Gallery

Reading on the Street

Okay, he’s just looking at his phone, but he might be reading some very important investigative journalism from ProPublica. The sale of this and seven other paintings benefit them–go here to bid.

 

(Oh, and I’m pretty sure he knew how good he looked in those green pants with that red bag and that orange wall across the street.)

Woman in Black, Reading

This is part of a series of paintings of people reading that I’m auctioning off to benefit ProPublica. Go here for details.

So this was a painting that surprised me. I was working from a photograph of a woman in a pink sundress, with the bright, happy, green Washington Square Park in the background. I often paint on black gesso, so there was a stage early on when all you could see was her figure against the black background–I hadn’t yet put in the dress, the bench, or the park.

I loved it so much at that stage that I wanted to stop–but it looked a little weird, with the dress and the bench only half drawn in. So I finished it as simply as I could, in black and grey, and left it alone. I’m quite sure it turned out better than it would have if I’d gone ahead with the pink dress and the park.

Reading on the Fire Escape

This is another painting I’m auctioning off to benefit ProPublica–go here for details.

The only reason I ever keep a painting is because I’m so pleased with it that I’m sure I’ll never paint another one as good. I kept this one for years for that reason. I just loved it. Even when I thought I was pretty sure I could paint it all over again and be just as satisfied, I wasn’t sure–so I did. I painted another version of it, from the same photograph, at a small size.

And I thought, “Yeah, that one’s good, too.”

So now I can let it go.

Although you can’t see it, she’s actually reading a book, which is why this goes in my series of paintings of New Yorkers reading.

 

Reading on the Lawn, Bryant Park

It’s time for another round of paintings for a good cause! I’m auctioning off eight paintings this week to benefit ProPublica. Go here for details.

Every time I go to Bryant Park (which is right behind the glorious public library in New York City, if you’ve never been) I just walk around taking pictures of people reading–some on their cell phones, some on computers, and some even on real books. It’s a beautiful place to be on a summer afternoon.

Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach is not in Manhattan. It’s in Los Angeles. It’s a charming little town along the coast that nobody can afford to live in. But you can go there, and walk along the water, and take pictures! That part’s free.

Anyway, this is just a little 5 x 7 postcard-sized painting that posted on eBay as part of a charity auction to benefit Planned Parenthood. They get 100%–I’m doing it all for them. Nice to raise some funds for a good cause! Go take a look–there are 11 in all. I plan to keep doing this once a month, so stay tuned!

French Village

Ah…this is a lovely little village in France…I wish I was there right now.

This is a little 5 x 7 postcard-sized painting that posted on eBay as part of a charity auction to benefit Planned Parenthood. They get 100%–I’m doing it all for them. Nice to raise some funds for a good cause! Go take a look–there are 11 in all. I plan to keep doing this once a month, so stay tuned!

Manhattan Taxis

Ah, New York City in the springtime, when everything’s candy-colored, even the taxis.

This is a little 5 x 7 postcard-sized painting that posted on eBay as part of a charity auction to benefit Planned Parenthood. They get 100%–I’m doing it all for them. Nice to raise some funds for a good cause! Go take a look–there are 11 in all. I plan to keep doing this once a month, so stay tuned!

Here’s a larger version:

Trinidad, Cuba

Trinidad is the most astonishingly beautiful town. Most people who go to Cuba only think about going to Havana, but Trinidad is IT. It looks just like this, for miles and miles: Caribbean-colored houses, Spanish tile roofs, dusty roads, donkeys, and people out everywhere chatting. (OK, I left out the people in this painting.)

Anyway, this is just a little 5 x 7 postcard-sized painting that posted on eBay as part of a charity auction to benefit Planned Parenthood. They get 100%–I’m doing it all for them. Nice to raise some funds for a good cause! Go take a look–there are 11 in all. I plan to keep doing this once a month, so stay tuned!

Here’s a larger version: