Saturday, January 28, 2023

A Tale of Two Bridges

 

Wall Street
Oil on canvas
28x52 inches
Sold

This first painting, Wall Street, depicts a downtown scene featuring the Brooklyn Bridge and was commissioned by an art dealer for a client back in 1983, 40 years ago! The other day I received an email inquiry from a gentleman who buys the contents of storage units and this painting was included in one of his recent purchases. Asking for information about this painting, I dug back into my files and provided the following information. Sold in 1983 to a company in North Carolina it remained there until the company relocated. It was sold to another collector who had it hanging in her son's room for many years. She wrote to me when she retired and relocated in 2007 asking for information. Fast forward to 2023, it was discovered safely stored in a storage unit and thankfully has found a new home. The gentleman who contacted  wrote: We find all types of things but this is 1 of the best items we have seen and will be in our personal collection, it is our pleasure and the painting is captivating! I'm very happy this painting has held up well and will continue to be enjoyed by this new collector.

Now on to the second painting, 59th Street Bridge Reflections II. Painted in 2014 it depicts reflections of the 59th Street Bridge (renamed the Ed Koch Bridge although most people still refer to it by its former name). After being exhibited in several gallery shows I listed it on the saatchiart.com site. Lo and behold, I received an email telling me the painting had just sold. Packed, shipped and received by a new collector in South Africa last week.

59th Street Bridge Reflections II
Oil on canvas
24x42 inches
Sold

Once my paintings are sold and leave my studio they take on a life of their own. They might have one or more collectors and tend to travel far more than I do. I'm always happy when I hear about their whereabouts and know that many of them will live on long after I am gone. Hence, the tale of two bridges.

 

 




Saturday, December 31, 2022

2022 Was an Artful Year


2022 was an artful year spent capturing the streetscapes, buildings, reflections and more of my hometown.

I had hoped to finish one more painting before years end but tested positive for Covid and have been lying on the sofa for the past week streaming PBS Passport foreign language series until it passes.

 

 Chinatown Balloons I
Oil on panel
12x12 inches.

I leave you with my last completed painting of the year. A vibrant and colorful scene on a beautiful October afternoon in NYC. Two more Chinatown scenes planned for the New Year. 

Wishing you all a safe, happy, peaceful, prosperous and HEALTHY 2023.

Friday, December 23, 2022

Trailer Park on 23rd

 

Trailer Park on 23rd
Oil on panel
8x8 inches

This being a cold, rainy and wintry day I thought it would be nice to share a recent fun painting. An unlikely joint in Manhattan's Chelsea district, this funky and distinctive bar/restaurant makes me smile whenever I pass by. The antique neon signage, an old beat up tire, some models lounging, taking in the city's hustle and bustle. It's always a treat finding one of these places as right next to it a new glass block long building is currently under construction. This place will be dwarfed by its new neighbor when completed but hopefully will stand proud and firm on 23rd Street. Wishing you all a peaceful, happy and safe holiday season.


Thursday, December 1, 2022

LouLou on Eighth Avenue

 

LouLou on Eighth Avenue
Oil on panel
8x8 inches

On Eighth Avenue in Chelsea there is a corner restaurant festooned with multicolored blooms which change seasonally. This summer scene caught my eye and made for an interesting subject. Last year the restaurant had a fire and I was unsure if it would be re-opened. They did refurbish and re-open and whenever I pass by there is always a noisy crowd enjoying the food and atmosphere. Just might have to check it out one day.




Wednesday, November 2, 2022

12 paintings on view at LIC Corner Cafe during November

 

LIC Court Square Station Reflections
Oil on canvas
12x9 inches

"LIC Court Square Station Reflections", 12x9 inches, oil on canvas. Just finished hanging 12 LIC-themed paintings on the walls of the LIC Corner Cafe., located on the corner of 45th Road and 21st Street, one block away from MoMA P.S. 1. A charming neighborhood spot owned and operated by two long-time Long Island City residents. Their scones are out of this world! If you are in the neighborhood stop by, grab a bite to eat and enjoy the art. On view through the month of November.


 

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Queens Plaza Reflections 1

 


Queens Plaza Reflections I
Oil on canvas
12x12 inches
SOLD

The bustling Queens Plaza traffic hub has seen a tremendous amount of development and construction over a number of years now with no end in sight. The many new glass building facades yield  many interesting reflections, a subject I revisit time and again. In this painting some buildings and the elevated train tracks can be viewed in a very abstracted way.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Marvelous in Midtown

 

Marvelous in Midtown
10x10 inches
Oil on panel

 I was walking along Sixth Avenue one day when I stopped dead in my tracks by this French bakery's  storefront display. What caught my attention was the GINORMOUS chandelier, glistening and glinting and casting a warm glow over the counters filled with sweet treats. I admit to being a sucker for those crystals as I've always enjoyed my jaunts to the lighting district in the Bowery and have been inspired to create a painting. On googling this new bakery I learned that the chain Aux Merveilleux de Fred has 2 locations in Manhattan and has brought wonderful French baking to our fair city.

If you find yourself on 37th Street one day, you too might be enchanted and motivated to check out this marvelous culinary addition to the streetscape of New York.