This morning I was walking in Riverside Park and spotted little bits of bright yellow darting around in some brush up against the blue horizon of the Hudson. It was a Hooded Warbler – a small bird with a black cap and tail, and bright yellow feathers underneath and on its face (male). Oh, the simplicity of nature! If the coronavirus quarantine does anything positive for the human race, it will be the gift of teaching us to put our focus on the small things in life, rather than what we have been salivating over for so long – consumerism, capitalism and getting ahead fast in our “‘thing-oriented’ society.” Some 70 decades ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a speech about this at Riverside Church. Perhaps now, his words will be followed. Anyway, I scribbled the scene in my head and this is what I came home and painted.

About this Painting

Morning in Riverside Park Manhattan New York contemporary abstract fine art painting by Sarah Gilbert Fox

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by Sarah Gilbert Fox

  • Title
    • Morning in Riverside Park
  • Size
    • 16” x 12″ on archival paper
  • Medium
    • acrylic
    • oil pastels
    • charcoal
  • Styles
    • contemporary abstract
    • contemporary abstract expressionism 
    • contemporary abstract markmaking

Details in the Painting

Morning in Riverside Park Manhattan New York contemporary abstract fine art painting by Sarah Gilbert Fox detail 1Detail One. 

 

 

Morning in Riverside Park Manhattan New York contemporary abstract fine art painting by Sarah Gilbert Fox detail 2Detail Two. The not-so-busy Avenue B in the morning.

I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin…we must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered. – Martin Luther King, Jr, in the famous speak he gave at Riverside Church -“Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence”

Morning in Riverside Park Manhattan New York contemporary abstract fine art painting by Sarah Gilbert Fox detail 3Detail Three. 

 

Morning in Riverside Park Manhattan New York contemporary abstract fine art painting by Sarah Gilbert Fox detail 4D

 

 

 

etail Four.

By any reasonable standard, Riverside Drive would be considered the best street in New York. Where else, after all, are there such views-not of a narrow river, as there is across town, but of one of the noblest rivers in the United States. – Paul Goldberger

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