Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Good draftsmanship and fine line work was crucial to the correct orchestration of this linear composition. My initial concept was to create a piece using cool north light and warm deep shadows which lead the eye from left to right, settling on the uplifting warm glow of the orange.

This piece will be the very first painting of 26 pieces to greet you at my solo show which opens tomorrow in the village area of New York City.

New York based Composer and Tenor John Des Marais has also arranged a musical composition entitled 'Color Wheels' to be played at the launch of my exhibition and reception tomorrow night.
The musical composition comes in two movements. The first being called 'Acceleration' and the second movement entitled 'Drift'. I look forward to share this specially created musical piece with you all shortly.

Now I'm just giddy with excitement to celebrate tomorrow night! 
Wish me Luck! - R 

Above: Composition in Orange and White - oil on linen canvas - 12"x9"

' The Artist's Shelf ', New York City 2014.
  O'Sullivan Antiques, 51 East 10th Street, 
  Between Broadway and University Place.
  New York, NY 10003.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Having a Ball - NYC is what's happening!

Since our arrival to NYC over a week and a half ago we have managed to cram so much 'work related' things into our time, but it's still feels like a holiday!

The sun is shining each day now and the temperature is starting to rise, much to the relief of all here after a brutal winter!

With prep for my shows 'timetabled in' I am starting to get into a sort of routine, which is largely due to our ideal location in the Greenpoint area of Brooklyn. 

Just a short few blocks west is a beautiful park and running track. The views from this park towards Manhattan are incredible, with the Empire State peaking out to greet me from behind the large oak and sycamore trees where I like to sit. I'm trying to get to the park four times a week in the mornings. It's a great place to run and keep fit. Loads of people are there playing football, tennis, sprinting, jogging and using excerise bars. I started doing some of my Karate and Tae Kwon-Do training in a quite area which feels great, but it's becoming really an excuse to spend time in the sunshine.

This day week my Manhattan solo show opens and my reception in Greenwich, Connecticut in a forth night. I reckon the pressure in regards to getting all the various bits organised for the shows will be off after the first opening, and I'll be able for more gallery and museum visits as well as strolls in the parks and some well missed painting and perhaps a couple more pints from the local brewerys! 

Here are a few pictures of just some of the places we have visited and things we have got up to since our arrival.

Looking toward the Brooklyn Bridge.

A walk across Central Park.

Hanging out around Lincoln Center and Columbus Circle.

Mornings on the running track.

At a Bach recital at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Bedroom of the studio loft (IKEA showroom :) we are renting in the Greenpoint area of Brooklyn.


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Cruciform in Orange and Blue

Cruciform in Orange and Blue - oil on linen canvas - 20"x20"

An image and details from 'Cruciform in Orange and Blue', a recently completed painting which will feature in my coming New York City solo show on April 17th.

With this piece I worked on heightening the play between the warm light and cool shadow areas.
This play is most evident on the 'mixing stick' which reflects the warm coloured light of the halved orange below and turns to a cool bluish grey/purple passage.


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

It is like we never left!

Arriving again in New York last Sunday was just what I needed. The excitement I feel as I leave JFK for the city never changes and it almost feels to me like we never left!

This will be our 4th visit and exhibition here in as many years and our 5th and a half month in the city!
Since arriving we settled in fast. We explored a new area of Brooklyn, I visited my framer, met with some pals and called to the Salmagundi Arts Club on 5th Avenue for the first time as well as revisiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art today.

A piece that caught my attention at the Salmagundi Club.

In the Velasquez room at the Met.

New York's seen a hard winter but the temperatures are picking up now. The birds are busy and I'm seeing the buds on the trees are looking ready for their late spring arrival.

On the weekend we will travel to Greenwich, Connecticut to visit with the Anam Cara Gallery and deliver works for a display and reception on April 24th. On Tuesday I called to O'Sullivan Antiques in the beautiful west village area of Manhattan and will deliver works to the gallery on April 10th to begin the installation for the solo show on Thursday April 17th.

O'Sullivan Antiques, 51 East 10th Street, between Broadway and University Place, Manhattan.