Sunday, November 22, 2009

AiP Art Show - "JUDGE and JURY"

"Judge and Jury" at the AiP Art Show (oil, 11x14) by Faith Goldstein

Just having some fun with the title on this one! ...I really had fun at the First Harvest Show in the Overlook Lodge at Bear Mountain State Park! It was fun to hang out with the other artists, and have some surprise guests show up to support the event. Good food, good drink, good people, and a great view of the mountains, Hessian Lake, and the Hudson beyond. I'm so happy to have discovered this hidden gem, so close to home... open for catered affairs and overnight retreats. (I could use one of those!)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

BEAR MOUNTAIN - First Harvest Show

Faith Goldstein fine art
announces participation
"A Walk by Hessian Lake" (16x20 oil) by Faith Goldstein ..... $519 framed
Please Join Me....and the other 'Artists In The Parks' members
The First Harvest Show
The Overlook Lodge, Bear Mountain State Park
Saturday - November 21
3 - 9 PM
FYI - Parking fee: $0, Drinks from the CASH BAR: variable,
Joining me to support this event:

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Blast from MY PAST

Spring Hat (acrylic) by Faith Goldstein Fine Art

In The Park (acrylic) by Faith Goldstein Fine Art
I wanted to share with you, a "blast from my past" today. These are 2 of the very first paintings I had ever done. If you visited with me in my studio, you may have seen my portfolio which includes photos of several of these acrylic paintings. They were painted, many years ago, under the tutelage of Don Keene; who continues to be a guiding influence in my life. Yesterday morning, I took the drive out to Madison CT, to paint with Don's Saturday morning class, in his studio. We talked first about my desire to create these same marks in oils; and my struggle to think it was possible to do. After a few minutes, I left all 'doubt' behind, and took the next step on my Journey! (Please stay tuned!) (Thanks, also, to Gina, for telling me it can be done!)
Check out Don's website at

Monday, October 19, 2009

after Open Studio event

Once again, I've had the chance to talk with some wonderful people, who came out to support the artists, during New Rochelle's ArtsFest '09. It was a cold, rainy week-end; but the warmth of human kindness and wine, were overflowing! Thank you, all, (merci, to some) who braved the weather, and the lone trolley(!), to support this event. Hope to see you, on the Journey again, soon! -Faith

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Open Studio event!!!!!!!

New Rochelle Arts Fest ‘09
Sponsored by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts

October 17 & 18, 2009

(Can you tell I'm going to have a busy week-end? I'm looking forward to this Journey!)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Art On The Trail Exhibit - Invitation

My two 11x14 paintings of Perkin's Tower (Bear Mountain) will be part of The Artists On The Trail Exhibit at the Highland Falls Library. The library is located at 298 Main Street, Highland Falls, New York. You are invited, to Join Us - Friday, October 16th, 5-8pm for an evening of Nature inspired artwork, refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. (I'll be there with some wine, for the Journey!)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Contemporary Still-life

"High Tea" (oil 16x20) by Faith Goldstein

This is another painting that I had started some time ago, in JC English's Traditional Still life class at the Pelham Art Center. It just needed those little red flowers on the teapot, to bring it to life! I also like my placement of that HIGH red bottle, going off the canvas. I guess that's what makes it a Contemporary still life. (Dare to be different, on this Journey!)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Green Cay Journey II

"Green Cay Journey II" (16x20 oil) by Faith Goldstein

I bet you never expected to see a new post so soon! If you visited my studio during New Rochelle's First Artwalk on August 6, you might remember seeing this painting unfinished. Well, I finally went back to it ... so here it is! I am working hard at choosing the elements I want to include in a painting, and editing the rest out. It is a challenging task, but I am the most pleased with the paintings that I have done this with. (See "Pool View" in an earlier post.) I hope you enjoy this "journey", and your own, today!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Lake George Boats

"America Boat, Lake George, NY" (18x24 oil) by Faith Goldstein...$450
I'm happy to report that I've survived my most difficult challenge! This is the largest oil painting I've done to date. Since it was too large to complete in just a few sessions, it was almost like painting several paintings, within a painting. I would say that I had the most fun with the water.... and today, repainting the mountains and the sky to better suit the painting as a whole, was a pleasure! OK... the boat in the foreground was quite a challenge! Do you think I pulled it off?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Artists in the Parks, Bear Mountain

Today was the first day of exhibiting paintings as part of the "Artists on the Trail" Outdoor Art Show. All images represent Bear Mountain... and some were painted on this very day! I was not feeling brave enough to paint on location, but painted instead, in my studio, from photos taken earlier this summer. I enjoyed the walk along Hessian Lake and was able to shoot quite a few photos for future reference in the studio. It was a beautiful day in the park. (My work will hang in this show through tomorow (Sunday), but I will (attempt to) spend the day painting!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bear Mountain - This Saturday & Sunday

I'm getting my paintings ready to show at Bear Mountain, this week-end. (They will be priced at only $200 each!) I am looking forward to great weather, and meeting the other artists involved in this program. The Art Show will be taking place on the playing field, near the parking lot. Look for the white and blue pop-up tents... and enjoy the day's Journey! -Faith

(See PAINTINGS of Perkin's Tower in an earlier post.)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

"Pumpkins at Weed Orchards"

" Pumpkins at Weed Orchards" (14x18 oil) by Faith Goldstein
If I titled this "Little Pumpkin" at Weed Orchards, would you have known which pumpkin I was talking about? Many thanks to my new friend, Jennifer, for allowing me to reference my photograph of Joshua for this painting. I loved the image so much, that I couldn't wait to paint it. I'm learning so much about oil paints with each new work; this one was so much fun... yet challenging, and filled with lessons for me.
Last night was an informal Open Studio in New Rochelle. Since I am back to my 'day job', I needed to be painting... but I thought there was no reason not to keep the door open for visitors. I just want to say how much I enjoy meeting people; and perhaps forming some life-long friendships. There is no place I am more comfortable, than in the studio, sharing our journey through art! (Next Open Studio is October 17 & 18. Please come by and say Hello!)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Perkin's Tower, BEAR MOUNTAIN

"A Walk by Perkin's Tower, Bear Mountain State Park" (11x14 oil) by Faith Goldstein ....$200

"Perkin's Tower, Bear Mountain State Park" (11x14 oil) by Faith Goldstein....$200

I am a member of the Artists In the Parks program for the Pallisades Park Conservancy, and have been invited to participate in their "Art on the Trail" event, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 19th & 20th. Due to my still shaky plein air skills, I got a head start by painting these two in my studio, from reference photos I shot earlier in the summer. I'm not sure if I will paint on Saturday, but these two should be on display with the other participant's work, on SATURDAY AFTERNOON & on SUNDAY. (A portion of the purchase price is donated to the Conservancy.) Bear Mountain State Park holds a special place in my heart. It is one of my earliest memories... probably because of the very tiny photo, I have, of me there, when I was only 3!
(Still to come... Lake George boats!) Whew... what a busy summer! Time for my daughter to begin her own journey, away at college, for the first time! ........I'll be back soon!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Late Night of Painting

"Pool View" (16x20 oil) by Faith Goldstein fine art

I am back from a vacation in Lake George, NY. I shot so many photographs that I'm thinking of making small notecards with some of them........others will be used as reference photos for future paintings. Although I brought my supplies with me, it just didn't feel right to take out the oils. I did, however, do some planning on this painting. I really did paint it in my head all week, before actually putting brush to canvas!

(It's 1 o'clock in the morning... so I think I'll just post and go to sleep now!)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Check back in 2 weeks...

Going out of town for the week. I'm bringing my painting supplies with me... but we'll see how that goes! (I really am planning to use them!) Please check back in with me in a couple of weeks. I promise to have a new painting or two to post. I'm still energized from the awesome Open Studio last week! I can't wait for the next time......... October 17 & 18 from noon to 5 pm.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Faith Goldstein fine art

"Serenity Buddha" oil, 16"x20"

I began this painting in a traditional still-life class, taught by JC English, at the Pelham Art Center. In preparing for last Thursday's Open Studios, I wanted to work on it a bit more, and have it ready to show. "He" was still so wet, I wasn't able to frame him out in those great dark brown lattice strips I cut and stained personally! I'll make sure he's 'fully dressed' for the next event... or you may see him hanging in the local area somewhere! (I'll let you know if that happens!) In any case, this is 'his' internet debut! I hope you enjoy him as much as I do!

( please e-mail me at faithart1@aol if you are interested in purchasing any of my paintings!)

Friday, August 7, 2009

New Rochelle's first ArtWalk & Open Studios

That's me in front of my little "Gallery" at the end of the day!

Two of my 3 GREAT studio-mates, Janet & Michele, and me, with Mayor Bramson!
(Thanks, Ross, for taking such a great photo!)

What an awesome experience! I spoke with so many wonderful people. Actually talked more than I ever have in my life on any given day... and it was so much fun! If you are new to my Blog, and I met you yesterday... thank you so much for stopping in to see my paintings, and to say hello! You all made my day; and for an artist who'd (thought she'd) rather be painting, that's not easy to do! (You all know what I mean!) I wish I had taken photos of everyone who came in to visit my studio space... but I hope you enjoy these for now. And I hope to see you again on October 17 & 18 for the next Open Studios event! (I heard it's going to be really big!)

Thanks for 'stopping in' on my Journey! -Faith

Monday, July 27, 2009

OPEN STUDIO event - Thursday, August 6, 2009

Announcing :
New Rochelle's first "Art Walk" on Thursday, August 6th, from 4-9PM!
I hope to see you there! -Faith

New Rochelle Business Improvement District (BID)
41 Westchester Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801 (

CONTACT: Ralph DiBart, Executive Director
914-960-1460 and 212-866-0191
July 27, 2009


New Rochelle’s emerging downtown arts district is being introduced to the public on Thursday, August 6th from 4:00 to 9:00 PM during the New Rochelle BID’s first Downtown ArtWalk. Ralph DiBart, Executive Director of the BID stated, “Downtown New Rochelle is becoming an attractive center for artists, dance studios, music, film and galleries. We hope to introduce many of these arts to the public during our first ArtWalk. We will also and celebrate the opening of BID Gallery 542, an art gallery in the former New Rochelle Trust Building at 542 Main Street. The space has been loaned to the BID by Cornell Pace Inc. Additional ArtWalks are scheduled for the Fall”

In addition, nearby studio spaces at 81 and 82 Centre Street developed in conjunction with the BID’s Artist Spaces Program will introduce new art arrivals to downtown. These include Ballet Atlantic (formerly of Pelham), Westchester Yoga Arts (formerly Pelham Yoga), and many artists from throughout Westchester who have rented studios in downtown, including Faith Goldstein, Janet Rogow, Judie Benzer, Leigh Ann Rooney, Louis Netter, Michelle Lewis, Moira McCaul, Nancy Miller, Peridot Smith and Steve Brock.

(OK... I "bolded" my name... I can do that, it's my Blog!)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

"Barn at Hilltop Hanover Farm"

"Barn at Hilltop Hanover Farm" by Faith Goldstein (11"x14"), oil

I just couldn't call this painting finished... until now! There are so many lessons to learn in painting the landscape; I realized I missed a few that helped me to see this as a more complete scene. My "thanks" go to my daughter, Katie, for shooting a few reference photos of me painting plein-air, which included more of the landscape than I initially thought to include in my painting. "Thank you", also, to my on-line mentors, who guide me daily on this journey. (And a special "thanks" to Laurel Daniel for taking the time to respond to a recent e-mail I sent her! Check her out at )

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

"Geraniums" and lattice strips...

"Geraniums" by Faith Goldstein (11"x14"), oil

This posting is a little bit out of the order in which it was painted; which is probably 2 months ago. I have been busy today, cutting lattice strips to frame my canvases. It's amazing how nice something looks with a frame (or mat) around it! I hope this is a good, but simple way to "finish" my work. ............I should say that I have a bit of a facination with geraniums. I love catching the buds as they are about to open. I shot several reference photos to paint from in the future; as I'm not done with this subject yet! (I guess we can say that "geraniums", and "framing them out" are two stops on my journey!)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

"Green Cay Journey"

"Green Cay Journey" by Faith Goldstein (12"x12") oil

I did a marathon painting day in my studio-space, yesterday. After a devastatingly bad first try at plein air, I needed to go back to basics and put more thought into the painting before I actually picked up the brush. Drawing a value study, and deciding on my color palette ahead of time is the best way to approach a painting. It may seem obvious to some, to do more "thinking" ahead of time; with perhaps, a little less emotion (right brain) for now. In the future, maybe, the thinking part is faster ........and the "emotional marks" will fly!

Thursday, July 9, 2009


"Distant View" by Faith Goldstein (12x12), oil)

(detail) "Distant View" by Faith Goldstein

My studio-mate and I had a discussion, yesterday, about 'finishing' a painting... and how hard that is to do! My earlier acrylic paintings were made with quick marks, and only included the "important" information. My oil paintings are more representational; but why should they include more details than needed?? I think this painting says what I wanted it to say... my marks are becoming looser with each painting! (That's a good thing!) -Faith

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Independence Day!

Green Cay I by Faith Goldstein(11"x14"), oil.....$250 framed

This is how I spent my day... preparing for a plein air class by painting my first landscape. I used a reference photo taken at Green Cay Nature Preserve. The palette shows here more intense than the actual painting which is a little softer.
Overall, I am very happy with the result! What a fun way to spend the day!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A Visit with Don Keene in Studio 302

On Friday, June 19th, my studio-mates and I had a very special visit with Master-Artist, (and our mentor), Don Keene!

It was an amazing evening of critiques and connecting through art!..........We also enjoyed homebaked cookies (thank you, Kt!), and my favorite wine from the Hopkins Vinyard in CT. Thank You, Don! It was truly an honor to have you visit our studio!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Still on the Journey

I hope you weren't worried about me... I'm still on the journey! I've been very busy! We celebrated my daughter, Samantha's, graduation from Iona... and her new job! It was fun helping her shop for her new wardrobe; I'm just hoping I can get her to pay the credit card bills now. I fear that paying for her Chevy Avalanche, that she bought to replace the one that she did a double-flip in, may come first! Oh, the first truck didn't survive... but Sam walked away, only a little bruised. Amazing. (I was in shock for a week.) Anyway... I've been working, painting, taking classes and setting up my studio space. I even had a chance to spend a great afternoon with my aunt and uncle in Brooklyn. Angela is not continuing her art studio lease... and so, allowed me to take a few things for my own space. Already, a wonderful table that Carl made, is put is place, and waiting for me to paint on it! (Maybe I'll "hand it back" to one of their six grandchildren, some day!) ...still to come on my journey... a trip to Florida, painting again, with Jeanne, when I return......... and some exciting news from the Studio in New Rochelle! (And I promise to finish, and post paintings soon!)

Thank You, to Katie, for pushing me to BLOG today!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Are you there, God? It's Me...

...Faith. I am pleased to announce that I will be sharing an art studio with 3 other artists, beginning May 1, 2009. Am I dreaming? (I'll let you know, when I wake-up!) -Faith

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

African Violet/Blue Pot

"African Violet (blue pot)" by Faith Goldstein (11"x14"), oil

Sometimes our Journey is spent waiting for the paint to "dry". (...other times it is spent waiting for the perfect day to paint!)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


"Gladiolus" by Faith Goldstein (16"x20"), oil
(e-mail me at to purchase)

Only my second painting; I'm finally ready to call it finished. (Minus the signature, which presents another problem to be resolved, in the future!) The "glads" started as a still life set up in my Saturday workshop. I chose to crop a small section of the 3 displayed, and enlarge them onto a 16x20 canvas. .......It was almost the one that got away. I stared at it for days, and was not content with the background. I have to thank Samantha (my 21 year-old daughter) for supplying me with "the ledge to jump off of", to re-work it. She is a motor-cycle-riding, big-truck-driving, brave soul; who occasionally lets you ride along on her journey through life!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Rough Week...

This last week has been filled with ups and downs. I was trying to rent a shared studio space, but the other artist changed her mind; deciding to continue working at home. It's an important decision... you have to be ready. I am ...ready to stop painting in my kitchen......ready to have all my supplies in one place.... ready to get the dogs nose (and ears) out of the paint I left out! ...I finally made time to paint, late Friday night. What a high that was!

Friday, March 13, 2009

first oil painting

For those of you that don't know, I've started painting again. To hold my brushes, feels like saying "hello" to old friends that I haven't seen for a while! I signed up for an Oil Painting workshop, with a wonderful teacher named Jeanne. It is exciting to paint, for the first time, with oil paints. I am looking forward to the process...and the Journey!

Getting Started

Well, I have to admit that I'm terrified to "get started!" (Every computer-capable person in my home has abandoned me, right now!) I'll seek the courage I need from other artist bloggers, and embark on this new journey. (If it's meant to, It will Be!) -Faith