Saturday, July 31, 2010

A Summer Bangle

I just finished this beaded bracelet this past week. I hope to have it up for sale on Etsy by the beginning of the week.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Goldfinch - hanging out

This little guy has adopted our feeder and stops by most afternoons for a nibble.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Flowers from Costa Rica

I took these photos in Costa Rica while hiking in the mountains looking for birds. The flowers and the scenery are wonderful.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Tricycle Saga

Back in the beginning of June, I ordered a 5 speed tricycle for myself. I wanted to use it to haul around my art supplies when I went out to do my doings. I thought it could also be handy for hopping over to the super market and of course, the idea of getting a tad more exercise seemed good.

Unfortunately, a couple of weeks later, the gentleman at the bike store called to tell me that the only manufacturer of 5 speed trikes in the USA had discontinued building the 5 speed model. Then he added that I should not give up hope because the gal he had talked to told him that they had been flooded with requests for the 5 speed ever since they had discontinued them. They were thinking about putting them back on the assembly line. She would let him know... he would let me know.

A few weeks after this, the bike man called again and said that they were indeed going to start making them again and, if I still wanted one, it would be ready in September.


Monday, July 19, 2010

The Seine at Night

This oil was painted from a photo of the Seine which I took from the Pont Neuf (the New Bridge) which was built in the early 1600s. It shows the view down stream toward the Eiffel Tower. This is an oil on canvas measuring 18 by 24 inches.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Lobsters Are... Pink???

I saw this lobster in the live lobster tank at a local supermarket.  He was moving around so I knew I wasn't looking at an ex-lobster ghost. Didn't know they came this color.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

Breaking News in Valley Stream

Things got a tad exciting again today on my block. You might remember the tree that went down in March; now a electric pole has been cut off at the knees... so to speak. A Valley Stream building maintenance van went out of control and hit the pole. One fellow in the van knocked his knee against something and both men were shaken up, but no real injuries. As a matter of fact, their airbags didn't even deploy.

I didn't get home until after the crash but Paul said it was a loud noise and our house shook. The pole is located in front of the house two doors down from us. We lost power for about a half an hour.

First on the scene

LIPA, the electric company stabilizes the pole

All propped up and our power is back on

Checking the damage

Hitching up the van

And off it goes

As I write this, LIPA is taking out the stump and replacing the pole. Unfortunately, it's too dark to take decent photos and I can't get close enough to make a flash useful. I'll go out and try - if I get anything, I'll post it tomorrow. 

Friday, July 9, 2010

A Farm in Winter

I did this pastel of a farm in upstate New York this past week. I thought a Winter scene would be appropriate since we are right in the middle of a heat wave.

The picture was done with soft pastels on pale blue 9 by 11 inch Canson pastel paper.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Monday, July 5, 2010

Tom Otterness

A sculpture by one of my favorite artists. It stands on the grounds of the Nassau County Museum of Art.

Saturday, July 3, 2010


July 2nd was my birthday and I had one of my favorite cakes: chocolate fudge.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Ontario Journal - Niagara-on-the-Lake

After a few days in Buffalo, NY, we darted back across the border to Canada to window shop. The question is... pastries or fruit? Or one of each?

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
Henry Davis Thoreau