Friday, April 26, 2013

Spring!


 Last week we finally had a spring day and everyone, people and animals alike, were enjoying the outdoors.  I went to check out an outdoor painting site.  The trees were not blooming enough for me to paint there, but I was able to get some great photos of the pond wildlife enjoying the gorgeous weather.





 All of the turtles seemed to be doing a mating dance.












This guy was enjoying the sun and didn't care that a few of us were there taking photos of him.  If you look at the top photo, you can see he was actually posing for us.  



This is the pond.  It's not exactly Monet's water garden, but considering it's in the middle of New York City, it's good enough.  I'm told that if we manage to have some warm and sunny days the water lilies  will multiply.  Can't wait for that!

Downed tree from Hurricane Sandy





The seven days after I took these photos we had horrible weather.   However,  yesterday spring seemed to make a return.  Here's hoping the good weather stays and we can get out and paint en plein air!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Shell Game: An Art Show By Molly Crabapple

Last Saturday evening I had the pleasure of attending the backers opening night of  Shell Game, Molly Crabapple's show about the world wide financial meltdown.  Molly funded the show with an incredibly successful kickstarter and I was thrilled to be able to support her in this artistic endeavor.  Not only did I think the project was a fantastic idea, but I'm happy to be able to support Molly because I've learned so much from her over the years.

I first discovered Molly through her articles in the now defunct Art Calendar (RIP) magazine.  She wrote about marketing yourself and your art in a way I'd never heard before.  Her articles focused on marketing yourself and getting your art out there rather than sitting around waiting to be discovered by an art gallery.  As many of us know, that probably will not happen and if you don't want to be a starving artist with your paintings piling up in your living room, you have to make your success happen.

The second reason I felt such a connection with Molly is because she was literally the first artist I'd seen featured in the magazines who was not working in some giant home studio or enormous downtown loft.  She was very open about creating her art work in her little Brooklyn apartment.  I had the feeling that if she could do it, so could I.


If you are in New York City, please stop by and see the show.  If you can't make it to the gallery, here are a few of the paintings  (These are thumbnails from Molly's web page.  We were asked not to take photos at the opening so please click over to her site to see the whole series).




I'll end this post now before I begin to sound like a creepy fangirl, but just want to say that if there is a project or artist on kickstarter that you admire, help them out.  It's a great thing to see art come to fruition.

Frances

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Eleanor Ettinger Gallery: The Figure In American Art

I wanted to let everyone know about a great show at the Eleanor Ettinger art gallery, The Figure In American Art.  There are sixteen artists in the show including my teacher, Gregg Kreutz.

Photo via Eleanor Ettinger Gallery


This is one of Gregg's paintings currently on view at the gallery, but I urge you to go over there and see the show for yourself.  If you are not from New York, but would like to see the paintings from these talented artists, you can look at them on the gallery website.

The Eleanor Ettinger Gallery
24 West 57th Street
New York, NY

Enjoy!

Frances

Around The City

Now that spring has finally sprung I have been out and about in the city.  Of course, I bring my camera with me everywhere and I thought you might like to have a look at what I've been photographing.  

I saw this guy hanging out on the median in Flatiron





I'm not usually one for public sculpture, but I love this guy.  He is just called Bird and he is a great piece of art.  Love the rose dangling from his mouth as well.  There is a short article about Bird and his artist, William Ryman, here

Next up, Washington Square Park.  The trees were blooming and everybody was out enjoying the (finally!) warm weather.  





Skate boarder doing his jumps to Keep On Rockin Me Baby.  The song is older than he is! 




It is a bit hard to see, but this guy has a pigeon on his shoulder and appeared to be training it to come back to him.  Maybe he is going to be a carrier pigeon a la White Collar.  Does anybody watch White Collar?  I'm beyond obsessed with the interiors on that show.  

Anyway, those are my photos for today.  I've got another post tomorrow with more photos and some NYC wildlife.   

Hope everyone is enjoying spring.  I sure am.

xo,
Frances

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Finished Studio

As promised, I've got some pictures of the finished studio.  I'm so happy to be painting there.  Having your own creative space makes such a difference.








Just a few days ago, Julia Cameron tweeted "creative living requires the luxury of space for ourselves". She is so right.  I've been making great progress since I was able to start painting whenever I wanted to.  
It is also great to be able to leave all my things set up.  I can walk in and start working.  When I had to set up an easel, drop cloth, paints and everything else, I didn't bother most of the time.  The above photo is the painting I was working on today.  It still needs work, but it's getting there.





Hope you liked seeing my new space as much as I enjoy being there.

Xo,
Frances




Sunday, April 7, 2013

Macy's Flower Show

Yesterday some friends and I stumbled upon the Macy's Flower Show, and it was like a little trip to India.

Upon entering we were greeted by a large statue of Ganesh lying on his side, the first time I've ever seen him when he wasn't sitting.  Ganesh is worshipped as the remover of obstacles.

Ganesh


I've read that for the most effective results, he should be placed near the front door.










There were beautiful, colorful flowers everywhere.  They also set up a fruit and spice stand.











Next we went outside to see the decorated store windows.  They did an amazing job.







Love this stately peacock


The show is ending tomorrow, so if you're in New York City, stop by and see this gorgeous floral display.


*All photos taken by me.  Copyright NewYorkCityPainter