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Easter Windows

Easter is early this year!  I painted these windows at Fortunatos Pastry shop last week.  IMG_3602

I was inspired by the plush Easter bunnies they had dispersed throughout the store.

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The girl bunny!

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Matching boy bunny!

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Flowers along the side windows…and all the people!  These folks are IT somewhere in Manhattan.  Yes, I do hear the conversations as I paint!IMG_3599

The back doors….

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The end windows.  The real meaning of Easter…the Lord has risen.  Peace, Joy, Love and Hope.

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Happy Easter!

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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Easter Windows

IMG_0477Easter is on it’s way!  It came very early this year.  Seems I was just catching my breath, recovering from the long and intense weeks of Christmas window painting, when I received a call from Fortunatos, “Can you come paint Easter tomorrow?”  And that was before the month of February ended.

Easter window painting isn’t anywhere near the intensity of Christmas window painting but I do have a few steady clients each year.  Here are some of the windows in Brooklyn and Queens starting with the infamous Fortunatos.

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It was a good 20 minutes after midnight before I finished these windows.   Edgar, one of the Baristas,  stood around waiting for me to finish so he could lock up.

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This is a new client in Astoria Queens.  The owner lives near Fortunatos; thats how he got my number.

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When the sun is still out my windows take on a whole different look.  Just like stained glass the sun lights it up and makes it glow.

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Edgar, the Barista from Fortunatos, owns a restaurant in Brooklyn on Starr street.  It’s a newly gentrified area next to Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  He was such a good sport waiting for me after midnight that I was more than happy to bring a little Easter to his restaurant.

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I have a free meal for me and a guest coming to me next time I’m in town.  A word of advice… always make free food a part of the painting deal.  You never go home hungry!

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Below is another restaurant in Brooklyn.  This one is ideally located on Grand street just off of Lorimar.  Bahia. The owner told me he has been there for 14 years.  “So why have I not eaten here with my children?”  I asked.  He looked at me and said, “Yes, why haven’t you eaten here with your children?”

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Even though this restaurant is Salvadoran and Latin American Cuisine, the smells and aromas coming from the kitchen brought me back to the ethnic Polish restaurants I’ve been to in Chicago.  The European style seating where tables are all in a row and strangers sit right next to each other, had the same set up.  And yes, I did leave with a very large goody bag of delicious food for my crew waiting for me back home.  🙂

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Lastly, Doggie Day Care in Manhattan.  Alicia, the owner is the best.  She does all the holidays and is always happy with what I paint.  Work is so much easier when a customer is consistently pleased with your ideas.

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Speaking of Doggie Day Care, here are some St. Patrick’s Day and Valentine’s Day Windows.

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This is their winter Christmas window.

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Finally, my long time friend Robert at Capri-Jet Realty in the heart of Williamsburg; a man who always wants the biggest bang for his buck.  So I crammed in as much holiday as I could for the price of one.

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Thank you for stopping by to read my post.  It is my hope that when people see these images it brings a little smile to their face.  Easter, being the greatest of the Christian holidays, is about new life and new hope in the risen Lord.  Whether we are Christian or Jewish, Muslim or another religion, we are all united by the God of Abraham and a common humanity.  I hope the spirit of Easter, that peace and love are a part of your family this season.  Peace.