Sybil in New York
by F.A. Moore
Oil on stretched, deep canvas
30 × 30 in.
completed June 9, 2013, scan updated July 19, 2014

A knifed, smooth ground leaves characteristic lines in my large canvases. These are intentionally left in as character marks. The surface is otherwise as smooth as icing, when it dries. I typically leave the background dry for 2-3 months, before painting on it. This work was then brush and knife painted, with work in progress shared in Solo’s virtual “Cityscape” workshop.


Michelangelo’s Sybil travels in a time machine and looks in on New York City’s theatre district. Contemporary oil painting by F.A. Moore

Sybils were female prophets or seers, who were associated with a specific holy site. Later, in antiquity, they wandered. Could this be a “wandering Sybil”? Ah!

The painting is based on a digital composite I created last year with this future painting in mind; after I decided it was time to “up my game” in traditional art. That piece is also called “Sybil in New York”.

my sketch after a Sistine Chapel “cartoon”
Sybil in New York
by F.A. Moore

digital composite, incorporating the scanned sketch

The original is a composite of photograph of New York City and my sketch after one of Michelangelo’s supposed “cartoons” for a Sybil for the Sistine Chapel. Cartoons were used to transfer drawing outlines to fresco.

Sybil in New York (digital mixed-media)
by F.A. Moore
Sybil in New York (oil)
by F.A. Moore

As you can see, the oil is quite a bit warmer, overall and doesn’t follow the digital version verbatim. My sketchbook notes and signature become important elements in both the digital work and the oil painting, where they appear forwards and backwards. I took some liberty with the Sybil in the oil painting, and gave her a new hair style. Other than the digital comp created last year, anticipating this work, there were no other drawings or sketches on or off canvas associated with the oil painting. I’m very happy to finally bring this project to fruition.

Thanks for looking, commenting, faving, liking, and generally supporting my art. Your time is much appreciated.

Evening update: I had no idea that I was releasing “Sybil in New York” on the morning of the Tony Awards presentation this evening (for best Broadway Shows). What an incredible coincidence, as Sybil is visiting the New York theatre district. Love it!


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  • Vitta
    Vittaabout 1 year ago


  • Thank you, Vitta. You are so supportive.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 1 year ago

    This is beautiful, emotive work, Frannie!

  • Beautiful words, too, Mel. Thanks for saying so.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Wil Zender
    Wil Zenderabout 1 year ago

    So evocative and passionate work, Frannie. A fave for me!!! ☺

  • Delighted about that, too, Will. Thank you!

    – F.A. Moore

  • annacuypers
    annacuypersabout 1 year ago

    Aww, this is so very emotive and beautiful Frannie, an immediate fav for me, superbe work !! love, xxo

  • Anna, thank you. I appreciate your note here so much!

    – F.A. Moore

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaabout 1 year ago

    oh my Frannie…deeply sensitive, expressive and such a unique piece. Love your colours and composition

  • Really appreciate your words, Tahnja; so nice! Thank you.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dabout 1 year ago

    Sybil is lovely. Beautiful details, depth and warmth, yet a kind of sadness too. Very appealing!

  • Hi, Kasia, thank you so very much!

    – F.A. Moore

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynabout 1 year ago


  • That’s great that you see this expression in her. Many, many thanks, Guendalyn!

    – F.A. Moore

  • Jennifer Rhoades
    Jennifer Rhoadesabout 1 year ago

    Beautiful image—and that face makes me want to weep.

  • Awww. As you are so expressive yourself, your words make me very happy. Thank you, Glitterfest! :D

    – F.A. Moore

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromabout 1 year ago

    I look at this and see Mr.B’s daughter Karla. Unreal…you don’t know her, but you still nailed it! LOL! Great Sunday morning viewing!

  • How about that :)) Thanks, Susan!

    – F.A. Moore

  • © Angela L Walker
    © Angela L Walkerabout 1 year ago

    Oh Frannie, this is AWESOME to degrees I find challenging to articulate! I want to see this in person… It is truly magnificent work! :) WOW!

  • gee, Angela, I could not ask for a better reaction to this work. It does look much better in person. Thank you, thank you!

    – F.A. Moore

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