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.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Allied Artists of America 108th Annual Exhibition


"Reflections in the '30's III"
Oil on canvas
24x18 inches

Yesterday a friend and I stopped in to see the 108th exhibition of the Allied Artists of America installed in the beautiful and regal Salmagundi Club on Fifth Avenue. I'm always delighted to show my work surrounded by many fine, primarily realistic works in this annual exhibition.

This painting of reflections on a glass facade on Madison Avenue caught my eye as I walked to and from the east side Ferry during the Covid pandemic as NYC was first coming out of lock down. Vivid and abstract, I've painted several versions of these reflections and just love coming across these views unexpectedly.

The exhibition is free and open to the public through September 19th.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

A Central Park View


Central Park from Above
Oil on panel
6x6 inches

Several years ago a friend invited me to house-sit in her amazing high-rise apartment while she was on vacation, suggesting I would be able to take photos of the incredible view at all different times of day and night. Needless to say, I took her up on the offer and have many, many photos of those views. Going through photos recently, I thought this would make for an interesting small painting. Looking north toward Central Park and beyond, playing fields are seen surrounded by dense foliage with the city buildings rising once again from the northernmost border of the park and beyond.

In the years since, a new, super tall skyscraper was constructed across the street, blocking this magnificent view, an occurrence not uncommon in a city constantly tearing down and building up.