Tuesday, June 16, 2015

New Cityscapes

"Times Square Glow", Pastel, 12 x 12

I'm finally getting some new work done and should have a few new pieces to show over the next couple of weeks.  This painting is a study for a 20 x 20 oil on linen.  I like the soft glow in the distance.  I hope I can keep that effect!  Stay tuned. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Human Connection

I want to share a comment I received in an email about one of my paintings.  The little study above, “Rain on Broadway”, was one of many paintings featured in a silent auction to benefit the Saratoga Preservation Society in Saratoga Springs the other night.  All of my paintings sold but this one sold during a preview showing and was not available during the auction.  When I got home I received a lovely email from the owner of the store that is featured in this painting. Here are a couple of lines from her email:
this is my corner, this is my store, this is a piece of my life. . . this moment you captured just stopped my heart. That quiet rainy evening on the corner where so much of my life has unfolded. If that corner could talk!!
I have to say this is one of the best emails I have ever received about my work.  It is so richly rewarding in so many ways.  And it encapsulates why I love these kind of scenes:  the stories, the history, the human connection.  Needless to say, I hope to create another piece that will touch her in the same way!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Hope and Memories

I am pleased to announce that two of my pastel paintings will be on view at the Adirondack Pastel Society's National Exhibit this summer.   There will be a reception on July 11th at the Shirt Factory in Glens Falls NY.  This painting was really done on a whim after finding an old black and white family photo while cleaning out my storage unit.  I love the facial expressions.  They seem so young and optimistic, don't they?  Hope to see you in New York this summer!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day

I know it seems like I only post on holidays but I have taken an oath to post more often!  I actually do post new images on instagram and so you are welcome to follow on those sites as well.   It has been a busy few months and Spring seemed to have lasted only a couple of weeks this year!  It went from snow to 80 degrees in the Northeast and then back down again in one month.  Hopefully summer is here to stay now.   Hope you are all enjoying your holiday weekend!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

Hope everyone had a great Easter!  This was my Easter project for my nephews.  It took a few days but was fun to do.   My nephews definitely enjoyed the deconstruction project after dinner!

Not sure about the real eggs:  prefers the chocolate ones

Egg decorator extraordinaire

Now back to painting. . .

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Frost's Woods

I have started a series of posts about Visual Poetry which you can follow over on the New York North Fine Art blog where you can read some great posts by my friend Rita DiCaprio as well.  I have started a series of paintings that are based on poetry.  These are not intended to be literal translations but are visual ideas that hopefully communicate a particular mood or emotion in a poetic manner .   My first artist is Robert Frost (you will also be able to follow on instagram with the hashtag #robertfrostproject but there are only two so far!).  The poem referenced above is Stopping by the Woods on A Snowy Evening:

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.  
The only other sounds the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Golden Dusk

Golden Dusk, Oil on Linen Panel, 11 x 14

Hope everyone is staying warm!  I am thinking of summer as you can see.  I can't complain really since I've been in Florida for most of this terrible winter and am returning next week.  I am working on several new cityscapes and landscapes and hope to finish them before I leave.  Stay tuned!