By Sarah Gilbert Fox

Published novelist, travel writer, editor and artist.

Painting: Blue Skies and Water Towers on a NYC Rooftop

I still get a thrill whenever I step outside and see these rooftop water tanks, because they remind me that I am now a New Yorker. Something I am so proud to be. Pandemic or not.

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Painting: West Village Dandelions

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Painting: West Village Dandelions
Copyright © 2020 Sarah Gilbert Fox

May is my birthday month. This May was a different kind of May. I was going solo.

Because of the pandemic, I’d sent my daughter, Jenkins, and two of her roommates to quarantine at a friend’s lake house in S.C. (thank you Anne Bauknight – who makes the most amazing tasting, beautiful cookies at SodaCitySweetsmessage her if you’d like to buy some!) 

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My husband, Mark, was still stuck in D.C., getting the house ready to sell or rent. So I was stuck in NYC for my birthday all alone, with only the four quarantine cats to talk to (I’d taken Jenkins’ cat and all of her roommates’ cats under wing, adding to our already 2-cat house).

The worst part of the first wave of the pandemic had eased up a wee bit – enough for me to feel okay about going for a long walk. 

My father, Thomas Franklin Gilbert, is considered to be the founder of the field of Human Performance Technology (he coined the term Performance Engineering). He used to work in the West Village, so I decided I’d make my destination his old office. Of course, when I arrived, all I saw was an old building that looked like all the other old building on the same block. But nearby was the Jefferson Market Garden, so I went to sit on a bench and admire the red geraniums and sketch out my next painting. 

The garden is so well maintained, but over in a corner were some brave dandelions poking their sweet little yellow heads out. After walking back the 4 miles to the Upper West Side, I went up to my terrace and painted them.

This is a Contemporary Abstract Figurative Expressionism with Mark Making made with acrylic paints, oil pastels and charcoal on canvas – it is a painting that tells a story.

A Contemporary abstract expressionism painting with mark making by artist Sarah Gilbert Fox.

  • Subject
    • Contemporary fine art
    Styles
    • Contemporary Abstract Expressionism
    • Figurative Abstract Expressionism 
    • Abstract Expressionism with Mark Making
    Mediums
    • Acrylic
    • Oil Pastels
    • Charcoal
    Materials
    • Canvas – Premier Back Stapled Gallery 1-1/2” Profile Cotton Canvas
    Size
    • 36″ x 48″
    Place
    • New York, New York
 Copyright © 2020 Sarah Gilbert Fox

Painting: Autumn in NY

Copyright © 2020 Sarah Gilbert Fox

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Before I moved to NYC, I’d never painted on a canvas larger than 48″ x 36″.  However, because of the pandemic, I had nothing better to do but paint around the clock… plus, I had a new terrace, so why not. My first attempt was so-so at best. 

So I stepped away from the painting for a couple of months and came back with the idea of adding some figurative aspects to it. This was when painting on a large canvas became exciting for me.

I like playing around with abstracts and mark making and letting the abstract speak for itself. I scratch things into a canvas and blur things around and wipe things off until the canvas comes alive, adding oil pastels and charcoal focal points. However, sometimes the canvas refuses to come alive unless I add something on which to focus. One of my favorite fall back figurative objects to use in abstracts are my poplar trees.

Hence, this painting was created.

 

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INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PAINTING

Subject

  • Contemporary fine art

Styles

  • Contemporary Abstract Expressionism
  • Figurative Abstract Expressionism 
  • Abstract Expressionism with Mark Making
  • Visual Storytelling Art

Mediums

  • Acrylic
  • Oil Pastels
  • Charcoal

Materials

  • Canvas – Premier Back Stapled Gallery 1-1/2” Profile Cotton Canvas

Size

  • 60″ x 60″ (5′ x 5′)

Place

  • New York City, New York

Era

  • Art during the 2020 pandemic

Portfolio: Sarah Gilbert Fox


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Figurative Abstract Expressionism

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Abstract Expressionism – Poplars

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Illustrations

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Number Ten

original contemporary abstract impressionism painting, emerging artist Sarah Gilbert Fox, rose, black, white, blue, color palette, mark making
Number Ten 
 Copyright © 2019 Sarah Gilbert Fox

This new contemporary abstract impressionism painting by emerging artist Sarah Gilbert Fox.

Oil on canvas. Canvas size 48″x 36″. Color palette / color way is rose, black, white, blue. Sarah Fox lives in the urban outskirts of Washington, D.C.

  • Title Number Ten
  • Type Abstract Impressionism
  • Movement • Fine Art • Contemporary American Art • Abstract Impressionism • Emerging Art (emerging artist)
  • Medium Oil
  • Mark Making
  • Canvas Size 48″ x 36″
  • To purchase the painting please click to send a request
original contemporary abstract impressionism painting, emerging artist Sarah Gilbert Fox, rose, black, white, blue, color palette, mark making
Detail, Number Ten 
 Copyright © 2019 Sarah Gilbert Fox
original contemporary abstract impressionism painting, emerging artist Sarah Gilbert Fox, rose, black, white, blue, color palette, mark making
Detail, Number Ten 
 Copyright © 2019 Sarah Gilbert Fox

Number Twenty four

original contemporary abstract expressionism painting, emerging artist Sarah Gilbert Fox, black, blue, cream, red, color palette, mark making
Number Twenty four
 Copyright © 2019 Sarah Gilbert Fox

This is a new contemporary abstract expressionism painting by emerging artist Sarah Gilbert Fox.

Acrylic on canvas with found objects. Canvas size 48″x 36″. Color palette / color way is black, blue, cream, red. Sarah Fox lives in the urban outskirts of Washington, D.C.

  • Title Number Twenty four
  • Type Abstract Expressionism
  • Movement • Fine Art • Contemporary American Art • Abstract Expressionism • Emerging Art (emerging artist)
  • Medium Acrylic with oil pastels
  • Mark Making
  • Canvas Size 48″ x 36″
  • To purchase the painting please click to send a request
original contemporary abstract expressionism painting, emerging artist Sarah Gilbert Fox, black, blue, cream, red, color palette, mark making
Detail, Number Twenty four
 Copyright © 2019 Sarah Gilbert Fox
original contemporary abstract expressionism painting, emerging artist Sarah Gilbert Fox, black, blue, cream, red, color palette, mark making
Detail, Number Twenty four
 Copyright © 2019 Sarah Gilbert Fox

Number Thirteen

original contemporary abstract impressionism painting, emerging artist Sarah Gilbert Fox, green, blue, purple, cream, orange, color palette, mark making
Number Thirteen 
 Copyright © 2019 Sarah Gilbert Fox

This is a new contemporary abstract impressionism painting by emerging artist Sarah Gilbert Fox.

Acrylic on canvas with oil pastels. Canvas size 48″x 36″. Color palette / color way is green, blue, purple, cream, orange. Sarah Fox lives in the urban outskirts of Washington, D.C.

  • Title Number Thirteen
  • Type Abstract Impressionism
  • Movement • Fine Art • Contemporary American Art • Abstract Impressionism • Emerging Art (emerging artist)
  • Medium Acrylic with oil pastels
  • Mark Making
  • Canvas Size 48″ x 36″
  • To purchase the painting please click to send a request
original contemporary abstract impressionism painting, emerging artist Sarah Gilbert Fox, green, blue, purple, cream, orange, color palette, mark making
Detail, Number Thirteen 
 Copyright © 2019 Sarah Gilbert Fox
original contemporary abstract impressionism painting, emerging artist Sarah Gilbert Fox, green, blue, purple, cream, orange, color palette, mark making
Detail, Number Thirteen 
 Copyright © 2019 Sarah Gilbert Fox

Number Eighteen

original contemporary abstract impressionism painting, emerging artist Sarah Gilbert Fox, rose, blue, purple, cream, orange, color palette, mark making
Number Eighteen 
 Copyright © 2019 Sarah Gilbert Fox

This is a new contemporary abstract impressionism painting by emerging artist Sarah Gilbert Fox.

Acrylic on canvas with oil pastels. Canvas size 48″x 36″. Color palette / color way is rose, blue, purple, cream, orange. Sarah Fox lives in the urban outskirts of Washington, D.C.

  • Title Number Eighteen
  • Type Abstract Impressionism
  • Movement • Fine Art • Contemporary American Art • Abstract Impressionism • Emerging Art (emerging artist)
  • Medium Acrylic with oil pastels
  • Mark Making
  • Canvas Size 48″ x 36″
  • To purchase the painting please click to send a request
original contemporary abstract impressionism painting, emerging artist Sarah Gilbert Fox, rose, blue, purple, cream, orange, color palette, mark making
Detail, Number Eighteen 
 Copyright © 2019 Sarah Gilbert Fox
original contemporary abstract impressionism painting, emerging artist Sarah Gilbert Fox, rose, blue, purple, cream, orange, color palette, mark making
Detail, Number Eighteen 
 Copyright © 2019 Sarah Gilbert Fox