Sunday, March 1, 2015


If you buzz our buzzer, we ask who it is, and when we know who you are, we buzz you in. It's a surprise when you walk in. Our hallway walls are shocking pink, and bright orange; the steps and banisters are bright red. The brilliant, almost clashing colors, wonderful colors, make visitors laugh, and put most of them in a good mood.

After you climb two flights of steps you're at the third floor, where you see some of my paintings hanging on the pink wall.

This is one of my cityscapes. If you're a New Yorker or you've visited my hometown, you may recognize some of the buildings.

I like to do cityscapes -- I enjoy doing repetitive tasks, like embroidering "True Friendships Are Eternal" on a sampler. I gave it to Mom for Mother's Day when I was eight-years-old. I found a photo in a magazine ad that I loved, and copied it, and have copied it again and again in different ways and in different colors.

As we climb the stairs to the top floor where our home is, you pass my visions of the water,  birds flying over it, with the island of NYC in the distance.

The red door you're passing is the entrance to "DanceHouse" -- that's where our offices are, (John Cullum's and mine), and the theater-dance studio where I choreographed and rehearsed my Dance Drama Company.

Here's a quick peek at the clipboard on my desk -- my vision of the Galaxy. I clip email, passwords and addresses onto the galaxy.

On the other side of my desk, attached to my Blue Faces painting,
there's a list of ideas that I might use for my blog, and emergency phone numbers for tech pals.

At the top of the step there's a plastic plant, stage prop from my play "People in Show Biz Make Long Goodbyes," and a Clown painting that went with a song I sang to our son JD.

"See a clown,
He's looking down.He has a bird.
Oops he heard --
You and me --
Talking about the fact that he lives in a tree."

In the other part of our loft-home, on the door to JD's room,
there is my "Em Clown."

She's wearing one of my costumes; her eyes have fake lashes that I made out of black felt.  I painted the "Em Clown " on JD's door to keep JD company when I was on tour.

My biggest, bestest cityscape is hung in a prominent spot in the main hall where there's plenty of light from one of the skylights. Click the picture. You can see much more -- more buildings -- also the bridge to the borough of Queens.

I like my orange cityscape, but if I have time to paint another picture, it wouldn't be a cityscape.

Maybe I'll paint flowers.


Stan said...

Beautiful Em

Carola said...

I LOVE your paintings, especially that first cityscape.

Lynne said...

Oh Emily, your paintings are WONDERFUL!!! I love the bright colours, they seem to vibrate with such energy! I wish I could paint as you do!

Linda Phillips said...

Em, you have created the most amazing sanctuary for JC, JD and yourself. I am always in awe of your creativity and bold, independent lifestyle. I applaud your multi-talents.

I find that truly creative people share these traits. The ability to express themselves magnificently in any number of disciplines. Again, would you please adopt me?

Anonymous said...

Beautiful work Em! Loved seeing your art and more of your talent. ��

Peggy Bechko said...

Love the gallery! Hope you share more soon. Orange cityscape is my fav!

Orianne said...

They're great, I like the first one, I was 2013 in New York.