Monday, August 8, 2022

A Long Island City Sunset at the Gantry

 

LIC-A Gantry Sunset
Oil on panel
6x6 inches

Still documenting the LIC neighborhood where I've had my studio for many years. The Gantry is always an interesting subject that I've revisited several times. This sunset view with the sun setting in the west captures the stark beauty of the Gantry, so integral to LIC's industrial economy back in the distant past.


Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Deco Splendor on Park Avenue

 

 

2 Park Avenue Reflections
Oil on panel
6x6 inches

This new reflection painting study captures some of the Art Deco splendor and especially the unique and colorful architectural terracotta detailing on the facade of 2 Park Avenue. I think that this image just might become a larger painting sometime in the future.

Monday, July 25, 2022

UWS Sunday Afternoon

 

UWS Sunday Afternoon
Oil on panel
6x6 inches

While waiting to meet friends for Sunday brunch I noticed this charming row of houses on the Upper West Side. Each of these buildings sat snugly on the block with the looming towers of the San Remo apartment building standing guard a few blocks away. I love walking down the side streets of neighborhoods and noting the variety of architecture styles from block to block. Those that catch my interest lead small painted studies with some of them becoming larger paintings in the future.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Lillie's on 17th Street

Lillie's
Oil on panel
8x8 inches

This charming restaurant/pub in the Union Square district is dedicated to Lillie Langtry, a well-know Victorian singer/actress who led quite the colorful life. What caught my eye was the wonderful floral facade surrounding the large window with a burst of color. On closer inspection the reflections in the window were equally intriguing, a subject for one of my NYC paintings. I like all of the paintings I create and I especially love this one, it just makes me happy when I look at it.

 

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Moynihan Station Impressions

New Penn Reflections II-Clock
Oil on panel
6x6 inches

This recently completed small study explores a section of the new Moynihan Train Station. Every train station needs a clock and this modern updated version is on view under the vaulted glass ceiling. A welcome, light-filled and airy new transit hub for commuters. 

The other night I caught the opening scenes of the 1955 movie, "The 7-Year Itch" with Marilyn Monroe. I caught my breath as I watched the action unfold in the original Pennsylvania Station, so sadly torn down in the 1960's. What a travesty that was and what a monumental loss for New York City. The Moynihan Station is located in the Farley Post Office building, the sister building across the street from where the original Penn once stood. Glad that this building is still standing, under renovation and is once again a Beaux Arts gem being used in the 21st century.




Thursday, May 12, 2022

42nd Studio Anniversary in LIC

 

This May I celebrate 42 years since I found my studio in Long Island City. Back in 1980, LIC was a mainly industrial area in Queens with many factories and older low-rise homes. The East River offered spectacular views of Manhattan and it was an area easily accessible by subway. On week-ends the streets were quiet, during the week business hummed along. Over the years the neighborhood has changed dramatically, with major development of the waterfront and surrounding areas which are now dotted with towering corporate headquarters, apartment complexes and condos. Many of the older factories have either been torn down or converted, some to artists spaces. 

There is a bustling artist community to be found here, started in the 1970's when P.S. 1, the first public school in Queens, became an art space, giving artists studios in which to work for a year or two. One of the artists I met, Lou Kunsch, had a studio in one of the school's bathrooms before finding another studio when his residency ended.  (He was the first artist I met in LIC and we had our studios in the same building for years.) In one of P.S. 1's early exhibitions I remember seeing Christo wrapped radiators. The Museum of Modern Art took over and now the institution is known as MoMA P.S 1 and is a destination for those seeking out MoMA's contemporary art curated exhibitions and installations.

The rents have risen dramatically over the years and many artists who had studios in the neighborhood left. The advent of Covid saw a departure of many artists as well. Now, they seem to be coming back to the neighborhood with some art spaces having closed and others opening. Everything is cyclical in NYC and that goes for the rise and fall and rise again of neighborhoods and art scenes. 

So, to have been in my studio for 42 years is really something to celebrate. I am having a sale during the month of May with 40% off many of my works to celebrate this milestone and I look forward to creating many more paintings in the years to come in my LIC studio.





Wednesday, April 27, 2022

A Downtown View

 

A Downtown View
Oil on panel
6x6 inches

My friend Sandy was working a freelance job downtown awhile back in offices that had amazing views. She shared some photos she took with me and I was entranced by this view. I cropped and modified the photo a bit and painted a small study. The Woolworth Building and the distant top of the Municipal Building appear amid the old and new skyscrapers and of course, an ever-present construction crane.

A blue sky, a sunny day and a wonderful downtown view.