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A number of times this fall, I’ve put away my portable easel thinking, “Well, this is it. Time to stop thinking about outdoor painting.” Especially after that unusually early snowstorm several weeks ago! But, the weather keeps on teasing. Anyway, before that storm, I had a commission to paint a view of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Brooklyn side, which put me in the mind to check out the view from the Manhattan side. It took a little planning, but it was surprisingly easy to drive from my studio across the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel and park in a relatively cheap garage across the street from the Manhattan Bridge.

In spite of Chinese families standing about 8″ from me or my easel to watch (and then asking me questions in Chinese, which by the way I don’t speak since I’m Korean-American), and the occasional tourist group posing for photos directly in my view, it was a fantastic place to paint. Note to self: fantastic only when the temps are in the 70s or less because I was standing out in the sunlight. Here are some photos:

The light was very diffuse making the shadows very warm.I had great fun painting these; I had been in the mood for painting blocks of buildings and their varied tones depending on the light. I’ll be finishing them up in my studio.

You should see the weird tan I got on the left side of my face and neck! It wasn’t very hot, so I forgot to put on sunscreen and the glare of reflected sunlight off of the East River was much stronger than I expected. Another note to self: make appointment with dermatologist for bi-annual skin assessment!


News flash! I joined 440 Gallery, a wonderful artists collective with a lovely storefront in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  Most of the time, one of the members have a solo exhibition in the main, front part of the gallery, and meanwhile the other members show a sample of their work in the back part. You should definitely ask to see what’s in the flat files (also in the back area).  There is quite a variety of great artwork: painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media. And, most wonderful (and astonishing) is how reasonably priced all the art is there. You have to stop by to see for yourself!

Here is what I have in the back right now:

Purple and Blue Awnings, oil on canvas, 12"x16"

I’ve also left some oil studies on panels (discounted heavily!) in my drawer.

The gallery is open Thursday and Friday, 4-7, Saturday and Sunday, 11-7, and by appointment. Check it out! For more info, visit

An idea whose time has come… now available, a compilation of my paintings from over the last 8 years, depicting the Gowanus Canal and scenes nearby: Gowanus – The Canal and Its Environs. With almost 30 color reproductions, printed on high quality, heavyweight paper, this paperback book documents how many ways I was inspired by the canal. Order it by December 12 to get it delivered in time for Christmas (or pay more for faster delivery). Click on the image to see a preview and ordering information. Thank you!!

If you are in the NYC area, be sure to hop a subway and swing by Sterling Place this weekend, June 5-6, 1-6 PM. I’ll be showing as much work as I can squeeze in this lovely home decor and gift shop at 363 Atlantic Avenue, between Hoyt and Bond Streets.

I am definitely a masochist… as if I don’t already have a lot of paintings to sell that are framed and ready to go, I gave myself a goal of painting six new mini-paintings (6″x8″) just over a week ago so that I’ll have some well-priced, potentially impulse purchase items. It’s been kind of intense painting these, but the need for speed has forced me to really focus on the abstract qualities of each painting. They’ve turned out to be a lot of fun.

I started with a commercial doorway in my studio neighborhood and one in the residential Park Slope. This gave me the idea to focus on doors (not very original, I know). Here they are:

Stoop and Awning

Green Door

I’m a little behind in adding these and the other 4 in the works so far to my website, but hopefully will get to that just before the ArtWalk… or not!

Hope to see you this weekend!

It’s been quite a long time since I last posted. A busy home-project filled winter distracted me from my studio and artwork. The burst of warm weather a few weeks ago drew me outdoors, first to Manhattan:

Tompkins Square Park

Then, I thought, why waste all that time and energy schlepping to Manhattan when I have Prospect Park blooming like crazy just a few blocks away?!

Pink Spring in Prospect Park

And, then I got more ambitious and got out my Julian easel when I drove by a beautiful enclosed garden at a church in Park Slope. The peaceful air, the blowsy flowers, and sense of being somewhere else was irresistible:

Spring Blooms in Garden (St Francis Xavier Church)

I’ve been posting more regularly on my Facebook page:!/EllaYangStudio. If you are on FB, please visit and become a fan! Thank you!

Now that the Gowanus Canal has been named a Superfund site by the EPA, fresh attention is being paid to it. My paintings have been used recently on a blog post (Salon du Schandenfreude) and in a NY Times “Ode to the Gowanus Canal” online art show.

"Union St Bridge, Fall Afternoon"

After much indecision about which painting to submit to this premier annual event, I was swayed by my Facebook fans, who voted for Early Evening on Garfield Place! It is a large painting with a gorgeous frame, and sure enough it was accepted.  Now, we’ll see if it won any awards!  The exhibition is up from now until Friday, November 27, open to the public daily 1-6 PM.

"Early Evening on Garfield Place," oil on linen, 24"x30"

The Salmagundi Club is located at 47 Fifth Avenue @ 12th Street, NYC.

Visit the 440 Gallery before the show closes on Saturday, July 25!  The work in the show includes a broad range of styles and techniques including painting, drawing, photography, prints, mixed and new media that directly relates to the borough of Brooklyn, NY.  My painting, “Early Evening on Garfield Place” has a great spot near the entrance! The show was reviewed in July’s Wagmag, a local arts website.

I just found out that one of my paintings, Early Evening on Garfield Place, will be included in The Brooklyn Show, a themed-exhibition juried by Florence Neal, the co-founder (1990) and director, of Kentler International Drawing Space in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Ms. Neal is also an artist and her work, along with several public art commissions, is presented in local, national and international venues.  This group show is hosted by the 440 Gallery, a jewel-like gallery in Park Slope, Brooklyn, located at 440 6th Avenue (between 9th & 10th Streets. The show opens on June 25 and runs through July 25, 2009.

early evening on garfield place

Please join me and Mary K. Connelly as we open our exhibition this Saturday, May 30, at the Salmagundi Club in their Patrons’ Gallery. We’ll both be there all afternoon, 1-6 pm.  We’ll be showing mostly small works: Mary’s interiors are intensely colored and are incredibly evocative; I’ll be showing recent street views from Brooklyn and Manhattan, as well as a few landscapes of Block Island and Cape Cod. The show will run through Thursday, June 11, with general hours being Wed – Sun, 1-6 pm, and Thursdays, 1-8 pm. We’ll be taking turns gallery-sitting.  Contact me if you’d like to know when I’m there! Located at 47 Fifth Ave, at 12th St, it will also be convenient to head over to the Annual Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit.Postcard front[250]

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