The task was to paint this home as it may have looked around 1940. I was given the black and white NYC “tax lot photo” from 1940 and asked to paint it in color.

sivan 1930The following are some great photos taken by amateur photographer Charles W. Cushman in the 1940s. I used these for color reference and inspiration.


grocer awnings

Here is the finished product.


The paintings I make of buildings are meant to capture the exact details to memorialize the facade as it appears now. Each painting then becomes a time capsule or documentation of the era. Often I photograph the building and refer to Google Maps Street View to answer visual questions as I paint.

Here is a famous Greenpoint Bakery.