Ella Yang Studio

Ella Yang Studio presents the up-to-date portfolio of cityscape and landscape paintings by contemporary fine artist Ella Yang, as well as her latest exhibition and other news from her studio in Gowanus.

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Parallax AF: A New Venture

After years of wondering about Art Fairs (should I capitalize?!), one crossed my screen that seemed reasonably priced and not overwhelming in scale. In the midst of my solo show, Brooklyn Seen at 440 Gallery, and what seemed like one open studio event after another, I sent in my application at what must have been about the very last minute. Of course, I couldn't help wondering whether this was an Internet scam, but a little research proved that it was the real deal (as a truly cynical New Yorker, I even visited the venue to find out if the event was really booked there!).  After a flurry of emails with the Exhibition Manager, I was accepted, booked, and sent an intensively detailed exhibition manual. Here's to hoping a lot of art-lovers will visit me and my three panels of artwork.  I'll be showing all cityscapes.  There will be at least 180 other artists from around the world, so it should be interesting. All works will be available for sale, and it'll be "cash and carry" (not literally - I take credit cards, too!), so come early for the best pickings. Hope to see you there:

Parallax AF New York Prince George, 15 East 27th Street, NY, NY Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18, 11am - 5pm

For more info about the whole event, visit www.parallaxaf.com. Tickets are free and can be booked here...

Check my Facebook page (you don't have to have a FB account to do this) for my location number, which should be assigned soon.

So much clearer now

The past couple of months have been tumultuous, to say the least. I had started to despair last year about how my vision, particularly in my left eye, had been deteriorating steadily. I had to reduce the time I spent painting because the eye strain was exhausting. After visits to my optometrist, who had reached the limits of available lenses (eyeglass or contact) strong enough to correct my near-sightedness, and a couple of visits to a retinal specialist it seemed there wasn't much to be done. Finally, I decided to be much more specific about what I was and wasn't seeing at my last visit to my optometrist. It wasn't just that my vision was blurry, but I was seeing in triplicate (it became apparent when sitting on the subway staring at the lit-up strip indicating all the stops coming up, and each stop had a triad of red points!) and I was frustrated about how my paintings looked dull as much as I tried to add highlights. Suddenly, the doctor lit up, did a couple more tests and said that I might have cataracts, a diagnosis that hadn't occurred to him because I am relatively young for this. A referral to an opthamologist confirmed this diagnoses, and before I knew it I was getting special eye measurements, a pre-op health assessment and was scheduled for surgery, one eye first and the other two weeks later. I just had the second eye done a few days ago.

The results are astonishing, to say the least. I can get up in the morning and not grope for my Coke bottle-bottom eyeglasses, which I always kept nearby on my nightstand. Without them, I could barely see 8" in front of my face.  The new lenses, now IN my eyeballs, have corrected my vision to around 20/25 or 20/30 (so far... they are still "setting in", whatever that means!). Equally incredible is how bright and more blue-tinted the world looks to me now. Not only had the cataracts  clouded my vision, but they had created a yellow-ochre haze.

Needless to say, the first time I was able to get back to my studio after the first eye was done I literally could not believe my eyes. The blues and sunlit areas of my paintings were brighter than I had thought they were.  All the colors seemed more vibrant. I kept closing one eye and then the other to compare. I had heard this may happen, but actually experiencing it was incredible. I have been overjoyed.  And recently, a new studiomate I was excited about ended up having to move out after a month.  So, when I got back to my studio, I hauled out these three enormous canvases I had bought almost a year ago on a whim from a friend who was clearing out her studio.

During the 3 or 4 days between the two operations, I was so inspired, excited, and energized that I started TWO (!) 4 FEET by 6 FEET paintings, the largest I have ever attempted. I had already completed two smaller ones of the Lily Pools at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It looks like I may be starting a series!

These are still in progress, but I thought I'd share them here:

Lily pads swirl - in progress
Lily pads swirl - in progress
Lily pads large cloud - in progress
Lily pads large cloud - in progress

I've been posting on my Facebook artist page about the progress of these paintings. Not only are my largest brushes barely big enough, after a few days (and many hours each day) my arms and wrist became tired.  Working at this scale is physically more demanding!

Of course, the first (and not surprising) reference to you-know-which artist has come up, and I am trying to decide whether it is a good or bad thing. I am definitely NOT channeling Monet, and hope to make my own mark, literally and figuratively, in this particular genre, if you can even call it that.

It will be a few more days before I can safely return to the (somewhat) toxic oil paints, thinners, and mediums. Meanwhile, I savor my new vision, await the delivery of an order of cans and large tubes of paint (I am nearly ran out of most of my paints after a few days of painting these large canvases), and anticipate my time back in the studio with great excitement.

Here are the two that are finished:

Lily pads with cloud reflections - horiz
Lily pads with cloud reflections - horiz
Lily Pads with Tree Reflection
Lily Pads with Tree Reflection

I can't even imagine what it will be like when I get outside to paint plein air.

Affordable Holiday Art Sale, Dec 1-4

It's that time of year again. The artist members at the cooperative gallery I joined in January decided that for one long weekend, we will put a lot of great stuff out, reduce our prices and give our collectors a break this holiday season. Of course, we hope to clear out some studio space, too. Holiday Art Sale: $4.40 to $440 December 1 - 4 Reception: Sun, Dec 4, 4-7 pm 440 Gallery 440 Sixth Ave @ 9th St, Brooklyn www.440gallery.com

14 exceptional artists are putting on a salon style show with extra goodies that will fit your budget. With a wide range of styles, mediums and sizes to pick from, you might be noticed this year for giving such a classy gift.

Click here for ideas. Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri, 4-7 pm; Sat & Sun, 11-7.  I'll be there Thurs, Sat, late Sun.  See you then!

New book: Streets Seen - Available now!

You've been waiting for this one. My new book with over 80 images selected from paintings of the Brooklyn neighborhoods you know and love (and a few from Manhattan, too). Includes rooftop views, brownstone buildings, local shops, and our city parks. Take a look.

Order with me by Friday, Dec 2: $47 [if I get at least 20 orders], includes tax and shipping. Pick up will be at my studio the weekend of Dec 17/18 or evenings of Dec 20/21. Send me an email.

 Order online at blurb.com: $43. Tax and shipping will be added. Order by Dec 11 for delivery by Dec 24. Go to their website: click here.

Enjoy and thanks for your interest!

A Little Bit of Bridge Mania

A number of times this fall, I've put away my portable easel thinking, "Well, this is it. Time to stop thinking about outdoor painting." Especially after that unusually early snowstorm several weeks ago! But, the weather keeps on teasing. Anyway, before that storm, I had a commission to paint a view of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Brooklyn side, which put me in the mind to check out the view from the Manhattan side. It took a little planning, but it was surprisingly easy to drive from my studio across the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel and park in a relatively cheap garage across the street from the Manhattan Bridge. In spite of Chinese families standing about 8" from me or my easel to watch (and then asking me questions in Chinese, which by the way I don't speak since I'm Korean-American), and the occasional tourist group posing for photos directly in my view, it was a fantastic place to paint. Note to self: fantastic only when the temps are in the 70s or less because I was standing out in the sunlight. Here are some photos:

My easel and the view of Brooklyn Bridge
My easel and the view of Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge and River 2
Brooklyn Bridge and River 2
Manhattan Bridge 1
Manhattan Bridge 1

The light was very diffuse making the shadows very warm.I had great fun painting these; I had been in the mood for painting blocks of buildings and their varied tones depending on the light. I'll be finishing them up in my studio.

You should see the weird tan I got on the left side of my face and neck! It wasn't very hot, so I forgot to put on sunscreen and the glare of reflected sunlight off of the East River was much stronger than I expected. Another note to self: make appointment with dermatologist for bi-annual skin assessment!

A glorious 2 weeks at annual informal artists residency

Once again, in July I had the great fortune of being invited to spend 2 weeks at an informal artists residency in Woodstock, NY. I arrived completely spent from having put up yet another show at Purume Gallery where I've been curating a variety of art exhibits, putting up and taking down a 2-person show at St Francis College with my wonderful painter friend Mary K. Connelly, painting and delivering 6 new paintings for the annual Windham Fine Arts plein air exhibit (see post below), working on my apartment building's garden, and the rest of my life! After a couple of days in recovery, I went out and painted a few studies, oil on paper:

It was so much fun working alongside the stream, that I ended up turning this study into an 18"x24" painting:

This lead to inspiration for another finished painting done from nearby:

These were fine mornings - quiet, except for the burbling of the stream behind me, the sun filtered by all the trees that managed to take root in the rocky stream bank, and a nice breeze keeping everything cool.  Until around 11:30 when all the families or camp groups descended to swim in the large swimming hole nearby.

To see more sketches from this escape, visit my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ellayangstudio (you don't have to be a FB member to view the page). I'll add more here, too.... eventually!

New Paintings to be included in "My Favorite Place", a group exhibition at Windham Fine Art Gallery

For this invitational plein air group show, I completed six new paintings this spring and delivered them a few days ago. The long drive to the Catskills was well worth it - once I got there the temperature dropped 10 degrees, and the paintings were well-received.... by the gallery's mascot shi-tzu, anyway!

This show opens Saturday, July 2. Visit www.windhamfinearts.com for more information. If you are in the Catskills, Windham is a lovely small town at the northern edge of the mountains, less than half an hour west of Route 87 on Route 23, and maybe around 45 minutes from Hudson, NY.

"Being There" Opens Thursday, June 2, at Callahan Center Gallery, Brooklyn

Please join me Thursday evening, June 2, 6-8 pm, to celebrate the opening of Being There - Recent Paintings by Mary K. Connelly and Ella Yang.  The Callahan Center Gallery, St Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, is conveniently located in Brooklyn Heights about a block from Borough Hall.  I'll have over 20 paintings from the last couple of years, including a number of large paintings that have not had much opportunity to get out of my studio.  Bring your friends and family to enjoy the artwork, share a beverage and snacks, and ask us about our works. We look forward to seeing you soon!


p.s. for more information about Mary K. Connelly, visit her website.

p.p.s. If you miss the opening, the show runs through June 29. The gallery is open 9 am - 9 pm daily. It might be a good idea to call ahead (718.489.5372) as there are talks and other events occasionally scheduled in the Callahan Center.

Summer in the City, group exhibit in NYC

It helps that I'm curating the shows at Purume Gallery - I am able to put my own work into exhibitions whenever I can. So, the truth is out! The next show which we will be hanging tomorrow features four of us who paint our hometown with great affection and energy. Except for Little Owl Cafe, which is a restaurant in the West Village, the rest of my paintings will be Brooklyn views. The other three artists will have paintings of Coney Island and Manhattan. My friend Ticia's paintings are almost exclusively of Greenwich Village views. This exhibit is likely to be popular. Hope you'll stop by!

The Artists' Reception will be on Wednesday, May 18, 6-8 pm. Hope to see you there!  For more info, visit www.purumegallery.com.


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