Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Happy Holidays

This is my "Christmas Card" to all of my wonderful friends here on Blogland!.. a little oil painting from a few of my ornaments on my tree.   I wasn't going to put up a Christmas tree this year because I felt guilty that my neighborhood is so dark and will be for a long time because of Hurricane Sandy.  Last year this time, everyone had beautiful lights outside for the Holidays...this much darkness and sadness all around me...but I want to believe that by displaying some lights, it will brighten their day and give them hope.   I want to thank you all for all your support this year and look forward to seeing your work in 2013.  I have learned so much from all of you!!!  Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to you all !!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Rudy is about a year old now and the cutest little dog.  He's
a cockapoo...a cross between the cocker spaniel and the
poodle.   He's very bright, affectionate and loves people !!
He's so sweet and extremely "Patriotic".. LOL... he made
his debut at this years 4th of July party at my niece Debbie's
house.  I enjoyed painting this pastel portrait of Rudy...loved
his curly fur...!!!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Somewhere out East..!

I took the reference picture for this oil painting when I was out East..somewhere on Long Island!!  This is the first  time I have no clue where this's sad because since its so close to the water we'll never know if its still standing after the Hurricane.  I thought it would make a nice painting with the light hitting the weeds against the house and the wood pilings in the water...I enjoyed painting this ..!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Esperanza in spanish means Hope.  She is my Aunt, my Mom's sister and such a special "lady" who I love and respect.
When baseball season comes around, she is glued to the television always wearing her Philly's hat...and yells at the T.V. if things don't go the way she wants.   On December 18th , she will
turn 103 years young !!  Amazing, right?  Imagine the stories she can tell you.   She loves and embraces life everyday!

Saturday, November 10, 2012


Thank you all for being such devoted and concerned are all so wonderful !!  I have been living with my daughter in Massapequa Park, NY.  After 12 days without power, I just found out that my power is back and I will be going back home to East Rockaway.  Living with candles was an adventure, the first night...but a nightmare after that!!  We only got about 7 - 8 inches of water in the basement but enough to ruin the boiler, washing machine and dryer and hot water heater...but compared to what my neighbors are going through, I consider myself so incredibly blessed.  My neighbors had 6ft. of water which destroyed the first floor of their house.  My daughter, who lives in Oceanside didn't have power since the Hurricane as well.  She was so cold, living without a generator..a nightmare!!    Her friend is living with her right now.  She lived in East Rockaway as well, and lost her entire house.  She didn't evacuate in time and had to swim out of her house to safety.  When she finally returned to see the damage, the staircase collapsed!!  Houses were destroyed in my neighborhood with sewage that filled bathrooms and basements.   I thank God we were spared.  I will be posting soon...and pray everyday for those still suffering with the aftermath of Sandy !!!   

Friday, October 26, 2012

Acadia National Park

Last year, I painted Jordan Pond in Bar Harbor, Maine.  I found another reference picture of another hiking trail by the Harbor, which I thought would make a nice pastel painting..I loved  looking at the water hitting the rocks creating this foam with a lot of different colors.  Unfortunately, I don't know exactly which hiking trail this one was... The view was breathtaking.. the rocks were beautiful,  and the water was so blue and so clear!  Acadia National Park has many trails but they're short in mileage....some no more than about 3 miles...however, some  trails connect from one to another making it a longer hike, if preferred.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Bronx Zoo

I took the reference picture of this tiger when I visited the zoo, this past Summer....he looked like he was going to leap at any moment.  The picture, unfortunately, wasn't clear so I did the best I could with the other pictures I took that day.  I did some research of tigers and found out that the pattern on their stripes are like fingerprints in a human..Interesting!  In the early 1900's there was about 100,000 tigers..Now, between 3,000 -4500 exist in the sad!!  I hope I was able to capture the beauty of this amazing animal in this pastel painting.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Lullaby and Goodnight

There's always that "one" toy or that special doll that belonged to your child that you just don't want to "let go".  This was my daughter's first little doll that I put in her cradle the moment she came home.  I remember when she started to look around, she stared at Raggedy Ann..Wow!  Now that I think about it.. I hope it wasn't too scary for her. LOL!  too late!!   It had a wind up in the back, that played "Lullaby and Goodnight" which always helped to put her to sleep.  Many years have passed by since that moment, but some things we never forget....and never put away !!

Saturday, September 22, 2012


I have painted Sierra several times in the past, but when you get a wonderful model, one tends to keep them....especially when they're your granddaughter.  She's only 14 but loves to model for me.  She's growing up so fast.  She has the perfect hair that I love to paint.  I painted this, of course, with pastels and loved the shadows in her face from the sun when she was looking out the window.   I value the opinions of all my Artist question....Should I omit the shadows?

Monday, September 17, 2012

St.Mary Lake - Montana

I enjoyed our trip to Montana a few years back.  I took many reference pictures.  St. Mary Lake is in Glacier National Park located on the East side of the park and is 9.9 miles long -300 ft.deep.  During the Winter, the lake freezes completely over with ice up to 4ft. thick.. We took a 2 1/2 mile hike that day and I remember how beautiful the lake was...I saw so many colors that even a camera doesn't see.. Well, at least my camera!.. I have another beautiful reference picture of the lake that I might someday paint in pastels..I enjoyed getting my oils out for this little painting.

Thursday, September 6, 2012


When I visited my friend, Josephine, she showed me a picture
of her beautiful granddaughter who recently made her First Communion.  I looked at Julia's face and thought it would make a
beautiful pastel painting.  I realized afterwards that one of you should have painted the flowers for me..LOL.  You all do such amazing jobs with florals...yet...I find it extremely difficult..I have practiced in the past and will continue to practice.  I'm on a mission!!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Chinatown, New York City

Chinatown, NYC contains the largest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia.  I visited Chinatown last September after leaving the annual Feast in San Gennaro, Little Italy.  I believe the reference picture was taken on Canal Street where you see color everywhere!!  and the smell of food was SO wonderful...I really hope that I didn't write something wrong  in Chinese...if I did, I apologize!  I guess I should have checked first!!.   If you haven't been to Chinatown, I recommend going there...especially if you're hungry!  The food is excellent!!  I took my time with this oil painting  and mixed my colors as best as I could in order to get that "perfect" shade. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Still Life - Orange

I filled this small  bowl with colorful fruits for this still life and realized that there wasn't any room left for the orange, so I put it on the outside of the bowl which looked a little better.  I haven't painted a still life for awhile so I enjoyed painting this. 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tuesday Afternoon

I wish I can say that this painting was from life but this is a pastel portrait of the young lady who modeled for us at Suzanne Young's workshop.  I had taken a few photos of her for  those details that I didn't want to miss, so I used a closeup reference picture for this painting.  It was pretty warm in the workshop so she "poufed" up her hair which I loved, and took the shot before she put it down.  There was those perfect shadows on her face that "called" me as well as her beautiful flawless skin!  I truly enjoyed painting her.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Life Drawing

I joined a three week workshop with Suzanne Young, an excellent figure/portrait artist.  At the end of the session, I took some pictures of this beautiful model since I wanted to get some details that I wasn't able to see without having the photos.  I guess I basically work with photos but it was a nice practice for me.  The model was absolutely beautiful..she was Arabic/Basque (beautiful combination) wearing a colorful outfit.. she told me that the vest belonged to her grandmother.  I give her so much credit for staying in one position for the 20 minutes at a time during the 3 hr. class.  I enjoyed painting from life...a change from working from a photo...

Thursday, July 19, 2012

First time Dad

A Father's Love

A father is respected because he gives his children leadership...appreciated because he gives his children care...valued because he gives his children time...loved because he gives his children the one thing they treasure most....himself..
author unknown..
My heart melted when I was painting this..the love between Dad and son is so obvious.  You can see how proud he is of his baby boy..holding him so tightly and so lovingly.  I enjoyed painting this portrait as I did my previous "First time Mom"....This is the second commissioned painting I did and Mom and Dad will receive them on Saturday!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

First time Mom

I will always remember how I felt the first moment that my daughter was given to me by the Nurse.  The instant love is so strong that you just never forget that moment.  There isn't anything better than becoming a Mommy for the first time.  My cousin commissioned two paintings of this beautiful family--one of this bundle of joy with mama and the other is of the little one with his dad.  She will receive this portrait next I think it will be safe to post it..I will post the second one soon..   Originally, I wanted to paint this with oils but who am I kidding?  I wasn't sure what colors to use.  After staring at all the beautiful colors that I would have used in an oil portrait, I took my pastels out, since I feel more comfortable with pastels..better idea..LOL!! I hope she likes this as much as I enjoyed painting her handsome little  boy!!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Long Island Winery

I took the reference picture from a winery on
Long Island... this barrel was in the backyard, which
I noticed when I was walking around the side of a huge
wrap around deck.  The barrel had beautiful
flowers on it which immediately caught my eye!!
I think the name of the winery was Roanoke
Vineyards, in Riverhead... I'm not sure, since we
visited a few wineries that day.....Excellent Merlot,
by the way!!!   and Music during the Summer months...Life is good !  
I painted this with basically had no clue what
I was doing but had so much fun trying.

Sunday, June 3, 2012


This is my 8 year old Grandson, Nik.  I told
him that I wanted to paint a portrait of him but
I needed to take some reference pictures of
him first...he agreed and started to smile... I
told him that it would be better if he didn't
smile since I really don't like to paint teeth!!!
so he posed so seriously after that and
started to laugh!!  When he calmed down,
I took some nice shots but now he looks a
bit depressed.  LOL  I enjoyed painting
my handsome little man...

Monday, May 14, 2012


Did you ever see a person who you really
needed to paint?  Recently,   I went to
Carlyle Fairgrounds in PA, to see the car
show.  This man was walking with a friend
and had "that face" that called me!!   So of
course, I took his photo.  It was such a
beautiful day so the light hitting his face was
perfect with all those wonderful shadows..
which later I saw in the photo...AHHH!!!!
The little things that make me happy...

Friday, May 4, 2012

Mother's Day Portrait

I have two beautiful daughters....both amazing
Mom's.  This is my youngest, Jennifer, holding
Lexi just a few days old.  I wanted to paint a
portrait for her for Mother's Day.  I took this
reference picture when Lexi came home from
the hospital.  It was a candid shot which to me
is sometimes the best.  There is nothing more
beautiful than the love between Mom and child.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

School Days

I took this photo from my family album
and decided to do a pastel portrait of
myself as a child.  I was in Elementary
School ...maybe 7 or 8 years old.   I
remember how I loved this dress.  I'm
pretty sure that this was close to the
original color since this was a black and
white photo.  I've been feeling a bit
nostalgic lately and seem to pick photos
from the "Good ole Days".  I remember
those days with a smile on my face !!!

9 x 12 Pastel Portrait

Monday, April 9, 2012

Navy Man

This is my brother-in-law, Joe, at
the age of 21 when he was in the Navy.
After leaving the Navy he became a
Policeman...then he worked as a uniformed
secret service officer in the White House
during the Kennedy Administration. How
proud am I ?! The original reference
picture was in black and white so I colorized
it a bit!. He still looks as handsome as he did when
he took this photo.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

San Francisco

A few years back, we visited San Francisco.
So much to little time. We went to
Chinatown, Alcatraz, visited the seals on
Fisherman's Wharf, Muir Woods and of
course, Sausalito... that afternoon, we
walked up those city streets ( or should
I say Mountains!) I felt like I was hiking..
very exhausting. We saw so many beautiful
homes with different pastel colors.. one
prettier than the other...They all seemed to
have colorful flowers on their front lawns..
a picture that I had to take for a future
pastel painting!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


We always have a Chinese Auction
at Curves every year.. This year, my
contribution was to paint a portrait.
The winner's name was Pat and she
decided she wanted me to paint a
portrait of her Granddaughter on her
Christening day...Katie is dressed in
the traditional Christening outfit from
Vietnam. She is a beautiful little baby
who now is 10 years old. I loved
painting Katie and was so happy that
her Grandma loved the portrait.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sunset Beach

When we went to Long Beach,LI
last year, I took the reference
picture of the Ocean which took
my breath away. I've never seen
the colors again like I did that day.
Actually, the sun was just beginning
to set..These birds came just in time
for their picture to be taken..probably
looking for food that people left behind.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Still Life - Oranges-Apple

I bought this Brass bowl and the three
brass goblets at a garage sale last
summer so I decided to use them in
this still life. I used my oil paints for
this one..However, since I'm still new
with this medium I had a hard time
painting apples, so except for one, I
replaced them with oranges. LOL I
I enjoyed painting the wine bottles .

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A Moment in Time

My Granddaughter Lexi was only about
two months old when I took the reference
picture for this pastel painting. I can't
believe 4 years have passed by already!
Last week, I went to an Antique shop
and saw a picture of a baby girl and it
inspired me to do this painting. I can
still smell the baby powder!!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

For Sale

The reference picture for this
pastel painting was taken at the
Spring show in Carlyle, PA.
fairgrounds. This particular car
was for sale for $10,000.. it runs
and only has a little rust on it. LOL
I think its a Plymouth, maybe
1930-31 ? So hurry to the fairgrounds
before its sold!! For some strange
reason, I love to photograph antique
cars...and love to paint them as well!!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Bird Watching

This is my granddaughter looking at
some birds through a telescope at the
Elizabeth A. Morton National Refuge
in Sag Harbor, NY. This is a wonderful
place to visit. They have many nesting
boxes and platforms protecting piping
plovers, roseate terns, osprey and other
shorebirds. They even close part of this
area between April 1st - August 31st in
order to minimize harm to nesting wildlife.
So if you decide to visit...don't forget your
cameras OR better yet..your paint boxes!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


I joined Curves a few years ago
after finding out I had high blood
pressure and was told to lose some
weight....Well, I did, and since then
I try to go at least 3 times a week to
maintain my weight. Linda is the
manager in Oceanside and an inspiration
to all of us. She has beautiful green eyes
that HAD to be painted! I hope Curves
appreciates the wonderful person
they have representing their Company.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

First painting; 2012

My nephew's daughter was
sitting by the lamp in the living
room, Christmas Eve, when I
was captured by the shadows on
her face. I ran for my camera
and took the reference picture
for this portrait. I enjoyed
painting her so much...I always love
the challenge of getting the likeness
of the person on paper.