Thursday, August 21, 2014

Highview Drive House - Wyckoff, NJ

Completed painting
oil on linen
10" x 18"

Had a nice trip up to Maine to see the Richard Estes show last week.  The man is a true genius with paint and canvas.

I have been commissioned by the owner of The Brick House and Aldo's restaurants in Wyckoff to do a large painting of each location.  When these 2 paintings are done, I will be doing paintings of the interior of each different room in the Brick House to be published as a book for the restaurant. All these paintings will be hanging in the restaurants for the public to see and enjoy. When these multiple paintings are done, I may be doing a mural for the lobby.  I have my work cut out for me now for at least 6 months.

I just have to mention a very odd thing that happened after meeting with Aldo and securing all this work.  I went outside to photograph the exterior of the Brick House, and while standing in the middle of Godwin Avenue, a total stranger drove up right next to me and asked, "are you the artist?" I was taken aback but replied yes, how do you know that?  She said that she owns one of my paintings that she bought at Kerygma Gallery in Ridgewood, 10 years ago.  I have no idea how she recognized me, but I will take that as a very good omen for my upcoming work with Aldo.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Highview Drive House - Wyckoff, NJ

First stage of underpainting complete.

I just found out yesterday that I will be having a one-person exhibit at Lambert Castle in Paterson, NJ, in conjunction with the Passaic County Historical Society in December 2014 through March 2015.

I was also notified that I will be included in a major NJ diner retrospective and installation at the Middlesex County Museum in April 2015 through April 2016.  My paintings will be hanging with one of my all-time favorite artists, John Baeder.  It is a huge honor for me to have my work hanging alongside this absolute legend in the world of photorealistic painting.

I will post more info about exact dates for receptions, etc...when everything is finalized.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Wyckoff Avenue House - Wyckoff, NJ

Completed painting.

Oil on linen.

10" x 20"

I get to meet such interesting people doing these custom home portraits, and the owner of this beautiful home is no exception.  He is a private helicopter pilot to a hedge fund "master of the universe", who lives in Greenwich, CT.  I am hoping to do a painting of his mansion soon.

The Bergen Record has added some more prints of mine for sale on their site, with about 50-75 more to be added in the coming months.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Wyckoff Avenue House - Wyckoff, NJ

Still going.  The installation at the museum is finished.  This will be the permanent home for these paintings and prints.  Museum is open to the public today from 1PM to 5PM.  330 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ.  I will be doing a painting of the exterior of the museum as a gift to the director soon and that will be hung under the tv to complete the room.  We will be having a grand opening celebration at the museum sometime in late September.  More info to follow.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ramapo Road House - Teaneck, NJ

Completed painting.

Oil on linen.

8" x 12"

The director of the Paramus museum took 8 more paintings and 3 more prints, in addition to the 7 originals and 10 prints he bought initially.  He tells me that everything should be ready by this weekend.  He is going to build an addition to the museum as well, for me to give presentations and classes.  I'm costing this man a tremendous amount of money, but he tells me that it is well worth every penny.  Such an amazing man to work with.

I can't thank you enough for this, Fred.  Absolutely incredible experience for me.

I will post some pictures of the finished space whenever I finish my next painting and post to this blog.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Wyckoff Avenue House - Wyckoff, NJ

First stage of underpainting complete on both paintings.  Second painting is on Ramapo Road in Teaneck, NJ.

I have been nominated for the Bergen County Legends Award in honor of BC's 350th anniversary.  It would be great to be accepted as a Bergen County living legend.  I believe I am the only artist to ever focus on BC as subject matter for so many paintings, so we shall see how this plays out.


Monday, June 30, 2014

Crestview Place House (2,3 & 4) - Bogota, NJ

Completed paintings.

Oil on panels.

5" x 7"

I know these paintings will have deep meaning for the children of the woman who commissioned me and that is a very special thought for me to have, but I hope I never have to do the same painting multiple times ever again.  This was work instead of the usual fun I have painting.  So glad they are done.

Callahan's is back in business, and I will be doing a painting of the truck for the owner sometime soon.

Jamie at 2 years old in preschool with his old friends.

Prints have been hung at the Paramus museum.  I am quite pleased with how everything is coming together so far.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Crestview Place House (2,3 & 4) - Bogota, NJ

First stage of underpainting complete.  Paintings and prints are being installed in the museum in Paramus.  The director took a few more originals in addition to the original 7.  The cabinets have to be removed and track lighting installed in the space, then we will be good to go.  It is very nice to know that these paintings and prints will have a permanent home here for the public to see and enjoy.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Miedama Place House - Midland Park, NJ

Completed painting

Oil on linen

10" x 18"

Prints of some of my paintings are now being offered for sale on the Shop The Record website.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Miedama Place House - Midland Park, NJ

First stage of underpainting complete.  The other photo is of my painting of the harbor in Honfleur, France hanging inside this same collector's home.

I saw the initial mock-up of how my paintings and prints will be hung in the museum, and I am beyond thrilled.  After the electrical work, construction of the renovated space and final wall color is painted, I shall take many pictures.  Hopefully that should be in a month or two.

The "Art of Healing" show at Englewood Hospital opens this Thursday, and I will take some pictures of my paintings hanging there as well.

Finally, I have to get up to Maine this Summer to see a major exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art.  The artist is Richard Estes, and he is my hero in the genre of photorealistic painting.  I have heard from some artist friends who have seen it that it is stunning and a must see.  Really looking forward to it.


Monday, June 02, 2014

East Woodland Road House (c.1962) - New Milford, NJ

Completed painting.
Oil on linen
12" x 16"

Next picture is a possible painting if I ever get back to doing one for myself and not a commissioned piece.  Let's Go Rangers!
Next photo is an assembly line of paintings of the Bogota home.
Lastly, a painting I did years back of the VanderPlaat historic house which is in real danger of being demolished.  What I find ironic about this is that the builder is from Wyckoff, and has been doing this sort of thing for years with no regard for Bergen County history.

Link to more info about this below.

VanderPlaat Hearing

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Crestview Place House - Bogota, NJ

Completed painting
Oil on panel
5" x 7"

Received my giclees from my printer for installation in the museum.  Very difficult job to stretch these onto stretcher bars, trying to line up the printed edges to the edges of the bars.  I think they came out great and will look amazing with the originals in the museum.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

East Woodland Road House (Circa 1962) - New Milford, NJ

First stage of underpainting complete..

I received a very interesting commission this past Friday.  A client would like a painting of her home in Bogota, NJ as well as 4 more paintings of the home for her 4 grown children who all live in other parts of the country due to military duties.  She has lived there for 63 years, and the home is located right behind the church I used to belong to when I was a kid.  I have never attempted to do the same painting 5 times over, but I feel like this should be very special for her and her children.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Eileen Drive House - Cedar Grove, NJ

Completed painting

Oil on linen

8" x 14"

Friday, May 09, 2014

Derwent Avenue House - Verona, NJ

Completed painting

Oil on panel

5" x 7"

I just received my postcards this past week, and they look great.  So much so, that I ordered 1000 business cards as well.  I highly recommend  I will be using them for any and all future printing projects.  The website for the T-shirts is in testing phase, and 20 shirts were sold on the first day.  I will post a link when it is finalized and live.

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