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See me on YouTube: Hudson Valley Artist Paints Covid-19 Inspired Painting of NYC

 

“NYC Unmasked”

36 x 24 Oil on Canvas

By Rose Gennaro

#2 Coronovirus Painting – Painted April 2020

 

“I love New York City and was inspired by God to paint an oil painting depicting NYC during the Coronavirus. The painting represents the strength of New York and its perseverance, even during the hardest of times. I wanted this to be an inspiration to people and to elicit a feeling of hope and faith in God during this challenging time.:

As I finished the first painting – ‘In the Midst of the Storm’ to the right, God gave me a strong unction that I HAD to do a second painting of New York City depicting the virus.  God gave me a vision in my mind of the NYC skyline with the Statue of Liberty rising up behind the buildings and bigger than everything else.  The sky was to show the coronavirus, but in this painting, I visualized more light breaking through.  I used 5 photographs that I had taken myself from various trips I had taken prior to do the skyline, arranging them in such a way as to show the main buildings and icons that everyone has come to know and love.  I painted the skyline first, because I needed to see that on the canvas before I could visualize the sky.  I painted the sky from two photographs I had taken previously also, and then blended them into one using my intuition and sense of what I was trying to express.  The entire painting is about what I want to SAY, which shows the coronavirus in the dark clouds, but the light of God is driving it out.   I also wanted it to represent the uncanny resilience that NYC is known for – and that it will triumph and be victorious despite the great darkness that has had it in its grip. 

What was also extraordinary about this painting, was that when I painted the Statue of Liberty face, I was simply trying to duplicate the actual face of the Statue of Liberty.  After painting the first unfinished round of it, I was tired and went to bed.  When I woke up the next morning I looked at the face and to my shock and amazement it was the face of Jesus!  It was not intentional but I have known for a long time that God’s anointing is with me when I paint.  I already knew this was a God inspired painting, but this was more confirmation to me that He truly guides my hand.  

 

*This painting is also part of a virtual show:  “Poughkeepsie Open Studios”  Poughkeepsie Open Studios

 

“Central Park in the Fall”

14x11″ Oil on Canvas

By Rose Gennaro

I painted this from a photograph I took while walking through Central Park one day in the Fall.  I loved the way the shadows were falling across the path, and have a special love for the Fall. 

“Twin Towers Remembered”

24x18″ Oil on Canvas

By Rose Gennaro

“I love New York City and was inspired by God to paint this to remember the Twin Towers and all the people who lost their lives that day. I visualized the Twin Towers as part of the skyline, but transparent because they WERE there, but are not there now. The Statue of Liberty facing the skyline, has a tear in her eye – representing the sorrow we feel over the loss.

 

“Statue of Liberty with Storm Approaching”

14x11″ Oil on Canvas

By Rose Gennaro

I painted this from a photograph I took from the ferry while approaching the Stature of Liberty.  A huge storm was approaching and we made it to Ellis Island before it hit.  On the ferry we would have been drenched, but I was happy to get some pictures.

Article published in the Southern Dutchess/Northern Dutchess News and Beacon Free Press - May 20, 2020 - "Artist wants paintings to offer hope during pandemic"

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