Oil, 8 x 16
I often see old residential buildings crowded together alongside the subway tracks. Some are in fairly good shape; others are eye-sores with graffiti all over the walls and roof. Even though roof tops are usually the place for A/C units and satellite dishes, it was a handy and useful space for families living in crowded New York. Faith Ringgold's picture book Tar Beach vividly describes how local people make use of their roof top space. That's why I used the title for my painting. I am also adding below two sketches I recently did on subway.