This past weekend in New York City, an event that was a true New York experience was a great success and a ton of fun to be part of.  SINGLEFARE 4 is the invention of two alumni artists from the New York Academy of Art to raise scholarship money for the Academy. The guidelines state that any artist, from anywhere, can submit work, but it all has to be done on a New York City metrocard, and by the deadline.  Each metrocard mini-painting/art can be purchased for $100 at the exhibition.

This was the 4th year that they have done the exhibition, and it has turned into quite the New York City phenomenon - many famous and well known artists submit work, some artists' regular work would sell for thousands of dollars, but this is a chance to purchase great art for $100.  The event received much press in The New York Times, The Post, Youtube, and even was covered by the Chinese state new agency,,,so it is now even talked about in China!!!

Needless to say, the crowds filled the exhibition hall, and all had a great time seeing many great mini paintings, some by famous artists, and others just great in their own greatness.

Being a New Yorker, I had to submit a piece,,,,I learned about it at the last minute, so I created a little still-life the night before the deadline,,,,"Pear".  I had to use water based guache instead of oil to make sure it would be dry to mail to SINGLEFARE 4 the next day to make the deadline.  

Here are some of the photos from the event.


Top Row: The founders of SINGLEFARE 4 - Jean Pierre Roy and Michael Kagan greeting the people in line outside the event before it was open to the public on Saturday evening.

Middle Row:  The crowds that filled the HighLine Stages - where the event took place down by the HighLine in New York City

Bottom Row: Me standing in front of my piece "The Pear" - above my head, next to the "Stature of Liberty".  The urbanscapes below them were some of my favorite ones especially the one of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Was delighted to see my painting "PANETTONE & ORANGES"  in its lovely new home yesterday. This Italian cake is delicious with oranges and tea, and it reminds me of my wonderful Italian relatives and my trips to my beloved Italy--I was inspired to paint this still life.


"PANETTONE & ORANGES", oil on linen, 22" x 24"




I had the pleasure of seeing my commissioned painting YELLOW ROSES in its new home today.  I loved the way it looked in this room....the room had soft north light...

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I finally started a painting using the Tang Lady figurine I found during one of my many trips to China over the last decade.  The other objects in the painting were also collected in China during visits to Shanghai, Beijing, and other parts of China.

This blog will show each stage of the painting.

DAY 1:  

Setting up a still life can take a few minutes, or several hours depending on the concept that evolves.  Today, I spent a couple of hours selecting the objects, adjusting, placing, and then finally deciding upon the still-life composition. 

The next step was massing in the forms from dark to light, and at the same time, creating an accurate basic drawing of the objects in relation to each other, all the while keeping the composition within the rectangle of the canvas key.  The first stage is painted in with a mixture of ultramarine blue, burnt umber, and some burnt sienna for warmer areas.  This first stage if very important to the building of a painting, and will set the stage for a successful finish. 

Had to stop at this stage in late afternoon when the sun was no longer strong enough to continue ( I paint in daylight, from life).   To be continued........


The TANG LADY painting is emerging....the harmonious shades of jade, grey, and earth tones create a tranquil stage for the central Tang Lady be continued,,,,


On the easel, TANG LADY is coming along.  The front sprig of dried eucalyptus leaves was painted to have sharper detail and more contrast in the foreground, and less detail and less contrast as it moves backward in space.  The slight changes in value of each leaf is carefully observed to cause the sprig to have the illusion of depth. It also allows the viewer to focus on the intended foreground.  To be continued......

TANG LADY  -  More Progress

More progress made on TANG LADY......she is emerging from the canvas like magic.    I am now focusing in on the figurine where more of the refined detail will occur so that the viewer's eye will focus on the main subject.  The painting should be completed soon , and I will post final painting when be continued........

TANG LADY - Finished and signed

The painting details are saved for last.  The most contrast, sharpest edges, and refinement of detail are saved for the Tang Lady and the vase directly in front of the figurine.  This helps the viewer to focus on the central image which is the concept of the painting. Other details are also important, but they should be less emphasized.  The strong light reflected on the left round background bowl and the lightest dried lunaria leaves lead the eye to the figurine. The geometry of the painting is a triangle within a rectangle, or a diagonal juxtaposed with the strong vertical of the figurine. The dried eucalyptus branches and dried lunaria leaves mimic the shapes within the painting allowing for subtle movement and visual interest to guide the viewer through the painting.