up the painting and paid for his new acquisition. 

Having sold many paintings over the years, I have to say that this buyer's reaction was so immediate it took me by surprise. His young age was an added bonus - the fact that he wanted to spend his hard earned money on a work of art was indeed special. Life is full of unforgettable moments in an artist's life and this was definitely one of them.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

2021 Fall Small Works Sale


2021 Fall Small Works Sale

Three years ago this month I signed the papers that landed me a great and affordable apartment with marvelous north light. When NYC was locked down due to Covid and I was unable to travel to my studio, I purchased art supplies and set up a small easel on my kitchen table by a large, light filled window. Working on small 6x6 inch and 8x8 inch paintings I was able to continue painting, capturing my impressions of New York. Since returning to my studio, I’ve continued working small both there and at home for a variety of reasons. Being a working artist for over 40 years, I have studio shelves filled with beautiful paintings with little room to store more. These small and affordable artworks allow me to continue having an income from the sale of my art. 

The 6x6 inch paintings are mounted on 8x8 inch black panels and the 8x8 inch paintings have been professionally framed in a wood floater frame with either a silver or gold trim. Prices range from $275.00 – $500.00 (shipping and applicable taxes included in the price). 

I invite you check out my small works, many created this past year, on my website sharonflorinart.com/small-works.html.

Feel free to contact me for information on availability and price as several of these paintings have been sold.
The sale continues. In addition to my small paintings I am offering a selection of my quilted and fiber art projects – pillows, wall hangings and quilted throws on my Etsy site, www.etsy.com/shop/sjfstudio. Learning to hand and machine sew several years ago this is yet another creative outlet. I liken it to painting with fabric and thoroughly enjoy this new adventure.

Monday, October 4, 2021

SoHo Construction


SoHo Construction
Oil on panel
6x6 inches

What does one see while walking around the city - construction workers of course! It doesn't matter what neighborhood you find yourself in, the city that is constantly tearing down and building up is filled with these workers, high atop scaffolding, drilling, hammering, lifting, building.

These two gents were working in SoHo one summer's day. Good to know the construction trades are doing okay in these times.


Friday, September 17, 2021

An LIC Firehouse


LIC Firehouse
Oil on panel
6x6 inches

Another small fire house painting, this one in Long Island City located not far from my studio. I often hear the sirens ringing out as Engine 258, Ladder 115 rushes down the street answering yet another call.

I find the architecture of this particular firehouse especially interesting. Built in 1902-4 in the Dutch Renaissance Revival style, it stands out in the neighborhood as a beautiful and unique building.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Remembering on the 20th anniversary of 9/11


Waiting for the Call-Engine 14
Oil on panel
6x6 inches

So hard to believe that 20 years have passed since that beautiful, sunny day when unspeakable tragedy struck our nation and New York, my hometown. I still remember so vividly listening to the radio when the news suddenly shifted from the usual traffic reports and weather to the unbelievable event taking place downtown at the World Trade Center. This past week I've been thinking of my friends who worked or lived downtown and the stories they told of their experiences. I was at home and immediately called my friend Martha, told her to turn on her TV, and together we spoke and then watched as the second plane hit the second Tower.  

Those brave men and women of the FDNY are much in my thoughts today. As people were trying to escape the Towers, New York's Bravest headed up the stairs carrying their loads, doing what they were trained to do, looking to save lives. Ultimately so many were lost that day who were at the WTC and vicinity.  All the families and friends left behind, trying to comprehend what had happened and figuring out how to move on from this unspeakable tragedy.

New York has risen from the ashes time and time again. For all those who perished, we will never forget. 

This recent small painting is of Engine 14 on 18th Street in Manhattan. Another beautiful, sunny day, waiting for the call.