Tuesday, October 29, 2013

New York I: Queens, from the ground


I`m back from a successful painting trip to New York. I stayed in Astoria, Queens,  a very pleasant area with  an astonishing variety of restaurants, and which has very much a community atmosphere.

 28 pochades from New York: a good and consistent catch this time

 I explored the area between Astoria Park in the North to the Generating Station on 20th Avenue in the North-East, Queens Boulevard in the South and Queensbridge Park in the North-West. All this can be done quite happily on foot.

 Eleven from Queens, from the ground. There are three painted from a roof which I`ll put in a separate posting.

It has a fair range of buildings and spaces, with industrial spaces and workshops along the river and to the North West, as well as handsome tenements and detached houses.

 43rd St and 31st Avenue, Queens, N.Y., oil on card, 14 x 13.5 cm   SOLD

 The fringes of cities, usually less mediated than the centres, contianing ruin and well as order, industry as well as commerce and houses as well as blocks, are almost always much more fun to paint.

Warehouses, Queens, N. Y., oil on card, 15 x 9.5 cm

This next, painted under the wonderful raised railway, is one of the best of the bunch, I feel:

 Under the tracks, Astoria Boulevard, Queens, N. Y., oil on card, 14.5 x 10.5 cm  SOLD

 41st St from the junction with Newtown Road, Queens, NY, oil on card, 15 x 11 cm

Woodside Avenue, Queens, N. Y., oil on card, 13.5 x 12.5 cm

I bought beautiful American oil points by Williamsburg, which have helped enrich my earth colours.

Astoria Park, Queens, N. Y., oil on card, 12.5 x 14 cm   


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