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.

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!

Ella

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.

440 Gallery announces TEXT - Call for Artists

A book, words, calligraphy, a message tapped out from a cell phone: They are all TEXT and the theme of 440 Gallery's next juried show.  440 Gallery is currently seeking artists' submissions for an exhibition to be presented at the gallery June 30 - July 24, 2011.  Go to the website for more information:http://440gallery.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=16

If you are an artist, submit some artwork! If you are not, be sure to put this exhibition on your calendar! 440 Gallery 440 Sixth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215 718-499-3844 www.440gallery.com

Landscape Re-Imagined, up thru 4/29 in NYC

I have four paintings in a group show at Purume Gallery, 11 East 13th Street, NYC (yes, in Manhattan!). The exhibition is called Landscape Re-Imagined, and it showcases the work of four artists whose work is inspired by or evocative of landscape.  The exhibition will be up through April 29. Be sure to stop by the Artists' Reception on Wednesday, April 6, 6-8 pm to meet the artists and enjoy the artwork. All the artwork is for sale; credit cards accepted!

Joined 440 Gallery

News flash! I joined 440 Gallery, a wonderful artists collective with a lovely storefront in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  Most of the time, one of the members have a solo exhibition in the main, front part of the gallery, and meanwhile the other members show a sample of their work in the back part. You should definitely ask to see what's in the flat files (also in the back area).  There is quite a variety of great artwork: painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media. And, most wonderful (and astonishing) is how reasonably priced all the art is there. You have to stop by to see for yourself! Here is what I have in the back right now:

I've also left some oil studies on panels (discounted heavily!) in my drawer.

The gallery is open Thursday and Friday, 4-7, Saturday and Sunday, 11-7, and by appointment. Check it out! For more info, visit www.440gallery.com.

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