Saturday, December 23, 2017

New York City Holiday Windows 2017

Hi Everyone.  I hope all of you are enjoying the holiday season.  A few nights ago, on the spur of the moment, I decided to check out the holiday windows on Fifth Avenue.  It is usually jam packed and difficult to get photos, but I really lucked out and it was relatively quiet, or as quiet as things can be on Fifth and Fifty-Seventh streets.  I started at Cartier and worked my way up to Bergdorf's.

If you look at my Instagram Stories, there is a video of the leopard riding down the hill.  I always love the windows at Cartier and this year was no exception.

Across the street is Ferragamo, all wrapped up in a bow.

Continuing up the block, I got a great surprise in the windows of Dolce & Gabbana.  They had window displays that looked like massive Dutch still life paintings!  As you know, the Dutch still lifes are my favorite, so I really enjoyed looking at these windows.

Next up, Tiffany's.  I wasn't in love with the windows, but the outside of the building is beautifully decorated.

And across from Tiffany's, the piece de resistance, Bergdorf Goodman.  Bergdorf's always has the most amazing and creative windows.  Titled "To New York With Love" the exhibits are dedicated to the cultural institutions of New York.

First up, The New York Botanical Garden.

Next, The American Museum of Natural History.

The New York Historical Society

Museum of the Moving Image

The New York Philharmonic.

The people who do these windows are true artisans.  Planning for the windows goes on all year.  If you would like to see more about how the windows are done and see more of Bergdorf's, I watched a great movie on Netflix last year called "Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's".

I have to say, the windows in the city this year are my favorite.  If you are local or visiting, please make time to go and see them.  If that is not possible, I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of the holiday decor here.

Wishing all of you a great holiday!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art

This past Sunday I spent the afternoon at the preview for the huge Michelangelo exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art.  I'm a MetMember, so I was able to see the exhibit before it opened yesterday.  I'm so glad that the museum had this benefit available as it was packed with people even with the restricted admission.  The show opened to the public yesterday and I have to say it is one of the most incredible exhibitions I have ever seen.  

The exhibit runs from November 13, 2017 through February 12, 2018.  Included are:  133 of his drawings, three of his marble sculptures, his earliest painting, and his wood architectural model for a chapel vault.  There are also complimentary works by his teachers, associates, pupils and artists who worked in collaboration with him.  

Michelangelo, Studies for the Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, Studies of a Standing Male Nude, and Head in Profile

Michelangelo, Young Archer (unfinished)

Michelangelo, Sketches of the Virgin, the Christ Child Reclining on a Cushion, and Other Infants

Piero D'Argenta, Virgin and Child with the Infant Saint John

Michelangelo, Study of a Standing Male Nude Seen from the Back

Michelangelo, Study of a Standing Male Nude Seen from the Back

Bastion (Aristotile) Da Sangallo, Record Drawing of the Elevation of the Tomb of Julius II, after Michaelangelo

Michelangelo, Designs for a Monumental Altar or Facade

Drawing for the Design of the Coffering on the Vault of Sacristy of San Lorenzo

Michelangelo, Sketch for Cleopatra

Finished Sketch of Cleopatra

Michelangelo, Young Man in Bust Length in Exotic Costume

Michelangelo, Portrait of Andrea Quaratesi

Michelangelo, Unfinished Cartoon of the Virgin and Child

Sebastiano Del Piombo, Study for God the Father

Recreation of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling

Michelangelo, Composition Sketches and Studies for Frescoes on the Sistine Ceiling

Andrea Di Pietro Di Marco Ferrucci, Bust of Julius Caesar

Michelangelo, Model of the Vault of the Chapel of the King of France

Closing Time

These photos are just a small amount of the exhibit.  If you are local or planning a trip to NYC, I urge you to visit this exhibition.  I don't know that all of these drawings will ever be together in one place again.  If an in person visit is not in the cards, you can order the catalog here.   The book is very well done.  I can't wait to get mine ( I ordered one. It is way too big to schlep on the subway.) so I can start copying the drawings of the master.  I've recently gotten back into drawing, so this came at just the right time for me to keep the momentum going.  You can also following along on social media using the hashtag #MetMichelangelo.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of this amazing exhibit.  Have you been yet? Planning a trip around it? Ordering the catalog?  Leave me a note in the comments.  I'd love to start a discussion!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Big News: Prints Of My Work Are Now Available At Blake And Taylor!

I'm very excited to announce that prints of my work are now available at the Blake And Taylor shop in Brisbane, Australia!

Let me back up a bit and tell you how this all came to be.  Last winter, Ellie Ramsay, the owner of Blake and Taylor found me on Instagram and as she was visiting New York City, inquired about setting up a studio visit.

Though I live in New York City, my studio is on Long Island.  Ellie, along with her husband and daughter, took the train out to see me.  We had such a fun day together.  They selected five of my paintings to be shipped to Australia, so that Ellie could turn them into art prints and greeting cards for sale through her shop.

These are the five paintings available as art prints and greeting cards.  Ellie has a great eye and we tried out different combinations until she found a grouping that worked together.

If you click over to Blake and Taylor, you will see the prints for sale (with FREE worldwide shipping!).  I also wrote a short piece for each one describing the inspiration behind each painting.  I'm always interested in the creative process, so I hope you will enjoy reading about mine.

I hope you will check out my prints and if you are local to Brisbane, please stop in to Ellie's shop.  It is a wonderful, creative place.

I have met so many wonderful people through Instagram, both online and in person.  It's amazing to me that a few years ago, none of us would know about each other, and now we can connect with people around the world!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Palette To Palette At The Art Guild Of Port Washington

This month there was a really fun show at The Art Guild.  The subject was food, so of course this was a show I was interested in.  If there is one thing I have, it's food paintings.  I submitted two and they were both chosen.

Wine And Fruit, 16x20, oil

Fruit In A Spode Bowl, 12x9, oil

There was a very nice reception and awards ceremony and I thought you might like to see some photos of this interesting show.

As you can see, there were lots of fruits and veggies, and why not?  Both have been used by artists for centuries.  Sometimes just for their beauty, other times as symbols for something else (fertility, farming, gods and goddesses, and marriage are just a few examples).

And... I'm very happy to say that my painting, Wine And Fruit, was awarded third place!  This made me so happy for a few reasons.  It's always nice to receive recognition for your work, and you may remember that this particular painting had me tearing my hair out for months.  Getting that wine decanter right took many, many tries.  At the reception, people kept asking me about the lace, figuring that was the hardest part of the painting.  As it turned out, it was one of the easiest!  The lace went in on one afternoons work, I did a few touch ups, and that was it.  The decanter is what took forever.
But I'm so glad I stuck with it.  Sometimes I see people give up on a painting and call it done just because they are sick to death of it.  I absolutely felt this way about the painting a few times, but the stubborn Taurus in me kept going.  I do think you have to be a bit of a perfectionist to be an artist.  Just like in any other endeavor, you have to push through the bad to get to the good.  I recently found out that Winston Churchill (who was also a painter) said "If you are going through hell, keep going".  Not that painting is hell, but you get his meaning.

Thanks to The Art Guild for a great reception and to juror Susan Goetz Zwirn.  Next up at The Art Guild, the 10x10 fundraiser.  I finished my painting yesterday and will give you the play by play in my next post.