Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights
This painting is not a Manhattan manhole, but it is a sidewalk, ground sculpture of a sundial. My intention that day was to go out and paint a particular manhole. When I arrived at the location, I realized that I had already done that particular one. I had dragged this big piece of canvas with me to the site, all my equipment, and all my paint, but there was nothing to paint. I looked around and spotted this sculpture and thought, “This is going to be beautiful.” I used the same technique that I use for my manhole paintings. As you can see, the lines are cleaner because there was no humidity in the air the day I painted it. I was able to really hone in on my favorite parts of this manhole. I especially like the way the water I used to spray it with dried peacefully in the center. As I observe this painting, the colors change on me. Sometimes they are purple; sometimes blue. Other times, the colors are yellow. For the longest time, I did not like this painting, but it has become one of my favorites.