Thursday, December 31, 2015

Last One

The last small Brooklyn painting of the year, a view of Washington Avenue near Sterling Place.  May the coming year be fruitful, productive, healthy, creative, inspiring, and happy for everyone!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Back to work again after a brief break.  This 9x12 oil on canvas is the thirteenth in the current series of small Brooklyn paintings.  The setting is Underhill at Sterling Place where someone opened the back of the van in anticipation of loading a Christmas tree.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Sidewalk Tunnel

A 9x12 oil on canvas of a scene on Classon Avenue near Bergen Street.  These temporary tunnels covering sidewalks can be found all over Brooklyn, or probably any city.  In this nearly monochrome picture, my interest is the light and dark heightened by the sidewalk tunnel.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Up Is Down

A literal view of Conover Street in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn.  The street is always wet at this spot because its where a bus company washes its busses.  I always look down as well as straight ahead and up (sometimes behind me too).  You never know when you will see the sky in the pavement.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Burned Out

A 9x12 oil on canvas of a burned out van on Park Place in Brooklyn.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Beauty of Grungy

This view of Red Hook is at the corner of Dykeman and Ferris Streets.  There can be beauty in grungy industrial settings, especially if the light is right.  This is a 9x12 oil on canvas.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Sun Behind Me

Another Red Hook view,  down Van Dyke Street near the corner of Dwight Street.  The sun was behind me.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Bright Corner

This 9x12 oil on canvas painting looks a bit surreal, but it demonstrates what I like about Brooklyn.  I'm still in the Red Hook section, with the early morning sun, at the corner of Richards and Commerce, where one building has been painted red, and another partly bright yellow, possibly to cover up graffiti.  It's the unusual and bright colors that I like.  Did someone just grab whatever paint was lying around to do the job?  I left off the graffiti that has since reappeared over the yellow,  only because the painting was too detailed as it is.  That was the challenge of this painting, how to simplify a complicated street corner.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Into Red Hook

This past weekend I spent Sunday morning in Red Hook.  This 9x12 oil on canvas is a view of Richards Street near Seabring.  When painting these pictures, I'm trying to be as direct and quick as I can.  

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Time Passing

This past weekend I had a productive visit to Brooklyn, and also attended a Drawing New York drawing session in Manhattan on Saturday managed by artist Simon Levenson.   These are two drawings from the session, one a two minute sketch, and the other a twenty minute drawing.  Whether it's two minutes or twenty,  the time passes so quickly.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Cars Are the People

Another Brooklyn 9x12 oil on canvas of the corner of Third and Union.  Cars are the people.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Retreating Shadows

This 9x12 oil on canvas depicts the sidewalk on Bergen Street approaching Sixth Avenue.  There's a police station at this location, which explains the way the cars are parked.  I was attracted to the retreating shadows culminating in a parked car.