The Heart of New York

Union Square stole my heart. Something about this corner of New York is different. The materialism fades, the cliques meld, and eye contact with strangers is made. If I lived near NYC I would paint this park all the time. This was painted on site, looking down Broadway from the steps of Union Square.

When Honest. Watercolor and ink on cotton paper. 6″ x 5.5″ (15.2cm x 14cm).

Unframed: $225.00

The heart of New York is obvious. It’s the people. During my visit I drew residents and tourists alike. Even as an outsider, it was easy to make out who was who. I drew them in parks, in museums, at protests, and on trains. It was my goal to draw fast enough to not get caught. Here are a couple pages of my discreet sketches.

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Mamma MOMA

Going to the Museum of Modern Art in New York is spiritually uplifting. It reminds me why I paint. It reminds me that I am not alone in my need to paint. Walking around the MOMA brings me almost to tears. I get sappy just thinking about it. The power of the art housed in that building cannot be expressed in words. The block emanates beauty. The following pieces were painted on site in New York after the recent visit to my favorite museum.

Central Park, Inspired by Impressionism:

After Noon Fall. Watercolor and ink on cotton paper. 6″ x 5.5″ (15.2cm x 14cm).

Unframed: $200.00

The MOMA Sculpture Garden, Inspired by Expressionism:

Water Soluble. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5.5″ x 3.5″.

Unframed: $100.00

Alberto Giacometti’s Tall Figure III, Inspired by Existentialism

A Cafe Plant, Inspired by Constructionalism:

The 99%

I’m painting the New York protesters, but I’m not painting the words on their signs. The Occupy Wall Street movement has no spokesperson. There are no slogans or catch phrases. The beauty of the occupation lies with its inability to be marketed. It does not matter to me what the signs say. These paintings are about the people.

Louder Than Words. Watercolor and ink on paper. 6″ x 5.5″.

Unframed: $200.00

Occupy

Color speaks louder than words.

Those Orange Beams. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5.5″ x 7″.

Unframed: $200.00

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New York Avenue School Mural

The aquatic mural at New York Avenue School is my first mural in conjunction with Stockton’s Center for Community Schools. The program is designed to bring art, culture, and life skills to the children of Atlantic City. Unlike my other work on this blog, the under water mural is not something I painted alone. The children of New York Avenue school aided in the design and painting of this mural. Their art teacher, Ms. Liz Parsons, also was a part of the ocean mural’s creation. Sharing the process of making a mural was a joy. The children learned a lot and have a wall in their school they can forever be proud of. Our finished coral reef is gorgeous.

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