Monday, July 27, 2015

Sketching Bethesda Fountain at Central Park

Sketching at Bethesda Fountain. Central Park, New York.
Lately I've been going to Central Park in the early mornings and late afternoons with my sketch book and lawn chair to draw. Drawing has been a big passion of mine. I love to draw. What I like best about drawing is the fast results. I can quickly grab a few materials and set up anywhere in Central park and do a quick study sketch. I can move around at one location and create several studies for future paintings, then quickly pack up and go for a walk and look for new locations to sketch. 

Here's a spot I've been wanting to draw for along time at Central Park. The Bethesda Fountain. Great place and a popular location in the city. It's so beautiful.  Sketching here is challenging: lots of perspective drawing with the landscape and structures. I'll be back to this spot soon with easel and canvas.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Plein-Air Painting Central Park Dalehead Arch

Plein-air painting Dalehead Arch, Central Park, New York City.
One of my favorite spots in New York City is painting at Central Park. I did this last summer almost everyday and I loved it.  What I like best is that there are many spots to paint. You can almost set up anywhere to paint a scene and there's a lot of shade from trees.

When I visit Central Park to paint, I'm able to relax and just paint. People walking, biking, picnicking, and all the open space, trees and scenery just makes a nice peaceful environment. I'm looking forward to going back to finish this piece.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Plein Air Painting in Lower Manhattan

Plein-Air Painting in Lower Manhattan, Battery Park, 13x50, oil on Canvas
I've been wanting to paint at this location for a while. Located in lower Manhattan, Battery Park. This is a nice area; they have a bike path and a wide pedestrian path. I found a good spot.  

I'm fascinated with these new construction buildings in the city. There are so many new buildings going up. I took a long canvas with me, 13x50. I need to create longer ones. I'm looking forward to going back out soon. Keep an eye out for me.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Fourth of July Painting in Manhattan

Cityscape Plein-Air Painting, Manhattan, Bernard Garcia, Oil on Canvas, New construction Building
4th of July, Plein-Air Painting in Lower Manhattan, Oil on Canvas
I had a nice Fourth of July. I spent a cool afternoon painting a cityscape scene I've been wanting to visit for a long time. Located in lower Manhattan. I found a nice spot with low people traffic. It's located on the corner of Park and Broadway, next to City Hall. I like that section of downtown. It's not far from Wall Street and Brooklyn Bridge.

Friday, June 19, 2015

New Plein Air Painting of 56 Leonard Building, Tribeca, New York

New Painting of 56 Leonard Building in Tribeca, NYC
I've been enjoying my summer out door painting. So many locations to paint! This is one of my favorite spots in Tribeca. I've been creating paintings of the new 56 Leonard building since last summer. It's been an interesting project watching the construction progress.

For this piece I started with a grisaille (earth tone sketch). I do like this kind of start, its a good way to sketch in the scene, do all the perspective and drawing problem solving at this stage. once it's dry I'll return to start adding color.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Flowers Gallery Exhibit, Chelsea, New York

Summer Exhibition Flowers Gallery

I have a painting showing at Flowers Gallery in Chelsea New York. I was selected to participate in a group show for students, instructors and alumni of The New York Academy of Art.  The opportunity to show one of my recent pieces in Chelsea, the heart of the art world in New York City, is a great honor. 

Flowers Gallery is located on 20th street in Chelsea. Please visit to see mine and others amazing work. The work is impressive!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Washington Square Park: First Plein-Air Painting of the Summer!

Washington Square Park, 16x20, oil on Canvas, 2015
This was my first plein-air painting for the summer. I had a great time. The weather and light was nice.  This is one of my favorite spots in New York City: Washington Square Park.  I like the arch, it's a nice structure to draw and paint. Looking forward to going back soon.

I started this piece on a gray canvas, then sketched in with Transparent Earth Orange paint. It's a nice color, I discovered it in Patrick Connors portrait class at The New York Academy of Art. Then began adding colors, background to foreground, cool to warm colors.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

GRADUATION! New York Academy of Art, Class of 2015

New York Academy of Art, Class of 2015
I graduated from the New York Academy of Art! I now have a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in painting.  It's been an awesome two years and a dream come true. The academy has taught me so much, I'm looking forward to applying all that I've learned to new paintings and discovering and learning more.

Most important I'm grateful for all the amazing friends I've made at the Academy, the students, instructors, administration and maintenance crew have become a wonderful family for me.

I can't believe 2 years have gone by.

PS I'm opening a studio in Bushwick, New York. I move in July 1st.