Friday, June 1, 2018

Rose Painting Demo With Katie Whipple

Over the winter I got to spend a dreary, rainy day in the best way possible:  watching Katie Whipple demonstrate painting a rose.  If you are not familiar with Katie's work, she is the best floral painter out there.  I was lucky enough to take a floral class with her a few years ago ( see here and here ) and I learned so much.

The demo took place at Grand Central Atelier, and was an all day event.  In addition to the demo, Katie brought some of her floral paintings to show us, as well as her supplies and the products she uses to keep her flowers going for the duration of painting time.










The demo was a single rose.  It's hard to see in the picture, but it was a white rose with pink and yellow undertones.















This is where she left off at the end of the day.  To me, the rose looks done, but Katie said that under normal circumstances, she would have worked on this much longer.






Aren't these paintings amazing?  Katie was so generous to bring these in for us to see.








I have a workshop with Katie coming up this summer and I can't wait.  Thanks to Katie and Grand Central for a great day!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Back To The Old Name

And were back to New York City Painter!  While I was very happy with the new blog name, Google was not.  The blog disappeared from the search engines twice, and it seems was not searchable for the last five days.

This was all just too much trouble to deal with, so I'm back to my original name.  Eventually I'll move the whole thing to a new platform, but for now, I'm back and I apologize for any aggravation you have had in finding me the last couple of days.

Tomorrow, I will resume posting regular content.

Thanks so much for your patience.

Xx,
Frances

Sunday, May 27, 2018

New Blog Name!

Hello Everyone.  You may have noticed that there is a new name on the blog today.  This is a change I have been contemplating for some time, and today I just decided to go for it.





I have several reasons for making this change.  The first was practical.  After having a good google ranking for years, I was suddenly getting knocked off the search engine on a regular basis.  Mostly by people looking for house painters in New York City!  It sounds ridiculous, but the house painters and a paintball company recently started getting a lot of search hits which in turn adversely affected me.

This blog is not monetized and I have no plans for it to be.  It is more of an online diary.  But one of the best parts of having this space has been the ability to share my art work and communicate with people from around the world, and to do that, people need to be able to find me.






Secondly, after almost seven years of blogging,  I found the original blog name no longer suited me.  There are several reasons for this.  I decided the name was too long.  I originally wanted it to be NYCPainter, but that was taken by someone who made a few posts and never used it again, so I decided to spell the whole thing out.  This was in the days before social media was such a presence, and I just feel like a shorter name is better for me.  I also think the new name better describes what it is that I actually do, which is painting in a realist style.

Another factor is that there are a few art blogs that have almost the same name as mine.  I even met one of these artists a few years ago and we had no idea that we had almost the same blog name!





The third reason that the blog name needed a change is because I may be making one as well.  NYC is the best and I love it here, but I am DONE with winter.  I have just had it with cold weather and perpetually gray skies, so becoming a "snowbird" is in the works!  Yes, like many in the tri-state area, I am hoping to start spending time in Florida over the winters.  Remember Jerry Seinfeld referred to New York, Long Island and Florida as the Bermuda Triangle?  It is and I plan to join the ranks, so I did not want my writing to be limited by the blog name.






Last, but certainly not least, the last few years have brought many changes to my life, some good, but many of them have been less than pleasant.  Out of necessity, I've had to make some changes, especially recently.  While change is always difficult, it can be a time for growth and that is what I feel is finally starting to happen.  I decided it was time to have a new blog name to go along with my new life.




I thought about this name change for quite a while.  I was very up in the air with the whole thing, but recently, a few bloggers that I have followed for years changed their blog names, mostly due to the same reasons as mine.  That gave me the confidence to do it as well.  I had not intended for today to be the day, but when I sat down to write a post, I decided there was no time like the present.




So there you have it.  Probably more explanation than was necessary, but I wanted to share my thoughts on this name change with you guys.  I also have some new blog series coming up and a few other new things to go along with the new name.

As always, thanks for reading and if you have any questions, leave them in the comments!

Friday, May 18, 2018

International Museum Day

Since today's hashtag is #InternationalMuseumDay, I thought I'd show you some of my favorite paintings from my local museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  I'm incredibly lucky to be a subway ride away from The Met.  I can easily pop in any time and get a dose of great art, something I really needed when I hit a creative wall last year.

You could spend a month in the building and not see everything, so I picked out a few of the pieces that I'm sure to see every time I visit.




This is my all time favorite painting in The Met, Woman With A Pink, by Rembrandt.





Being a floral painter, I always stop to see the Fantin-Latour's.  Above is Summer Flowers, the painting below is Roses In A Bowl.






The Dance Class


Love all of Degas Dancer paintings and sculptures.


The Dancing Class




Of course, I always visit the VanGogh's.  This is one of my favorites of the Sunflowers.  One of these days I'm going to try doing a copy of it.


Roses, Vincent Van Gogh





I can't pass by the most famous woman in The Met, Sargent's Madame X.


The Pink Dress, Berthe Morisot




I always visit the Monet's.  Years ago while visiting France, I trekked to Rouen just to see the Cathedral.  It was pretty amazing to see the building that I knew so well from the paintings.



Garden At Sainte Adresse




Morning On The Seine Near Giverny


I hope you enjoyed seeing a few of my favorite paintings from The Met.  By the way, these and thousands more of their works are now in the public domain, so if anything catches your eye, you can download the images for yourself.  Have a good weekend and enjoy the Royal Wedding!



Sunday, May 13, 2018

Cherry Blossoms

Hi All and Happy Mother's Day.  Last week we had some beautiful spring weather, so I wandered around taking photos of my favorite trees, cherry blossoms.  I'm glad I did, because the cool weather and rain moved in Saturday about 3 AM and according to the 10 day forecast, it will be rainy and gray until a week from Tuesday.  Grrr.

So I thought I would post some pictures to remind us all of spring.  Hope you enjoy!



























I love pink snow :)