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Aug. 7th, 2013

glass dragonfly

Tap tap tap...is this thing on?

Hello. I dunno if anyone is still out there. It's been awhile. My whole world kinda got consumed by 6 kids and real estate laws. I miss being here. Are you still here too?

Apr. 3rd, 2012

glass dragonfly

Well hello....

Well guess what, I'm still alive and kicking.

I now have Kayla back, and her little brother has joined us. It took less than 8 months for mom to fall off the horse and start abandoning her kids with friends so she can get high. With a house now full of 6 kids you can only imagine how hectic things can be around these parts.

Around here, we are also packing up the rental house and going back to my vacant house. Since the bank denied the short sale and then sabotaged any attempts to continue to sell home while I was gone, we're busting the lock and playing a new game. I think I'll call it "Occupy My Street". Bank never forced me to leave. So, I'm goin back in....

Apr. 28th, 2011

glass dragonfly

Because I'm 12 years old on the inside and it made me laugh.

Apr. 27th, 2011

glass dragonfly

Hey, look...

Here's another piece...

Another acrylic on paper. This one is about 10" x 12"

Apr. 26th, 2011

glass dragonfly

This is what I broke in 1995


I've never actually looked it up before today. In March of 1995 I survived an intra cranial bleed of the right orbitofrontal cortex lobe of my brain.  Two years before my event, I was in a major car accident. Although there were no bumps, bruises or scratches on the outside, the impact rocked my brain on the inside. I endured severe migraines once or twice a month for over a year. During the two foggy, pain fueled years between the accident and the bleed I began having episodes of short term memory loss. School became impossible. I literally felt as if I lost my mind. It was all the little things. I was perfectly functional. I could drive perfectly. Just remind me where I'm going. I just couldn't execute a plan, write a term paper or even read through a book. I needed lists of daily to-do lists for basic things like brushing my hair, what time to eat, what day it was, people's names that I met that day...same people from the day before but I forgot their names again and that I met them yesterday. Where I put my keys, where I parked the car. If it wasn't on the list, it wasn't getting done. I had to map out each day. Fake it til you make it. On the inside I knew something was waaaay out of sync. I started seeing doctors and attending cognitive therapy groups. I had MRIs conducted that showed nothing out of the ordinary. Until one day "it" popped. No one ever saw what "it" was. They found the problem because it reached it's breaking point and broke. The link above details the conditions that are prevalent for each area that is affected. For me it was the orbitofrontal cortex. There are so many things that are hitting home for me that I am astounded by the similarities. These days, despite all my troubles, I am thankful for every breath I take.  I have been pain free and I have managed to recoup my senses with few adaptations to accommodate things. My lists are much shorter. Some days I even wing it.

I have a very special place in my heart for Sen. Kathy Giffords. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20057008-504083.html My situation was no where near the gravity of her situation. But I do know how hard I fought to be at the level I am at today. To know that she gets to have a little "real" time with her family is great progress indeed.

Rainbow over Guy Lombardo Marina. Easter Afternoon.

Apr. 21st, 2011

glass dragonfly

finished a pair this weekend..

This is Mejiro...

Apr. 18th, 2011

glass dragonfly

and another...

I've been busy...

I'm liking this kind of busy. It means I've been setting my head straight and getting back to business by getting back to basics.

As much as I love a mural, painting smaller has become like a homecoming.

Apr. 16th, 2011

glass dragonfly

Psst... I wanna show you something...

It's been a while since I've poked my head about. I've been a busy little bee. Things have been on the upswing. I have also been spending time in the studio :)

It's been a while since I've made any art for art's sake. I've been commissioned to paint what others wanted for quite some time. I've started a series of paintings that are inspired by my trip to the Planting Fields Arboretum here on Long Island. This piece is a heavy textured acrylic on illustration board. As a faux finisher, it has always been my job to make texture "seem" to be there, hence the Faux=Fake. It's fun to break out of that mold and color outside the lines again.

Feb. 28th, 2011

invisibility is broken

I found Spring!

It was right down the road at The Plantingfields Arboretum

Jan. 27th, 2011


About a week later there is good news :)

Here in NY there is a wonderful organization called HELP USA

They have placed my niece and her children into a nice apartment. The generous people there have donated several items to help her get situated. Now I can finally breathe easier knowing that Kayla has her own space. Rebecca is facing this challenge and holding her own so far. I pray things only get easier for her.

Also, my darling husband is now opening his second Massage Therapy location. He picked up the keys to the office earlier this week. I couldn't be more proud of the strides he is taking with such focus and determination. Ever forward...

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