Saturday, December 29, 2012

Rug Looms

As a Christmas present my brother and his wife bought me these two rug looms for making twined rugs. They also got me a book telling me how to do it. I'll post progress pictures as I go.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Tree Ornaments

We bought two new ornaments for the 2012 tree.

A buffalo bought in Buffalo, NY.

A car bought at the Salt Lake City Art Museum in SLC, Utah

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Sandy Aftermath

Can it get worse? Yes.  We could have a Nor'easter.

With thousands still without power, the temperature has dropped to 30°, and it snowed. We have a tad over three inches here in Valley Stream. Over half of the trees around here have their leaves and, most of those, are still green.

I took both of these photos from my front door around 9 PM.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Sandy Aftermath

These pictures were also taken within two miles of my house.

A local construction site.

Gas prices coming down....

A teen-ager remarked to me, upon seeing the pileup of boats in Hewlett Neck, "You know you're rich when you wake up in the morning and find three yachts on your front lawn."

Friday, November 2, 2012

Sandy Aftermath

We got our internet connection back around 5:30 PM today. It disappeared Monday around 6:30 PM. We lost power for only 20 hours also so we were very lucky. Paul had the bright idea of turning the heat up very high before the Sandy struck so, when the power was lost and the furnace cut out, we had enough heat to carry us over until the power came back, even though the temperature in the house fell 10 degrees.

We lost about 40 to 60 shingles from the roof. The roofer is coming tomorrow afternoon to replace them.
About half of the damage - more on the other side of the peak.

Below are some pictures from around the neighborhood. These were all taken within two miles of my house. I'll have more pictures tomorrow.

Two Swamp Maples blown over here on Peninsula Blvd.

Down near Hewlett Neck.

Lost six old trees here in the Village Green Park in Valley Stream.

Four blocks from my house a nice old oak tree was toppled.
The line at Radio Shack in Rockville Centre at it's shortest.

Friday, September 21, 2012

St. Raymond's Second Annual Art Show

Some of my original paintings and photographs will be for sale at this show. Stop by and see what what's happening in the art world on Long Island.

Save the dates!
Saturday, Sept. 29,
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012

 Long Island Artists, including members of St. Raymond's Art Club,
will be selling their art work at a show to be held in the 

St. Raymond's School Cafeteria 
located at
263 Atlantic Ave.
East Rockaway, New York 11518

Saturday: 11AM to 7PM
Sunday: 10AM to 7PM

A percentage of all sales will go to St. Raymond's School.

All oils, Acrylics, pastels, watercolors and photographs plus high quality prints, both framed and unframed, will be on sale.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Our Western Journey - Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

This state park is just north and on the other side of the highway from Arches NP.

The mesa on the left is the Monitor and, on the right, is the Merrimack.

View from the point with the salt pans just visible on the canyon floor.

A better view of the salt pans.

On the narrow land bridge connecting the Dead Horse mesa to the main plateau.

The green strip on the canyon floor is the Colorado River.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Our Western Journey - Arches National Park

Some of the arches in the park. The day we were there, the temperature was about 105F in the shade, except there wasn't much shade.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Our Western Journey

We have recently come home from a four week trip to Utah and other nearby states. The following pictures were taken along Rte. 6 and 191, from Salt Lake City to Moab, Utah.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Upper Estuary Near Porthmadog, Wales

My new pastel on 12 by 18 inches Wallis sanded paper using Pan Pastels with a bit of Unison, Henri Roche and Derwent Pastel pencils. This was drawn from a photograph I took from a window of the narrow gauge train that runs from Porthmadog on the coast to the slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Upper Estuary Near Porthmadog, Wales

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Julia - a new Portrait

I finished this portrait of my Grandniece on July 3rd. It's pastels on sanded 9 by 12 inch Colorfix paper. This was drawn from a photo taken when Julia was about 16 months old.


Friday, June 29, 2012

The World Trade Center

This photo of the new World Trade Center was taken from the Pulaski Bridge in Queens. I took the photo on June 23, 2012. It already dominates the New York skyline.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Motorcycle As Art

I saw this in a gallery in Key West, Florida, many years ago. I don't ride motorcycles myself and I'm not too fond of the noise they make. One could honestly say I'm not a fan but, even I knew, this one is special.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Sidney is a Jack Russell who lives in Pennsylvania. Her humans are cousins of mine. I don't believe it's necessary to mention who runs the house. These are recent pictures of her in her garden.

Sidney would like to remind everyone that they should always stop and smell the flowers.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


My antique, collectible and vintage shop on Etsy was included in this Etsy Treasury. Click on the picture and it will take you right to the interactive page.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Beach Near La Push, WA

I started this little painting on the beach just down the road from La Push but, after almost 2 hours in the sun, with no shade in sight, I packed it in and finished it in my studio when I got home.

The painting is 8 by 10 inches, oil on gesso board.

Beach Near La Push

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Uncle Johnny

I painted Uncle Johnny about 15 years ago from a photo taken in the 1960s. He was my Grandmother's younger brother. He was a dairy farmer in Meshoppen, Pennsylvania. His fields and barn are in the background.
The painting is oil on canvas, 18 X 24 inches. It was the first portrait I ever painted.

John Barnes

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Shepherd

I painted this little oil painting many years ago. It is 5 by 7 inches, oil on stretched canvas. It has been finished with two coats of Damar Varnish.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Below are three watercolors in various stages that I painted in February and March of this year. The top one shows the initial ink sketch before any color is applied. Sometimes I do just the sketch at the scene and then paint in the color later in the studio.

Wakodahatchie Preserve, Florida

The second shows a picture with part of the color in place.

Jones Beach, NY near the Fishing Piers
The third is a completed picture. You may notice I don't sign my pieces until the are finished.

Neptune Beach, Florida near a fishing bridge.

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