Sunday, August 30, 2020

LIC's Lost Union Hall


LIC's Lost Union Hall
Oil on panel
6x6 inches

Recently completed this small study of a former Union Hall located in Long Island City. I always admired the beautiful brickwork and terracotta detailing. When a developer bought this property and was about to tear it down to make way for new construction a number of neighborhood people protested, hoping to save this lovely historic building but it was not to be. It was sad to see the ram's heads stripped from the facade during the demolition. A shiny new glass building now stands on the site. Another piece of a lost New York.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Hot off the presses: Sharon Florin's New York: a retrospective


As this year marks the 40th anniversary of my studio space in Long Island City, Queens, I had planned several celebratory events which have been put on hold, postponed until sometime next year.

Happily, one of the projects, Sharon Florin’s New York: a retrospective, has been completed. This 48-page softcover book contains a selection of over 100 paintings, year by year, with photos of the studio and works in progress. Subjects include street scenes and cityscapes, NYC architectural treasures and details, the ongoing reflections series and scenes of Long Island City. The cost is $25.00 payable by check or PayPal. If you would like a copy, please email and we'll work out the details.

Monday, August 10, 2020

The Always Majestic Flatiron Building

 The Flatiron (study)
Oil panel
8x8 inches

This small study is currently on my tabletop easel. Never tire of painting some of New York's iconic buildings and the Flatiron is a real favorite, one of the city's  first skyscrapers.  I highly recommend a wonderful book, The Flatiron: The New York Landmark and the Incomparable City That Rose With It by Alice Sparberg Alexiou if you are interested in reading about the making and the history of the Flatiron building.