Monday, December 11, 2017

Cousin Al

This is my cousin Al.  The reference photo was taken in Orlando, Florida where he lives.  I used mostly Rembrandt pastels and Carbothello pencils on this portrait.  I thought he had a great face to paint....it "called" me. lol

Friday, December 1, 2017

Richard




Richard was our Friday model. He modeled for two weeks at my Long Island Portrait group. I loved his hat and poncho...When I paint a portrait I focus on the face but a few of the artists paint the entire body and the poncho was really nice. I used my Rembrandts and unison pastels for this portrait.. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

FINK'S FARM

I love this farm which is located in Wading River, LI.  Guaranteed to have the best in their vegetables fruits and beautiful flowers.  They decorate for all the seasons which is wonderful if you like those reference photos!!  My favorite season in Fink's Farm is the 4th of July with my favorite colors...red, white and blue!!!!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Gerry

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I painted Gerry on Friday at my Long Island Portrait group ....A wonderful model with strong features.  He told us that if someone had told him that he was going to model...he wouldn't have believed them....lol.   I used mostly Rembrandt pastels for this portrait....

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Esperanza - 1909-2017

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I wanted to dedicate this to my sweet Aunt who passed away today peacefully in her sleep at the age of 107.  She was so caring, compassionate, friendly, wise and an inspiration to all who knew her.
She was a proud lady and her family was her greatest accomplishment.  In her younger days she worked in a Bridal shop as a seamstress specializing in wedding dresses.  I will miss her so much but now we  have been blessed with so many beautiful memories.
I love you, my sweet Aunt

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Penny for your thoughts

I haven't had a chance to take more reference photos for my portraits so I used an older photo.  I said I would paint some landscapes and here I am painting another portrait.. lol  It was such a nice photo and it was calling me AGAIN.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Twilight

My Granddaughter's friend asked me if I can paint him this from a photo he had for years!  I immediately loved the colors in the sky as well as the beautiful reflections in the water....so of course, I said I would.  He loved it!  Something a little different from my norm!!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Jeff

This is Jeff, my friend's husband who had the perfect face to paint.  I used mostly my Rembrandt pastels as well as my Terry Ludwig pastels.  I enjoyed painting him and  hope you like him.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Tangerine still life

I don't do too many still life paintings but I needed a change, so I decided to try one again.  I actually enjoyed painting this but would have loved to have painted it looser.  The only problem is that I have no idea how to paint looser..lol  I painted this with sanded paper which I'm enjoying more and more because it's the perfect paper for texture.  Now that my daughter is recuperating so beautifully, I can concentrate so much better on my Art.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Nadja

This is "Nadja Missouri".  She was my daughters mini dachshund for 16 years...and such a beautiful dog.  I enjoyed painting this little girl. 
Also, my daughter Carin is slowly healing and the doctors told her today she can go back to work August 13th.  Everyday she feels better.  I'm smiling again!!!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

New Beginning

This has nothing to do with art but I needed to share...Today, my daughter Carin had heart surgery.  Apparently she was born with a hole in her heart and only found out after having a stroke just recently.  A blood clot went through the hole in her  heart and landed in her eye which took away some of her vision.  The Doctors felt that surgery was imperative to close the hole to prevent having another stroke in the future.  The operation was a success!  My beautiful daughter now has a complete Heart and she's coming home tomorrow!!  Thank you Dr. Ong and thank you God.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Pensive

Once again I had my granddaughter pose for me.  She's always willing to make me happy.  lol
I used my Rembrandts and terry Ludwig pastels for this portrait.  They are always so creamy and blends so well for my skin tones.  Skye is always a pleasure to paint.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Mckaela

This is Mckaela....she is my son-in-laws niece and such a sweet little girl that was so happy to pose for me.  Painting children isn't too easy, so I used a few photos in order to get that perfect reference picture.  I used Rembrandt as well as terry Ludwig pastels which has wonderful colors for the skin.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Enjoying the day

We had such a nice time when we went to the Plattdeutsch beer garden in Franklin Square, NY.  The German band had everyone up and dancing.   The food was amazing as well as the entertainment!!    I took the reference picture of a man who was enjoying the day.   We sat with this stranger but he was fine with me taking his photo!   My husband is German ..
and I'm Spanish but I like German food and he doesn't....lol

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sunny side of the street

This is a painting I did for my friend.  I don't paint too many houses but it's always a challenge to do...its like building a house.. every detail counts..lol.  I have to admit, I enjoyed painting it.  Yesterday I finished my painting of  the peaches.  I didn't like the way it turned out so no more still life paintings for awhile.!!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Best in the Orchard

Taking rides out East is my favorite thing to do on a Sunday morning.  We stopped by a vegetable stand near Riverhead and they had all kinds of apples in these baskets and I knew I had to paint them someday.  I took photos in October of last year when the apples were at their best!
Peaches next ??

Friday, June 2, 2017

Shadia

Shadia was posing for us today at my Long Island Portrait Group.  She's a beautiful model who poses all over Long Island.  She wasn't feeling well today and yet she modeled perfectly for us.  I'm ashamed to say that I do a lot of my work through the camera.  however, I am trying my best to paint looking at the model instead of the camera...slowly but surely?  I  hope so!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Golden Mane

I painted this horse awhile ago and I thought I posted it...
I really love painting horses and I'm looking forward to visiting the Baiting Hollow Horse Rescue Farm on Long Island this year.  Seeing all the horses being treated SO well after some of them were abandoned is a definite treat.
By the way, it's also a wonderful Winery which donates part of the sales to the Rescue Farm.
This horse wasn't a rescue horse....I took the reference photo of him somewhere in Montana.











Monday, May 15, 2017

Lauren

This is my first painting since my surgery in March.  I have to admit it was very difficult holding pastels for a certain amount of time, so I paint no more than an hour at a time.  My doctor doesn't want me to hold anything heavier than a cup of coffee!!  That's almost impossible to do..lol...  Anyway, Lauren was definitely an adorable subject.  Thank you all for your comments .... I appreciate every single one!!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Vera

Vera is a lovely lady who goes to my art class on Tuesdays.  I painted this with Terry Ludwig pastels, because of the vibrancy in the colors..  Also, I wanted to tell you  that I'm  having surgery on my right shoulder tomorrow morning....last year it was my left shoulder!!   I won't be able to type or paint for a few months but I will be visiting your blogs and enjoying everyone's beautiful work.  Hopefully I will see you very soon!!!

Friday, February 10, 2017

American Pharoah

American Pharoah won the American Triple Crown and the Breeder's Cup Classic in 2015.  He won the four races becoming the first horse to win the Grand Slam of American Horse Racing.  I live about 1/2 hour away from Belmont Raceway and wish I could've seen him in person...but it was so exciting watching him on television!!  He is definitely a handsome boy!!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Pointe slippers

I went to see "The Nutcracker" November 2016.  It was so magical.   To see these Ballerinas dancing on their toes was amazing!!  I can only imagine the incredible strength that they have to withstand their own weight on their toes... OUCH!! 
The Nutcracker is a must see...  I wanted to practice "color" so I painted this in oils... 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Intermission

A few years back, at the Rockville Center Dance Recital, this little girl was resting during an intermission.  She had a sweet face and looked beautiful with her costume.  I decided to paint this in oils....which was a bit challenging since I have a difficult time mixing colors... Basically one of my first oil portraits and I will be practicing with more in the future.  Please feel free to critique!  I'm a big girl...lol

Saturday, December 17, 2016

107 years Young

I'm reposting this portrait of my dear Aunt Esperanza that I did a few years back..... Last year she told everyone she would be celebrating her 107th birthday SO let the party begin.!!
Happy, Happy  Birthday to an amazing "Lady"!   Love you!!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Still Life - grapes

I truly enjoyed painting this still life.   I thought it would be nice painting the tablecloth blue to match the grapes.  I took the design in the vase from several pictures I had ... Using sanded paper was interesting as well because it gives you wonderful  texture on  the grapes and cloth.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Still Life-apple

I don't usually paint a still life but I wanted to do something different.  I realized how much I enjoyed this as I was painting.  Originally, this was a set up for a workshop which I didn't do well..lol.  however, I took a photo and changed everything around.  They didn't have an apple ...they had an orange as well as grapes.  I would like to do another still life with a design on the vase and grapes instead ...  and a different color table cloth.. I am having too much fun! 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Friday Model

I did this portrait at my Friday Long Island Portrait group.  This model was a joy to paint.  Her hair had such beautiful shades of red....a mixture of many browns, burnt sienna and touches of oranges.  I think I had more fun trying to get that perfect mixture of colors.  Her bow and shirt had many colors of purples which went well with her hair!  I hope to see her model for us again in the future...

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The girl with the black hat

I love taking my granddaughter to the mall.. not sure how she feels about it because she knows that it always turns into a photo shoot...lol.   I love the Hat Department!  So many hats so many colors!!   She has always been such a good model so I think I'll keep her for awhile. 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Grand Canyon West

If you haven't visited the Grand Canyon it must be added to your bucket list..a place like no other!  Looking down the canyon at all those colors and seeing the Colorado River in the distance is absolutely breathtaking!!  We went on the Skywalk which is located on the West of the Canyon about 4-1/2 hrs. from the South Rim.  It is on the Huaalapai Indian Reservation.  The glass platform allows you to look down into the canyon about 2000ft.  The Panoramic view is amazing.  I used my Terry Ludwig portrait set for this piece since the colors were so perfect.  I did my best but I realize now that I could have used more purples!!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Tennessee

During one of our trips to Tenn. we  stopped by a small park and I took this reference photo...I loved the old wooden fence and thought it would make a nice painting...I decided to paint it with oils instead of pastels.... I'm doing a large painting of the Grand Canyon right now and it's giving me so many problems...I don't know what I'm doing....talk about challenging!! lol  Hopefully by next week I'll have it figured out... meanwhile, I hope you enjoy my little oil painting...

Friday, July 29, 2016

The American Eagle

When I saw this reference photo in the computer, I really wanted to paint it.  Every time I look at it I get the goose bumps.. I have painted the Eagle before but never with the American Flag as the background.  I used Unisom reds since its very vibrant as well as the white.  I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I enjoyed painting it.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

LING

Ling in Chinese means "Spiritual Being"... I thought this would be a good name for this lovely Lady.    I took the reference picture of "Ling" when I was at Hick's Nursery...a Garden Center in Westbury, NY.  She had such a kind face and even smiled when she knew I was taking pictures... and yes, I really needed to paint her...lol

Friday, July 8, 2016

LEXI

When my youngest granddaughter visited me, I asked her if she would pose for me and of course she said yes.  She's very sweet and loves that I would want to paint her.  I've painted her before but everyday she changes so its always a bit different!   I used mostly soft  Rembrandt pastels for this portrait.

Friday, July 1, 2016

West Virginia

I took a  reference photo of this waterfall while hiking a few years back!!.  It was  so beautiful...  I can still hear the sounds of the water falling against the rocks..  I probably would never find this place again, but at least I'll have this pastel painting.  We decided that this was the perfect spot to have a picnic!!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Hats for sale

When I was in Manhattan in front of the Whitney Museum, I saw a street vendor with an incredible amount of hats for sale!  I thought it would be interesting to paint...As I got into it I realized it wasn't an easy piece ...however, I really enjoyed painting this.  Every hat seemed to have a different color and just the right amount of light hitting them.  Again, a little different?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mr. Rooster

 I needed a change from painting portraits and this little guy was calling me.  I'm not sure but I believe the photo was taken in West Virginia.  He was standing near another rooster equally as beautiful...I might paint him another time. 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Alexa

When I went to my friends Anniversary party last summer, his granddaughter Alexa was there.  She was so pretty and I asked her if I can take her photo.  After I finished her portrait, her Mom saw it and wanted to purchase it.. it's always such a compliment when someone likes your work!  SO now the portrait has a new home...

Monday, May 2, 2016

Megan

Megan was our last weeks model in my Friday live model class.  She was so sweet and the perfect model.  She's the granddaughter to one of the Artist in our group.  I loved the shadows hitting her face and of course I painted this at home after taking some reference photos...but I did sketch in class which was a wonderful practice for me.  (I'll get there..lol)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Shadia

We all have our favorite models.. Shadia is a very sweet girl as well as beautiful and such a pleasure to paint.  On Fridays I go to a live model class to "practice"... however, I cheated and I took Shadia's photo and painted her at home!  I'm not ready to show anyone my paintings yet from class..lol.  but I will never give up since I enjoy the class so much.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Bianca

This is my granddaughter Bianca getting ready for her dance recital.  A sweet little dancer who is willing to pose for me anytime.... I took many photos of her but it was something about this pose that I fell in love with.

Every day I'm feeling a little better... I still go to Physical Therapy every day.  What a great feeling waking up with less pain!!  Life is so good!!!   Thank you all for your previous comments...you are ALL so special and always make my day.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Harvest Time

It's been a little over 5 weeks that I had my surgery and the therapy part of it is the toughest.!
Bringing my arm back to norm is SO difficult  but they tell me that I'm doing well so I push myself to the ultimate.  Everyday I try to paint a little more... this is what keeps me sane and relaxed..lol
This painting was so much fun because I used my palette knife only for the texture on the corn.
The reference photo was taken in Lancaster, PA at an Amish Farm.  They were harvesting  corn with horse drawn wagons.  They are such hard working people and I have so much respect for them.
Thank you all for your previous comments.  I appreciate them.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Jack

I took the reference picture of Jack when I was in my Tuesday pastel workshop.  I finished the portrait yesterday and Jack loved it.  He said if he knew I was going to paint him he would have changed his shirt...of course I told him I can always change the color or style!  We can do these things..lol
Next week, on January 13th  I'm having surgery to repair a torn muscle on my shoulder....yes...ouch!!!  I have no idea what I'm in for but the doctor told me that I won't be able to do too much after the surgery BUT I will be visiting all my friends here so if I don't comment please know that I'm enjoying your work.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Monument Valley, Utah

Monument Valley is about 3 1/2 hours away from Zion National Park and such an awesome place to visit.  The colors in the sky reflected on the mountains and I really enjoyed painting this with pastels.
This will be my last painting for 2015!  It's so hard to believe that 2016 is around the corner...
such a busy time in the year for all of us.  I'm working on a pastel portrait for January!   Until then,
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR to all of my friends here on blog land! 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

106 years young

I went to New Jersey today to visit with my Aunt and we celebrated her 106th birthday!  She is such an amazing, and beautiful Lady who now is looking forward to her 107th birthday!   This Friday the Mayor of her town will be visiting her and  I understand the media will be there as well!  She is a Phillies fan and always wanted to meet one of the players...  Hey!  you never know... lol   I love you Esperanza!!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A proud Marine

Joey is  a proud Marine and here he stands in his dress uniform.  As Veterans Day approaches, it seemed like an excellent time to honor those who have served.  I painted this portrait of Joey in pastel wearing full uniform awhile ago but never posted it..I'm so proud of my cousin's son!  I have quite a few family members who have served our Country and this is the perfect time to  thank them for their dedication and service.   I would also like to thank all the other service men and women...
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Cades Cove, Tennessee

There is so many things to see in the Smokey's... Cades Cove is a place where everyone should visit.  It's an 11 mile one way loop road that circles around the Cove.  I saw a black bear and some turkeys.. sometimes you can view coyotes and other wildlife.  The bears are very active in the park right now, so I'm very happy to be home!!!  But there's so many horses and I was able to get many great reference photos.  This horse is a work horse...so beautiful and very big.  I did a monochromatic painting and I'd like to paint a series of my horses this way from reference photos all over the country.
I haven't been painting for a few weeks because I had an annoying floater in my eye that looked like a spider in front of my vision!  First my hand now my eye !!??  It seemed to have gone away and I'm hoping it doesn't come back again... although I understand that it never really goes away!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Early morning cruising

I was on my way to Fire Island and took the reference photo of this sailboat for this pastel painting.   You can see the background clearly but I chose to blur it out.  I loved the light hitting the boat and how it reflected in the water. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Still Life - Hydrangeas

I don't paint flowers but I had so much fun painting these Hydrangeas.   I picked a few from my garden and put it in this old vase that I found many years back and made a bouquet for this painting.  I used Rembrandt pastels and used Unisom pastels as well since they are so vibrant in color.  Unfortunately you really can't see it in this photo.  I think I got carried away and added too many flowers for the size of the vase!!!   What was I thinking?   I couldn't even put water in the vase.. lol   

Monday, July 13, 2015

JACK

Jack is an Artist from my Friday art group who was nice enough to pose for this reference picture.  I haven't worked in pastels for many weeks because of my hand but I'm feeling so much better since I've been resting it.  My Orthopedist feels that it is nerves coming from my neck or shoulders that is creating the problem.  Thank you all for your comments!
But more important!!! www.wallpart.com is stealing our work off the internet and selling them as posters!   This really needs to go viral so we can stop them.  I know, because I found my work there when I typed my name.
Some of the Artists in the Pastel Society believe that they want you to order a poster of your work.  Once you put the order through, they can get into your computer.  Very scary people out there.  So sign the petition....I already did!
The link is
http://www.change.org/p/remove-wallpart-com-stealing-people-s-work-without-permission
and feel free to share the link with other artists....   I will be visiting all of you soon!!  I look forward to catching up!!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

AMY

Amy just passed away a few days ago at the age of 4 and my daughter wanted me to paint a portrait of her so she can present it to her friend who is mourning this beautiful golden retriever.
I will be taking a break from painting, and blogging for a month or so because I have a bad case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome which is so incredibly painful and it gets worse when I type or even paint!   It's very upsetting because we don't realize how much we use our hands until the moment we "can't".  Wearing a brace helps a little bit...any input is appreciated.  I'm typing with my left hand right now..(not easy)  Thank you so much for your comments.
I'll be back soon.