Painting Process

Upper East Side Town House Portrait at Twilight

Upper East Side Townhouse Portrait at Twilight — a Painting by Borbay

I spent the first 8 years of my adult life in the Upper East Side… so, it would seem fitting that my first painting started and completed in Minnesota would be this Upper East Side Town House. The source image was captured on the 4th of July… two days after my Independence Day — clandestine all around.

Upper East Side Townhouse Portrait at Twilight Source Image by Borbay

My goal was to treat this architectural painting as a portrait… breathing life into the windows. Several weren’t lit in my source image, but fortunately I was able to retrieve some after I left the city.

Here is the entire process in 80 seconds… if you love this beautiful track, performed and produced by MH the Verb, featuring Aaron Pfeiffer and Jules — you can buy it now. Fittingly titled “Running Shoes” — I spent many evenings running loops in the gorgeous Central Park.

And on to the process we go…

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Thinking Out Loud

July 2015 Update: Guggenheim #7 and We’re Officially Nomadic

Packed Hard

Hello Dear Friend — Two weeks ago, we stuffed a 17-foot-truck, turned in the keys to our Manhattan apartment and hit the road. Our nomadic adventure has begun with a three-month stay in Minnetonka, Minnesota. On September 30th, we fly to Jackson Hole for another adventure — but here’s what’s happening right now…

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Painting Process

Mindscape Guggenheim, AKA Guggenheim #7

Guggenheim Painting by Borbay 2015

Introducing “Mindscape Guggenheim”, aka, “Guggenheim #7”. In 2009, I completed and swiftly sold a 30″X30″ painting of Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece. In 2010, I found myself longing to paint the Gugg once more, but two canvases of the same subject felt opportunistic — so I committed to painting a new 30″X30″ Guggenheim, each year, for the ensuing 19 years.

Here is year 7, captured in time lapse, with a fantastic soundtrack courtesy of Stefan Zeniuk.

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Painting Process, Thinking Out Loud

Going Nomad Part One — Manhattan to Minnetonka

Minnetonka Plus Four

Our nomadic adventure began in two waves… Erin, Coraline and Vega flew to Minnesota with Kelsey on July 2nd — just in time for a family reunion in Iowa. I remained in NY to pack…

Buried One Man Moving Show

The task, she was daunting. At some point, I was literally overrun.

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General Action

A Forbes Interview With Artist Domingo Zapata

Borbay and Domingo Zapata in NYC

Before I threw our earthly possessions in a 17-foot-Uhaul and drove to Minnesota, I stopped by Domingo Zapata’s Gramercy Park studio for a long conversation… which is now live on Forbes.

BTW — If you’d like to catch my ongoing art business features… you can follow yours truly here.

Painting Process

A Collage Painting of Wheaten Terrier — Jagger

Jagger Collage Painting by Borbay

I’m honored to present a new painting of the late, beloved Wheaton Terrier — Jagger.

Jagger Source Image

The work was based on this source image of Jagger, hanging out at home, with her head tilted to the side and eyes full of love.

A Portrait of Wheaton Terrier, Jagger by Borbay

You can view the entire creation process in 90 seconds by clicking on the video above. Before we move on to the photographic recap, I’d like to give a special shout to Pete Pidgeon and Arcoda for the absolutely perfect soundtrack.

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General Action

Before I Go: Studio Visits, Shipping, Commissions, Market Status

Borbay and the Tetons

Before I leave Manhattan on July 7th, here are a few important housekeeping items to share.

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Thinking Out Loud

June Update: Going Nomad, Exuma, Press

Mindscape Painting Vega by Borbay

Every month or so, I send out a newsletter… There is much to share — including my biggest announcement to date, new work, a Bahamian adventure and some exciting press. 2015 is now officially a game changer.

Family On The Go

1. Going Nomad

On July 9, 2011 — I married my dream girl. In our vows, we promised to raise a family, travel the world and share our dreams. And so, fittingly, on July 8th, we are hitting the road to do just that… here’s the entire story.

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A Group Show At Livestream Public in Brooklyn

A GROUP SHOW AT Livestream Public

On Saturday, June 6th, from 6 – 10 PM — I’ll be showing alongside a group of spectacular artists at Livestream Public in Brooklyn. You can RSVP to the event on Facebook… and/or simply roll through. This will be my final public showing in NYC before I go nomad.

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Going Nomad

Borbay On The Go In Exuma

On July 8th, our two-year lease expires, but we aren’t renting another apartment. Instead, Erin, Coraline, Vega and I are leaving Manhattan and going nomad. Here’s the story… beginning right after college.

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