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

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.

 


Friday, September 16, 2022

NY Artists Equity exhibition "Shifting Balance"

New York Artists Equity Gallery, located on Broome Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side, has a new group exhibition on view through October 1st and my painting, GST Reflections III, oil on canvas, 42x24 inches, is on view. Thank you to artist Fran Beallor for selecting my work, this eclectic exhibition features art in many mediums and styles, a real mixed-bag. I was delighted to see my painting hung prominently in the front of the gallery and visible to passers-by. The opening reception was crowded and noisy, a real throwback of sorts to the gallery openings common in pre-Covid times.

 





Sunday, August 21, 2022

As Featured on #ArtOnLink

 

A few of my paintings are popping up all over town on some of the many NYLink kiosks through the #ArtOnLink program from August 15-28 and perhaps longer. A fellow artist captured this one last night and sent it to me. It is a thrill walking along the street and suddenly seeing one of my paintings on view show up for minute, an unexpected treat.

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.

 

 




Friday, April 15, 2022

Blooming on Fifth II

 

Blooming on Fifth II
Oil on panel
8x8 inches

Spring has sprung in New York City. A beautiful, sunny and mild April day in the Big Apple. Heavy winter coats have been left at home as people crowd the streets and enjoy the day.

This painting is a view of a beautifully floral decorated window display on Fifth Avenue enclosing reflections in the window they surround. I so enjoy coming upon these thoughtful and eye catching window dressings around town.

Enjoy this Spring Passover and Easter week-end!



Wednesday, March 30, 2022

The Always Fabulous Chrysler Building

 

Blue Sky Chrysler
8x8 inches
Oil on panel

A new small painting to share.

I love looking at the Chrysler Building. The elegant soaring lines and distinct top never fail to bring a smile. Beautifully envisioned it stands proud on the New York City skyline. When I see all of the new glass box buildings going up all around and then think of the unique qualities of the Chrysler there is really no comparison. That older building has real class - it has soul.

Having painted the Chrysler Building several times in the past I know there will still be more views coming to life on my easel in the future.


Friday, February 11, 2022

A Music Venue No More

 

Remembering Tower Records
Oil on canvas
9x12 inches
SOLD

Around 4 years ago I received an email with an inquiry about the above painting - was it available and what was the price? I replied and didn't get a response. Well, a few days ago, I received another email from the same sender. He had been going through old emails and came across the one he'd previously sent - time does fly! Once again, he inquired if the painting was available and the price, I responded and this time around he purchased the painting. It brought back fond memories of when he had worked in the city back in the 1990's and had spent many happy hours in the store. Just goes to show you never know, when the next call or message will show up expressing interest in a painting.

The scene of the former Tower Records on Broadway was a happening place, filled with music all hours of the day and night. It was painted in 2007, not long after the store had closed, a victim to the changing trends in how people purchased and listened to music. Having had this painting in the studio for a number of years I'm thrilled it has found a good home where I know it will be appreciated and enjoyed.


Tuesday, January 25, 2022

"Who's on First?"

 

Who's on First
Oil on panel
8x8 inches

Walking around the East Village last summer after having dinner with friends a corner on First Avenue caught my eye. I have a real affection for this neighborhood of New York - its colorful history, the diverse small mom and pop shops, and especially the late 1800's architecture with ornate terracotta and fire escapes. Never tire of exploring this area and finding inspiration for my paintings.