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I saw this view near the end of this past fall as I walked toward my parked car. The combination of late afternoon light on the tall weeds and stark shapes of the buildings surrounding the lot caught my eye. It called for a large-ish canvas (for me, anyway!), and all I had was an old linen one that had a painting on it from a couple of years ago that I had worked on for months, expending many frustrating hours on it - it was supposed to be an ode to Matisse with models and background draped in multi-patterned fabrics. But, never mind. That painting was not to live on in perpetuity except perhaps if some curious art historian decides to x-ray the new painting a few hundred years from now... Anyway, I digress! I found this painting to a bit challenging. The areas in shadow needed to remain interesting and contribute to the sense of depth. Once I got the shadowed areas figured out, the lit areas made more sense. This is often the case when painting - "it's all relative".
In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed working on this painting, creating glazed layers to mimic the patina of the old paints and stains on the back sides of the old buildings.
Earlier this week I took a stroll around Brooklyn Botanic Garden with my pochade box. It was lovely and quiet in the late morning, but a few hours later, the idyllic scene was upended by mobs of summer camp kids. Ah, well. What did I expect on a free admission day?! I managed to complete a loose oil sketch:
It wasn't easy to leave out the dozens of little kids in matching brightly colored t-shirts!!
Thanks to a recent commission, I had the opportunity to paint a night scene of a West Village bar in NYC. It's a small painting, and I did a lot of glazing using an alkyd medium (partly also to speed up drying time since the commission had a deadline). Glazing is basically a technique where you apply multiple transparent layers, which I found was a wonderful way to develop the "glow" of lights in an otherwise dark scene. I worked with the client to develop the composition from the beginning, and along the way - which resulted in the addition of the four figures towards the end. See how the painting came about in "Works in Progress."
I decided to go ahead and create an alternative auction for one of the paintings rejected by the Salmagundi Club (see entry below) on eBay. The auction for "Drizzly Morning Downtown" will start this Thursday, March 19, at noon EST, and end on Sunday, March 22, at noon EST. The starting bid is $250 just as it would have been at the Salmagundi. If this goes well, I may try another. Looks like I may be starting my own "Salon des Refusés"!
This 22"x28" painting is of a historic 10-story building on Madison Avenue near Grand Central Station. Unfortunately because of high rise buildings built around it, the sun rarely hits it. Let's just say that I used artistic license (couldn't say "historic perspective" because of the yellow cab and SUV) to have sunlight drenching the Madison Avenue side of the building! I worked from several photos that I took, as well as archival photos and architectural drawings that were made available to me. Can anyone guess what business is in this building?
For some reason, I became obssessed with Smith Street the past couple of months. The bright, saturated colors of the storefronts and awnings kept me mesmerized on various corners along a short stretch of Smith Street. I'm coccooning in my studio now, finishing these up with final touches and working on some other paintings... sometimes I need a little peace away from the street and passers-by. Go to my website to see details of these paintings
Finally a sunny day in Brooklyn this spring! The rich, saturated colors of this coffee shop were hard to resist, even while a block away trees were blooming away. Visit EllaYangstudio.com for details about it.