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 !!!