Wednesday, May 7, 2008

East Coast Excursion and Show

'Letting Off Steam'.........oil on canvas panel..........12x16 inches (SOLD)

Greetings everyone. This past month I’ve been busily painting for my two-person show at the Greenwich Workshop Gallery in Connecticut (see show invite below). I will be exhibiting new works inspired by a recent trip to New York and Connecticut. Pictured above is one of the pieces which will be on display. Cindy Baron, a truly accomplished and talented painter, will be showing with me.
Preparing for this show was extremely intense due to the short preparation time provided. Those New Yorkers! Always rushing this way and that, short deadlines and GO! GO! GO! Thank God for coffee!!! On top of that, my preparation time was cut even shorter by the necessary week-long visit to Manhattan to acquire reference material. It was non-stop from the moment we landed at JFK to the time we returned to LAX. I like that, because when I re-turn to LAX , I re-LAX ;-) New York was very busy and fast paced is all I'm saying. We covered every inch of Manhattan, from Washington Heights where Ben and I were staying (yes, we went to the Cloisters) to walking along the Brooklyn Bridge and seeing the World Trade Center Memorial Site (extremely powerful and moving, everyone should go to pay their respects). Hit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, went to Barney Greengrass Deli, visited Times Square three nights in a row, walked through Chelsea, Tribeca, China Town, Little Italy, SoHo, Greenwich Village, East Village, Lower East Village, Central Park and ventured off the island briefly to Queens for Russian-Jewish shish kebob.
Click here to view online exhibition. Enjoy!

~I n M e m o r i a m~

Cindy Fancher

This trip was bittersweet for me, however, as it brought home the recent untimely passing of a very near and dear friend.
Cynthia Fancher, my late ballet teacher, was a true New Yorker and will be greatly missed.
I am dedicating this show to her.


Frank Gardner said...

Great paintings in that show Jennifer.
I like how you simplify your designs.
Are they all from reference pics or were some of them plein air?
I always feel the same way in NYC. Everyone is moving so fast. It took me a long time to learn to slow down. Now I feel kind of trapped when the world whizzes by me so fast in the big city. It's fun for a few days though.

David Lobenberg said...

Looks like a great pair up here. Love both of your styles, and certainly glad to see some new paintings on your blog.

Tim Schutz said...

Jennifer, awesome paintings and what an experience! Truly inspiring work. If I had the dough, I would snap up "closing time" in a heartbeat.

Robin Weiss said...

Nice work Jen! Your style injects life and energy into the Cityscapes. The figures in your scenes especially dynamic.

Kate said...

Hi Jennifer! I found your blog through Bill Wray's blog, and I'm blown away by both your art and your presents. You go girl!!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Hi Frank,
Thanks for stopping by:)
The paintings were done from reference pics and black/white value sketches I later used in the studio. I did managed to squeeze in a few postcard size plein airs.
Looking forward to my second visit!
I agree that NY is fun in small dosages, however, I think I would get overstimulated after being there for a stretch of time.

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks David!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Hi Tim,

Yes, New York was an experience indeed!..... inspiring and captivating in sooooo many ways. I'm hooked!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thank you Robin!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Kate, thanks for the visit and the kudos! :)

rob ijbema said...

excellent painting Jennifer,you are smoking!
is it possible to paint plein air on the streets of New York?or do you get moved on..
i know you can in Central Park
New York sounds a bit like it!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks for the comment Rob!
I actually kept the plein air sessions reserved for the less congested areas like Central Park, Washington Heights as well as some sleepy parts of Connecticut. Painting them on small postcards size panels (4 x5.5) also made it more expedient and convenient. Painting in the middle of New York at rush hour would seem a little daring. I would probably get knocked over by a mob of overly caffeinated people or worst, hit by a speeding cab. One thing I learned here in New York is drivers do NOT yield for pedestrians, whatsoever!

craigstephens said...

I'm so glad I stumbled across you blog. Your paintings are marvelous.

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thank you Craig!

C. Ousley said...

Looks like you and Cindy took no prisoners in your show. Jennifer "True Value" McChristian is your new moniker.
I like what Frank said in the first response...

fabietto said...

I love your art.

fabietto from Sardinia (ITALY)

drips of paint said...

good luck to your show, jennifer.

Very strong feeling your painting and you are getting better everyday ... what is the secret???

Sorry to hear the news of ballet teacher ... I think she is still dancing where she is.

wish you well;;

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thank you Fabietto!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Tim!

My secret is taking frequent breaks to reward myself with exquisite, Belgian dark chocolate ;-)

By the way, I appreciate your thoughtful and sincere condolences regarding Cindy.
I miss her very much.

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Chris!
Glad you dropped by :)

Jose L De Juan said...

I just had a minute to look at your New York paintings. Girl, you are getting better by the minute, I don't know WHY ON EARTH you freaked out so much about this particular show, quality over quantity wins the day every time. Beautiful. And keep going to the gym and sleeping, someone has to do it for us opverworked grunions.

Mike said...

Jen . . . .I must be absolutely unconscious!! I was so wrapped up in my own trip to NYC that I completely missed your show . . .didn't know it was happening! We were there at the same time !!~!

I hope your show was a smash hit!

Austin Maloney said...

I love your paintings. And I really like your blog too. I'm a fellow daily painter and I was curious if you'd be interested in doing a reciprocal link exchange.

My Blog:

My Email:

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thank you Jose!!
By the way, you forgot to mention eating!
See you soon....

Jennifer McChristian said...

Hi Mike,

It's the thought that counts. It would have been lovely to meet you but, oh well. Next time! ;-)
....Good to hear from you!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Hi Austin,

Thanks for visiting.
I appreciate your warm comments.
I would be more than happy to exchange links.


adebanji said...

That painting "letting off the steam" is simply Fantastic! I love it!!!!!

Joe Kresoja said...

Like the way you handled the buildings.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I just love your work and wish I'd been able to attend that show. Something reminds me that you have a Cape connection too. I am on the South Shore of MA.
I'm a believer in a soul life. I hope that sweet woman IS dancing in eternity. So sorry for your loss.

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Adebanji and Joe!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Hi Mary,

I do in fact frequent MA every summer. Lovely place drenched with sumptuous light. Can't wait for my next visit!

Thank you for your kind, thoughtful words and condolences.

Hani Hani said...

Hi I as amazed by your works.
Really, really beautiful.
Especially, dark colour pieces.