If you have been watching you might have noticed New York City in some of my artwork. That is because there is something about New York City that has taken hold of me. My love of the New York City began more than 30 years ago when I saw the musical “Cats” on Broadway. It became stronger when in 1999 my daughter moved there to work for the Jim Henson Company. The excitement of NYC coincided with the development of my second career as a watercolor artist. Not sure if this is a “chicken or egg” issue. Which came first? No matter what, I am always ready to collect resource material with my sketchbook and camera to add to my New York City body of work.
Bette O’Neil-Roderick, a correspondent for the Akron Beacon Journal and a freelance travel writer wrote a feature story about my feelings for New York City in the September 2014 Arts Issue of Akron Live Magazine. The story entitled Painting the Town, chronicled my attachment to art, my inspiration and influences, my choice of watercolor as my go-to media and my pursuit of every day scenes of New York. Continue reading Exhibiting in NYC
This is what someone who knows me well has to say.
So much of this is the result of the critique group that I attended with Bette Elliott and the accomplished artists that were there too.
Ted loves capturing seemingly forgettable moments and extracting their elements to construct something brand new. Through his constant observations of the world around him, Ted often wonders what is going on beneath the surface. Is an everyday scene truly just a forgettable moment or could it be something more? By taking elements from various settings and unifying them in his artwork, Ted transforms what was, into a singular moment of what could have been. Ted believes that art takes our common experience and expands the reality into something greater. After all, isn’t that what art is all about?
Ted applies this belief not only to his pieces that feature New York City but also to artwork based on locations throughout the world. He appreciates the many opportunities he has had to observe while traveling throughout North and South America, Africa, Europe and Asia. He looks forward to the future, to further expanding reality by creating singularly spectacular moments that exist in his art.
Ted offers private art lessons for those just starting out to accomplished artists. He also teaches composition and design at the Canton Museum of Art in Canton, Ohio.
My artwork is the result of being in the moment when I travel and when I paint. I use everyday events as my palette and my camera my “net”. I catch people in landmark (mostly) locations doing what they do, living their lives. There is a sense of wonder for me in each painting. The painting, 30 ROCK II is one of those paintings.
30 ROCK II arose from one of many trips to New York City. There are so many locations in the City that are meaningful but, Rockefeller Center is one that is unique in that so many “moments” occur there every second. The NYC mounted police happened to be present that day and I took a number of photographs of them in different locations about the Center. I was particularly happy with the two mounties that remain in the painting but a large portion of the scene was foreground with a large Dodge truck blocking the crowd behind it.
I’m comfortable using my artistic license to tell my story in the way that I want it to be told. Fortunately for me, a crowd of youngsters was queued up at a nearby food cart. I merged the images into a coherent composition that resulted in the finished painting. See the two images below and continue to wonder how lucky I was that spring day some time ago.
Choosing the subject matter is the easy part of creating fine art but, designing and composing a piece is the essential ingredient.
I’m happy to say that 2017 has been one of my proudest in terms of the recognition received for the artwork that I have created. Most recently the May edition had me entering a local show and a statewide show. The local show, the May Show at the North Canton Little Art Gallery and the statewide show, the Ohio Watercolor Society Watercolor Ohio 2017.
The good news is that I was “juried-in” in both of them and I won a prize in the local show. The judging wasn’t as kind to me as I had hoped for in the statewide show. But, I won the honor of my piece, 30 Rock III, traveling the state of Ohio with the road show of the Ohio Watercolor Society 2017 edition. The show had a great beginning at the Columbus Museum of Art. Then it is off to parts that I may never see but hope that the patrons in those parts enjoy that piece as much as I did creating it in the first place.
But, wait, the season is not yet over. There is one more exhibit that is a little bigger than the May Show and a little smaller than the OWS show. It is the Stark County Artists Exhibit at the Massillon Museum. I’m happy to report that I was accepted this year while I was not accepted last year. I was not eligible to enter the 30 Rock III piece since it was on the road not to be back for a year. But my first output of 2017, Riding the Bike Lane II, is home from the exhibit in Gallery + at the 78th Street Studios in Cleveland. It was entered via on-line portal and has been accepted. Now the waiting for the judging begins. Delivery to the Museum is November 19. I will be away on international travel until then and have reached out to a friend to have her deliver my entry along with hers. That is a long running show and the results may not be available until 2018. Stay tuned
My artwork is the result of being in the moment when I travel and when I paint. I use everyday events as my palette and my camera my “net”. I catch people in landmark (mostly) locations doing what they do, living their lives. There is a sense of wonder for me in each painting. The painting, Rush Hour III is one of those paintings.
Rush Hour III arose from one of many trips to New York City. Since early visits to NYC in the 1990’s, I have been fascinated by the excitment of Midtown. There is so much excitement with the traffic and the crowds dodging the traffic that I’m always caught up watching the interplay between people and car traffic as well as people and pedestrian traffic. I love to watch people crossing the street usually in the crosswalk but not always and how they are trying to beat the light. I’m usually taken by pedestrians in crosswalks coming my way sort of like me swimming upstream. The photos below are such instances
where I’m opposing the pedestrian traffic. But, the photo on the right is a freeze frame before the pedestrians take off. It is a catch-your-breath moment.
The freeze frame pedestrian scene was so appealing to me that I had to do something with it. The SUB of the subway sign was unnecessary since New Yorkers can relate to the N Q R W as the subway. There was way too much foreground even though I love “Zebra” crossings such as NYC crosswalks. There is only a hint of the zebra stripes in the painting. The reflection in the window had to stay. It was the calling card that creates wonder about the location and what’s on the other side of the street. I played up the suggested figures and tried to balance the cool buildings on the left and in the distance against the hot street light and crossing signal along with the reflection in the window. Even though the bus appears to be going somewhere, everyone else is waiting their turn during “Rush Hour”.
I said if before but I’ll say it again. Choosing the subject matter is the easy part of creating fine art. Designing and composing a piece is essential no matter if it is still life, plein air or action photography.