I love New York. It’s a slogan that is often seen on baseball caps and tee shirts but one visit is all it takes to fall in love with this incredible city. We spent a memorable three days in New York exactly four years ago and I had great fun painting various sights in watercolour in my small leather-bound sketchbook. Probably the best view of the city is from the “Top of the Rock”, the viewing platform at the top of the Rockefeller Centre in mid town Manhattan. From there you get stunning views of Central Park in one direction and the Empire State Building in the other.
I was so impressed with the views that I made two visits, one around lunchtime when I did a sketchbook study. The other was early evening where we were able to enjoy the fading hours of daylight and see the artificial man made lights flicker on across the cityscape bringing a completely different feel to the vista before us. I did a small A5 watercolour in the studio based on the reference I obtained, keeping the brush marks and the palette quite simple so as not to get bogged down with too much detail. From this painting I published an A4 limited edition print which you can see at my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland, along with the original watercolour.