Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Documenting New York City in paint

The New York Times featured and article, ("Before the Wrecking Ball, an Artist Captures a City," October 28, 2014, Page A26, New York edition) about Hedy Pagremanski, an 85 year old artist, setting up her easel on the Lower East side and painting buildings about to be demolished. She has been documenting the streets of the city for many years.

The link to the article is http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/28/nyregion/an-artist-is-chronicling-a-disappearing-new-york-city-one-painting-at-a-time.html?_r=0

I'm sharing this article as this is an artist after my own heart. I've been doing much the same thing, not on the streets themselves, but working from photos in my studio, painting "what is here today that might be gone tomorrow". Reading about this artist - 85 years old! - still working and productive, makes my heart sing. Rock on Hedy.

I'm still at work at my easel and will be posting some new paintings soon.

Monday, October 13, 2014

A view of Dutch Kills LIC

LIC Slice
Oil on canvas
9 x 12 inches

I painted a small study awhile ago of this view of Long Island City as seen from the elevated platform of the #7 train. This area, known as Dutch Kills, is undergoing tremendous redevelopment, as are so many neighborhoods in the city. Many of the small scale buildings in the foreground will be doing a disappearing act, to be replaced by shiny, glassy condo and rental buildings. I was surprised to see so much greenery as I was working on this painting. A tree does grow in Queens after all.