A Passing Storm

"Life isn't about waiting for the Storm to pass, It's about learning to Dance in the Rain."

Pink Mandevilla

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

This tropical beauty is still blooming in spite of chilly days and nights. What a trooper.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015


Monday, November 2, 2015

New York City...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Taking the Ferry Home from NYC

Passing Time

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A little cartoon drawing symbolizing life.

Winter Evening

Monday, June 23, 2014

Water color over which I have stamped a tree brush. Unfortunately I have lost the name of the person who made the brush.

Thinking of Summer

Friday, December 13, 2013

Starlight Cottage updated

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A little home in the forest.....

Country Home

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

This is an unfinished old painting. It isn't very good but I kind of like what it represents anyway.
 I think I will work on it again.

A Picture to Frame

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


I saw a similar picture somewhere, but I don't recall where. I liked it enough to make one myself for printing out and framing. I think it would look cute framed on a table.
Mine is different than the one I saw and the words, though in the same vein are also changed.

Beautiful Back Bay Area

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

It's lovely and refreshing to be by the water whether it is the ocean or the bay or the back bay salt marsh areas.
The salt air is always cool and fresh.

First Century Judean Woman

Monday, June 11, 2012

The question posed to me was what a first century Jewish woman would look like.
I figured that she would not be much different than most Orthodox women of today and drew her that way.
While there might be a few differences, I imagine this would not be out of place then either.
A tefach of hair can show when the hair is covered. That's a tiny amount. I added some stray strands just for interest sake.

This is what I do late at night and early into the morning when I cannot sleep because of my back.
She is not finished. I rarely post finished art.
But she is coming along.
I am not good with drawing material and I do some things much better than I do others as far as drawing goes. So even in one drawing I will like one part and dislike another because some things are just more difficult for me than others.
I am not real consistent in doing well in drawing.
It's all about learning and that is where I am-- learning.

"Remembering Winter"

If deep in December it's nice to remember the fires  of September that made us mellow , then in June it is nice to remember the chill of winter that made us cozy inside.

I took this photo on a very cold day.
The waterfall was still falling into the pond keeping an air hole open for the fish hibernating peacefully below.

Scotch Broom in Bloom

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Spring can be so lovely.

After the  Rain

Using Paintings for Blog Headers

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

I paint these for my blogs so some of them are really just miniature paintings. Then I place them on a backer and place the title over top .
I rarely leave my work alone. I go back and tweak all the time. The mountain one has been changed time and again from winter, to fall to summer...

A Quick Drawing

Monday, October 31, 2011

10 minutes start to finish just for fun


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Newsboy David

Newsboy  Daniele

Some little cartoon kids.... In the late 1800's thru the 1940's Newsboys hawked newspapers on street corners and street cars across America.
As first editions came out at 2:30AM, these little kids were working long before the crack of dawn and back at it again for afternoon and evening editions if they could pick up the work. Competition was hard and dirty at times.
Mostly poor boys, they earned pennies to help their parents and , usually widowed or abandoned mothers. A large number of the boys were homeless or orphaned.
They were a tough but good hearted lot of kids.
Those who worked the long hours in the depression years, grew up to serve in WWII as the earlier kids grew up to serve in the First WW. No easy life for these kids who supported families in hard times..
The majority of these children were from desperately poor and were of German, Irish, Russian-Jewish and Italian families. Many of the outcomes to their lives were tragic and harsh but some few rose above it to become successful in later life.

There is an excellant book describing the life of newsboys in the St Louis area called The Dead End Kids of St. Louis .. and the people who tried to save them' by Bonnie Stepenoff.
Google Books has excerpts  of it  HERE
My interest in the children of the streets began with Lena Loschiavo who sold baskets and pretzels in Cincinnati, Ohio during the early part of the 1900's from early morning until as late as midnight to help support her family. Her story is HERE
These children were real American Heroes and deserve to be remembered.
This is my small caricature of a newsboy proudly wearing a cap his mother knitted for him.
 In the stories I made up for the kids, who love a story with every painting, Both kids are first generation American born. Daniele is from Italian heritage and has chocolate eyes.
David is Jewish from Holland and has King David's ruddy coloring. Or.. alternately he is Irish!or Scottish!
You decide who you see.

Autumn Crow

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Just a little tag for Autumn featuring a shy crow and a runaway leaf!

Water fowl

Thursday, September 22, 2011

This is where I live., right by the bay. Salt marsh is plentiful and filled with ducks, deer, mink, otter, herons..all manner of critters.

Rainstorm Near Barnegat Light

Friday, August 5, 2011

In progress, not half done. A rainstorm coming in.

July 4 Sunset

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The real show was in the sunset on July 4th, before the fireworks even began.
I am not a photographer at all. I just take photos of things I want to remember.
I have a simple camera and show these only to share things from nature that I think are pretty.

Sweet and Fragrant Rose

Sunday, July 3, 2011

 I have wild roses in my yard. They are a native plant of the Jersey shore. But I also love cultivated roses.
This rose was slow to take off because my soil is very sandy as I live close to the ocean.
But using water from a fish pond really helped it take off.
I forget the variety but its an old fashioned rose with lots of perfume to it.
Wild strawberries are on the ground around it.

Another Blog Header

Monday, June 27, 2011

Scaled down of course to fit here.

Sand Dunes

Thursday, June 23, 2011

.A portion of a larger painting.

Lily Moonshimmer 2

Monday, April 4, 2011

Lily is based on an old drawing I found someplace online. I redrew her and gave her color and a face.

"Lena" Enlarged and Hand Colored.

Monday, February 21, 2011

How is it that we can become so interested in a person just by seeing their face? 
This is a photo of a little girl from Cincinnati Ohio .
I took a section and enlarged it and hand colored it.
This photo of Lena  LoSchiavo taken in August of 1908, intrigued me.

11 years old, a bit of my own little darling  reflected in her face, she sits smiling in a torn and tattered dress.
Shorpy's site did not have too much information on her except for a caption.
The person taking the photos, Lewis Wickes Hine was doing so for the sake of research on child labor at the turn of the previous century. Hines was a photographer and sociologist.
Child labor laws were nothing in those days.
Lena LoSchiavo

I enlarged a bit of the photo   and then hand colored this portion of her photo to bring her to life a bit again. She is not finished yet.
Those old photos do very little to show a person's "light" and soul.
From a close up I took from  another photo of her, her eyes appeared light, not dark.
So using the coloring of my 'famous anonymous kid', I gave Lena coloring.
Her eyes may have been blue, I used a dark brownish green with violet rings, as per the "kid" . Her skin and lips are also  from the "kid".
This is not done with photoshop tricks but by hand and needs more work, but I was anxious to put it up.     I spent some time on it Friday and will do more as time allows. As you can see the hands are far from done.

At the Shorpy website, which features old photographs, people were discussing how old Lena looked. Well, not now I think.
It was late at night according to the information known about the photo and the poor kid was over tired. 
Also, they were wondering what had become of her. This lovely  eager faced child demands attention  as there is , to me at least , something intriguing about her.
When I find old photos like this I just have to color them.
To see the original photo in high definition you will need to see it on the website. I took this from a smaller photo and enlarged it myself.

It can be hard tracking people down because spellings vary from site to site. Immigrants were often misunderstood when telling their names to officials and so there are various spellings used in documents and records.
A name like LoSchiavo can become variously Loshavo, Lochiavo, Lochavo , depending on who heard it and how they wrote it down. Since different languages say the letters of the alphabet differently, asking someone to spell it was not always an option.

If I am correct in my research, Lena was born in 1898 in America to Italian immigrants Charles Loschiavo and his wife Mary Gentile Loschiavo. There were 4 children, Giusippi who died 9 days old, an unnamed infant who died at birth , another girl, Petrina who was a few years older than Lena and passed way in 1962 at the age of 67.
Petrina Loschiavo seems to have  married John Mercurio.

Charles Loschiavo, Lena's father,  passed away at age 34, when Lena was 10 or 11. This may well be why she was selling on the corner to add to  the family income. Mrs. Mary LoSchiavo had lost a son  in February at 9 days old and her husband in July of the same year.

Lena seems to have married Charles Mercurio at age 16 or 17(?) and had a little girl , Terita, who passed away at age 84 in 1999, 11 years after her mother.
Lena, passed away in 1988 at the age of 90.

She and some of her family are buried in the  St Joseph New Cemetery in Cincinnati. I found all this in their interment records.

I also 'Googled'  the site of the  corner where Lena sold pretzels and baskets from 11:00 AM  in the morning til Midnight in front of the 6th Street Market 'saloon' entrance  at 209 West Sixth Street in Cincinnati.
You can compare it with the corner that you see in the photo of Lena in the previous post.

I  dubbed it
"Lena's Corner"

“Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” 

Lena worked hard to  help support her mother....
Rest peacefully Lena.

Drawings that Are Updated

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Album Covers

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I used textures from shadowhouse for this  photo by

Dorian Susan

another texture from shadowhouse overlays a lovely photo
by Sad Ferret

photo:By Ibai Acevedo

photo:MADdog photography

These are album covers for CD's.

"It was a Dark and Stormy Night..."

Friday, January 14, 2011

 A photo taken by a friend in Central Park one afternoon.
I darkened up the day, added a rain storm, light to the bulbs on the lamp, water in the fountain base and some lightning to bring the photo alive.
Photo was taken on a clear afternoon. No rain, no storm, no lights and no water in the fountain.

Goodies for you

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Here  is a link for some animations you might like to use.
Not a lot there as yet, but there may be more to come in future.


Thursday, January 14, 2010

This little fellow is made using a stamp brush made by "Hawksmont" and then I colored and painted and monkeyed around with it since it was simply an outline to begin with. Since the maker of the outline brush didn't care, I altered the outline and the drawing to my own liking so in the end it becomes my own work.
It's like taking a page from a coloring book and making a nice oil painting from it.
I have a little relative who adores dragons and dragonology.She will be able to name him and tell all about what kind he is and where he/she is from! Yes, there is a whole lore about them and they are classified into types and places.
Hope you like him.