I have started a new blog Lois's Legacy which will be highlighting books for sale in our store on ABE Books. If you are interested in used, out of print or rare books, please drop by and see us. Our first featured book is a First Edition, Du Cote de Chez Swann by Marcel Proust.
"Contemplation" is beaded collar style necklace on which I have been working for some time. It is the first piece of beaded jewelry that I ever made even though it was the second to get finished. It will be in the Long Island Craft Guild's 50th Anniversary Show at the B. J. Spoke Gallery in Huntington, NY. Mid June I will be offering it for sale at CabArray, my Etsy Jewelry Shop.
These flowers were growing wild on a hillside in Costa Rica. I am not sure what they are but I'm inclined to believe they are a type of terrestrial orchid. The blossoms were about 1 1/2 inches (4 cm) across.
Let me tell you about Itgen's, a small family-run restaurant and candy store, here in Valley Stream. They don't excel in haute cuisine but their cheeseburgers are the best this side of the Mississippi and they make their own marshmallow for their marshmallow sundaes. And if you are looking for an old fashioned Lime Rickey, look no further. It's no frills food, hardly worth a mention you might say, and I would agree... except for their eggs.
Itgen's makes their own Easter Eggs, their own Chocolate Easter Eggs, that is. They also make rabbits and all manner of chocolate items for just about any holiday you can think of, but it is their eggs which are so wonderful. First of all they are solid chocolate (and a nice dark chocolate, too). They are made half open so they can be filled with marshmellow chicks, jelly beans, foil wrapped figures and smaller chocolate eggs. Some have sugar rabbits and some have chocolate lollypops, and some have both. They are further decorated with royal icing flowers and brightly colored bows. The egg in my picture is the next size up from the smallest. It was very good...
In a neighborhood, not many miles from mine, a colony of Yellow-Crowned Night Herons takes up residence every summer. They live in the tall trees that line the street and what traffic there is doesn't seem to bother them.
This is a pastel painting of a Common Egret that I just finished.
The first picture was taken was it was a little over half way done.
The second picture is the finished piece. I've never pictured a bird before and wanted to see if I could represent the feathers in a believable fashion.
For the model I used a photograph that I took last summer at the Oceanside Marine Preserve here on Long Island. The preserve is the summer home to a great variety of birds who prefer living in salt water marshes and along the water's edge. A pair of Osprey returns each Spring to raise their brood of 2 or 3 chicks. The finished piece is 9 X 12 inches (23 X 30.5 cm).