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:

NYC OWS

I’ve just returned from New York city. Already, I miss it.

Up until now, my paintings of the Occupy Wall Street movement have been from photographs. It is not very fulfilling to paint from photographs. I went to New York so I could paint from life. And I painted a lot.

#OWS. Watercolor and ink on paper. 6″ x 7″.

Unframed: $200.00

It was shocking how many people at the demonstration were not protesting. It seemed there were more journalists and people taking pictures then there were occupiers. That was a common theme in New York. New Yorkers seems to prefer recording and observing life more than participating. The following sketch is of the back of a CNN reporter. Her lights were bright, and her cameras never stopped running.

It was tough to get a good painting spot in the hectic, protesting park. There were marches and performance art, reporters and giant puppets. The landscape was ever changing. The people occupying Wall Street were constantly cleaning. They moved tents to scrub the sidewalk. There was a whole crew of people in masks that did nothing but wander the park and sweep. When I was there, the square smelled more like Pine-Sol than a corner of New York.

The last painting I completed of those standing  for the 99% is a little more abstract than my usual watercolors. I wanted to capture the constant motion, the idea that there is something happening here.

What It Is. Watercolor and ink on paper. 6″ x 5.5″.

Unframed: $200.00