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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!

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Thanks to Passport & Palette (an art education series on PBS) and many forwarded emails and phone calls, some 50 plein air painters showed up at the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park today, including me.  We served as sort of a performance for the 1000s of Park visitors who were either bewildered by the presence of all the artists (“is this a class?”) or took on inspecting each artist’s work as a cultural obligation (albeit an enjoyable one). Luckily it turned out to be a beautiful day to spend in the Park. Here are my two paintings:

Morning at Bethesda Terrace, Central Park

Morning at Bethesda Terrace, Central Park, NYC

I’m going to add some figures into this scene to make it more realistic!

In the afternoon I worked on this view from a western path away from the Terrace:

Late Afternoon at Bethesda Fountain

Late Afternoon at Bethesda Fountain, Central Park, NYC

I started this one and there’s more to be done on it, but have a look anyway!

riverside park morning

For an outdoor painter, I’m considered a bit of a cold-weather wimp. Finally, tomorrow’s forecast sounds inviting and I will venture up to the Marina in Riverside Park.  I am hugely motivated because I’ve been invited to participate in a group exhibition at the Windham Fine Arts Gallery in upstate NY, the theme being Hudson River painted “en plein air.” And, as of this moment, I have no paintings that meet that description. Wish me luck!!

Well, it’s not as if I don’t have plenty of paintings, but I feel motivated to paint a few more for my upcoming exhibition: In/Sight=On/Site, Recent Paintings with Mary K. Connelly. We’ll be showing at the Salmagundi Club in the Patrons’ Gallery, a lovely newly renovated space on the second floor, from May 30 through June 11, 2009. Mark your calendars for the Opening Reception on Saturday, May 30, 3-6 pm and the Closing Reception on Thursday, June 11, 6-8 pm.  Mary and I met at the the Vermont Studio Center during an artist residency program in 2006. We found that we have complementary takes on our approaches to painting.  Her intimate, small-scale interiors and my cityscapes and landscapes speak to our shared Love of Place.  Mary will be coming from Denver, CO, for this show. postcard-front250 I’ll post some of my new work soon!

I dropped off my three painting submissions for the upcoming Spring Art Auctions at the Salmagundi Club. On three Friday evenings, March 13, 20, and 27 @ 8:00 PM, auctioneers will take bids for artwork submitted by Club members. Part of the proceeds will go towards the funding of the Club’s offerings: exhibitions, lectures, Artist Roundtables, music performances, etc.  Bids start remarkably low: $250 for original paintings, $150 for photography and graphics, $400 for sculptures. I’ll know on Monday which (if not all 3!) of my paintings are accepted by the jury. The auctions are open to the public; I’m planning to be there on the 20th & 27th. You’re all invited!

drizzly-morning-downtown-2006Drizzly Morning Downtown, 14″x14″

pink-afternoon-over-wellfleet-harbor-2007Pink Afternoon, Wellfleet Harbor, 12″ x 16″

mohegan-bluffs-2005Mohegan Bluffs, Block Island, 14″x18″

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