This is Metropolitan Diner in Middlevillge, Queens. My friend George, who owns the restuarant with his family, asked me to paint Thanksgiving windows. I painted them last Thursday, November 3rd.
When I paint scenes on windows I use acrylic paint. It adheres to the window very well on a temporary basis. Once finished, it can last indefinately; as long as no one scratches into it or saturates it with water. Acrylic paint is liquid plastic. It doesn’t fade with exposure to the sun.
As a matter of fact, sunlight enhances the paintings and makes it glow the way stained glass glows when flushed with light.
I draw everything out in Mars black first. Then I color them in with vibrant colors. This results in the viewer being able to see the design both inside and outside the windows.
I experimented with some cool colors in this turkey instead of all warm colors.
This is George. I had to sneak this photo in. He is camera shy.
These are some local customers enjoying lunch. The man on the right is Ike Ilkiw. He owns NYC Adventure Tours. He was a real police detecdtive who gives tours of TV shows, movies and crime scenes. Maybe when my brothers come back in for a visit I’ll give him a call.