Painting: Postcard – Sky from a NYC Rooftop

Painting: Postcard – Sky from a NYC Rooftop
Copyright © 2020 Sarah Gilbert Fox

Hearing the ambulances zooming down the streets of NY with their sirens blasting during the first wave of the 2020 pandemic was devastating. We knew what it meant. That’s why we’d go out on the streets, hang out of our windows, stand on our rooftops and bang pots and pans, thanking the first responders who were putting their lives on the line. And we were letting those who were sick or were with someone who was sick know that they weren’t completely alone.During this time, all I could do was paint. This painting came to me on a day when the sirens weren’t back to back and the sky was particularly blue. The white clouds sailing over the water tanks on the roof tops reminded me that NYC was more than just a city inundated by the pandemic. It was a glorious city filled with diverse people. People who chose to stay here during the pandemic. While others were leaving for the country, many were staying, and these rooftop tanks were supplying them with water.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.

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  • Contemporary fine art


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


  • Acrylic
  • Oil Pastels
  • Charcoal


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


  • 36″ x 48″


  • New York City, New York


  • Art during the 2020 pandemic

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

By Sarah Gilbert Fox

Published novelist and artist.