The view from Brooklyn to Manhattan as seen between nor’easter #two and #three.
In my native Philadelphia, we went downtown to Center City. In New York City, where I have made my home for over 40 years, there isn’t just one downtown—it’s all center, it’s all city—and that includes a large swath of Brooklyn. I am standing in what is frequently called Downtown Brooklyn; that now includes a newly-developed series of parks hugging the waterfront by the Brooklyn Bridge. It affords a wonderful view of Lower Manhattan’s financial district. Brooklynites have always known that they get the best view of this iconic neighborhood, although many of us still see the hole in the sky where the twin towers of the World Trade Center once stood.
I have never attempted to paint a cityscape as extensive as this one, and I clearly got into the stripes of some of the buildings. I hoped to maintain the spatial distance between the foreground of Brooklyn shoreline and trees while preserving the monumental buildings in the background. It was a lesson for me in using color to create scale, atmosphere and space, all while editing out everything that wasn’t essential to the composition. This was surprisingly a lot of fun to paint.
“But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen.” —Ernest Hemingway from A Moveable Feast
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 14.25″ x 21.5″