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More Window Painting

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More window painting!  Unfortunately, the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies has sold the building and they are moving.

But they called me to do up their windows one last time.

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They came up with the truck idea and I came up with the boxes and moving men.

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One set of windows has about 2 feet of depth to work in.  Here is what it looks like from the inside work space.

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Every time I went in and out of the room to wash brushes I felt like this man was watching over me.

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The painted moving  boxes juxtaposed with the real moving boxes.

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You can’t miss this almost life size truck when you come up or go down the subway station at 22nd and Park Avenue.  Sometimes I see people taking a quick pic of me as they hurry by.   I am the monkey in the window when I paint!

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Best of luck to FPWA in their new home down the block!

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More Christmas Window Paintings

Here are a few more Christmas Windows.  I finished up with these last week.  It’s always a good feeling to finally be done!

These first few photos are from Kellogs Diner in Brooklyn.  Located on the very busy subway stop of Union and Metropolitan avenue in Williamsburg. George the Greek no longer owns it.  (New news to me.) Vicki is the new owner.  She is one of those women with a very strong personality who you instinctively know it is a good thing to be on her good side.

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Vicki made it very clear she was happy to have a new window painter this Christmas.  She got my number from another client of mine.  I used to paint this diner years ago before it was remodeled.  I was just happy she was happy with most of it.

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It took me almost 2 hours longer than estimated.  That is one weak area – underestimating the time it will take to paint.

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Kellogs Diner was a total of 16 windows and a constant flow of hungry customers.

When you spend hours on end hopping from booth to booth in a crowded diner you hear everything.  You hear more than what you want to hear.  Crazy conversations, parents shushing their kids for talking loudly, belching, but I have to say a pet peeve of mine is when people suck their teeth!  It has the same quality as fingernails on the chalk board.

Below is Little Italy Pizzeria on 47th Street in Manhattan.

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Dino, the owner likes to include all the holidays.  Happy Hanukkah!

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And he likes me to paint his logo, which is a running pizza man. After Christmas he’ll scrape the Santa hat off it’s head and keep the running man.  Whatever makes him happy.

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They really do have some awesome pizza.  My son recommends the Buffalo chicken and the calimari slice.

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Next, is La Nostra Pizzeria on 110th Street & 2nd Avenue in Manhattan.  Joe runs this place and 20 years ago I painted his father’s pizzeria in Brooklyn.  I had some linguine and broccoli sauteed in garlic and olive oil when I was done.  Delicious!

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Here is one of the delivery guys taking off for a delivery.  It was a warm but rainy night when I finished up. I took pictures and headed downtown to Soho for coffee with my friend Deborah.

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Finally, I was back in Manhattan recently and I was able to take day time pictures of the second half of the FPWA windows on Park Avenue and 22nd Street.  They won’t be here next year.  The building was sold and they are being booted out.  Look for them on the lower east side – same time next year.

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As you can see I have windows right at a couple of subway stops in New York City.  Not bad for a country girl from Nebraska!

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When You Need an Artist

Where do small businesses turn to when they need a job done that requires a steady hand?  They turn to their local artist.  Thus, started my journey to my favorite pizzeria in lower Manhattan.  I took the train to get to Picasso Pizza.  As I walked to reach my final destination I passed this sculpture.

This is “The Sphere” by Koenig.  It was conceived as a symbol for World Peace and stood in the shadows of the World Trade Center buildings for 30 years until that fateful day.  But it survived and was placed in this park as a temporary memorial for all.  This sculpture, created as an icon for World Peace, survived 911.   Miraculous, ironic, symbolic and spiritual all at the same time.

What sophisticated skills and ancient mediums were needed from a classically trained artist?  Chalk!  Lettering in chalk on the menu board was the job for the day.

We started out by going to Pearl paint to get supplies.  Pearl paint is probably the best and biggest art supply store in all of New York City.  (However, it is debated who is better, Utrecht or Pearl).  Michael gave me his credit card to go in and get whatever I needed.  A gold platinum credit card with no limits.  So I went all out and bought $11.oo dollars worth of chalk.

Michael’s father, Michael Sr.  and I decided we made the better team.  He figured out the columns and item placement and I drew them in.  Oh, and the younger Michael, he went to the other pizzeria and ran errands; and I did give him back his gold platinum card.

This store was  just remodeled.  Opening day was at weeks end.  Writing out readable lettering while sitting on counter tops and standing on ladders is not the easiest thing in the world.

Yet, it was lots of fun chatting away with Michael Sr. all day long.  Maybe that’s why it took so long to do but my kids don’t mind because when I am done, I always come home loaded down with food.