Monthly Archives: May 2012

Do you have artistic challenges?

Life Challenges


We all have New Year’s resolutions, starting the New Year with a new outlook. This year I decided to get healthy and lose weight like millions out there. I started with treadmill, then added DVD exercises and weights. I then decided to pump it up and run a 5K, I’ve never run in my life and thought this would be a good challenge. I found a great training program at “Spark people” where I can train in 5 weeks. I completed the 5 week training on the treadmill and then decided to train outside and registered for the Breast Cancer 5K Challenge on Mother’s Day. Two weeks before the big day, I twisted my ankle running on the curve in my neighborhood, I thought it was a sprain. Well, after two weeks of pain, swollen ankle and popping Advils, my family “urged” me to see doctor. Yep, I have a fracture on my leg, I’ve had a hot pink cast for two weeks now and I’m hoping that it will come off tomorrow. It surely has slowed me down and is a big pain. I continue to support Breast Cancer, I painted a beautiful pink ribbon on the cast.

During the next 5 or 6 weeks, I will be teaching a workshop out of town ( so excited), from there I’ll be at the Allentown Art Festival, I’m job hunting and painting daily for the exhibit! Let’s add the usual, birthdays, graduation, wedding parties and family camping…oh well, life could be boring!

What are your artistic challenges?


A Moment of Silence

Thirteen years ago today, we lost our sister and best friend to lifelong battle with asthma. It was devastating and unthinkable that the youngest sibling would pass on before any of us including my parents. A day doesn’t go by that we think of her…

Margarita Martinez

Today is also Memorial Day, a day to honor men and women who have given their life for our freedom, for it’s not cheap, it’s priceless! I’m specially proud of my daughter, 1st Airman Jasmine Huertas, we love you!

Jasmine Huertas USAF

Honor a soldier or a loved one today, simply take a moment of silence wherever you are to show your appreciation , kindness and love.

Orange Rose for moms

Then go beyond and pass on…

Allergies or a cold? Take the quiz

This is one of our “discussions”, is it allergies or a cold? We know spring is here or coming, how about other times of the year?

“Parents’ offers this interesting quiz to help us figure it out and breath a little easier, thanks “Parents”!

spring trees allergies or a coldasthma

Quiz: Does Your Child Have Allergies or a Cold?

11 Smart Ways to Prevent Allergies

Have you ever wondered if your child has allergies or asthma, here are great tips from “Parents” on prevention tips…I love the outfits!

11 Smart Ways to Prevent Allergies

Spring has sprung and you’re tempted to fling open the windows and…ah-choo! No, you shouldn’t have to put on a face mask this time of the year. These simple strategies will help keep stuffiness and sneezing at bay–inside and out.
By Lambeth Hochwald

My latest newsletter includes a step by step view

Here is my latest newsletter! This is the first step by step process of a painting that I managed to gather, I get so involved in the painting that I forget to photograph them. Here is the photo reference of the lovely bunch of roses that I painted, well, almost, you will have to follow the link to see what I mean …enjoy, would love to know what you think!

hanging red roses

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Happy Birthday Margie

This weekend I worked a booth at the Lilac Festival and wasn’t able to post this, but I do want to send to heaven birthday wishes and kisses to my sister Margie, we love you and will never forget you!

Margarita Martinez

“Strew on her roses, roses, and never a spray of yew. In quiet she reposes: Ah! would that I did too”- Matthew Arnold, Requiescat

Filling up quickly-Floral watercolor workshop at the Finger Lakes

I’m excited to announce that my “Floral Watercolor Workshop” is on and filling up quickly! At this workshop I’ll be teaching participants how to:

  • Save money on paint supplies, how to explore a single paint of tube  and getting out of the color rut! (Save money)
  • Participants will receive an inventory booklet with directions how to maximize their pigments…(save money)
  • How to paint bold dramatic florals!
  • We’ll be mounting a watercolor painting onto an Ampersand Claybord, bord provided courtesy by Ampersand Art Supplies (Save money)
  • Learn how to frame without glass…(save money)
  • The workshop is located on Keuka Lake, one of the most beautiful from the Finger Lakes surrounded by incredible wineries…did I say wine??

Sunny Point cottage

  • Only $108. for Yates County Arts Center members and $144. for non-members…(save money)

For information you can contact me and to enroll please the Yates County Arts Center website

I feel a common theme here, how about you??

On the left is a blank Ampersand Gessobord, with watercolor we will mount onto a Claybord, it has a smoother surface. On the right is a mounted watercolor, no additional framing needed!

Blank Ampersand ClaybordWhite Peony mounted onto an Ampersand Claybord

A Blue rose, story from the heart


A great artist shared this touching story with me, I know it will touch you, thank you Nancy Radzik!

A Blue Rose

Having four visiting family members, my wife was very busy, so I offered to   go to the store for her to get some needed items, which included light bulbs,   paper towels, trash bags, detergent and Clorox. So off I went.

I scurried around the store, gathered up my goodies and headed for the   checkout counter, only to be blocked in the narrow aisle by a young man who   appeared to be about sixteen-years-old. I wasn’t in a hurry, so I patiently   waited for the boy to realize that I was there. This was when he waved his   hands excitedly in the air and declared in a loud voice, “Mommy, I’m   over here.”

t was obvious now, he was mentally challenged and also startled as he turned   and saw me standing so close to him, waiting to squeeze by. His eyes widened   and surprise exploded on his face as I said, “Hey Buddy, what’s your   name?”

“My name is Denny and I’m shopping with my mother,” he responded proudly.  “Wow,” I said, “that’s a cool name; I wish my name was Denny,   but my name is Steve.”  “Steve, like Stevarino?” he asked. “Yes,” I answered.   “How old are you Denny?”  “How old am I now, Mommy?” he asked his mother as she slowly came   over from the next aisle.  “You’re fifteen-years-old Denny; now be a good boy and let the man pass   by.”

I acknowledged her and continued to talk to Denny for several more minutes   about summer, bicycles and school. I watched his brown eyes dance with   excitement, because he was the centre of someone’s attention. He then   abruptly turned and headed toward the toy section.

Denny’s mom had a puzzled look on her face and thanked me for taking the time   to talk with her son. She told me that most people wouldn’t even look at him, much less talk to him.

I told her that it was my pleasure and then I said something I have no idea   where it came from, other than by the prompting of the Holy Spirit. I told   her that there are plenty of red, yellow, and pink roses in God’s Garden;   however, “Blue Roses” are very rare and should be appreciated for   their beauty and distinctiveness. You see, Denny is a Blue Rose and if   someone doesn’t stop and smell that rose with their heart and touch that rose   with their kindness, then they’ve missed a blessing from God.

She was silent for a second, then with a tear in her eye she asked, “Who   are you?”   Without thinking I said, “Oh, I’m probably just a dandelion, but I sure   love living in God’s garden.”  She reached out, squeezed my hand and said, “God bless you!” and   then I had tears in my eyes.

May I suggest, the next time you see a BLUE ROSE, whichever differences   that person may have, don’t turn your head and walk off. Take the time to smile and   say Hello. Why? Because, by the grace of GOD, this mother or father could be   you. This could be your child, grandchild, niece, nephew or any other family   member.What a difference a moment can mean to that person or their  family.

From an old dandelion! Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak   kindly.Leave the rest to the powers that be.

“People   will forget what you said, People will forget what you did, but people will   never forget how you made them feel !” 

If this story touched you today, please consider sharing it with others. It’s a good one and don’t we hear or read enough awful ones’ that this makes a good  change?




Great article on

Thanks to Sarah Beattie at for creating this wonderful article about my Etsy shop and Gift of the Rose!

Have you heard of Etsy?  Today we’re going to take a look at one of the sellers on there I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Before we continue I’d like to go into a little more detail on Etsy and what you can expect there for those who are unfamiliar with the website.

Last year, over $180.6 million-worth of goods were sold on Etsy. The team behind this online marketplace for handmade crafts is helping many sellers offering them a platform to sell their merchandise. If you haven’t been there yet, its quickly becoming the best place online If you’re looking for handmade creations, vintage, and supplies for making art yourself.

In my opinion especially living in todays times, what makes this place different is that your not shopping for factory line goods made in china – you get something unique here which you will not find in stores. For this reason items you find on Etsy also make great and thoughtful gifts for others.

Browsing Etsy is both exhilarating and exhausting. There is enough here to mount an astonishing museum exhibition. There is also plenty of junk. Most of all there is a dizzying amount of stuff.

I work with Etsy shop owners on a weekly basis and personally look at hundreds of shops every month, working with some of the more dedicated ones. I’ve seen it all and I know what to look for in a good shop. Today we’re going to be taking a closer look at one of the better shops you’ll ever find on Etsy and one that I highly recommend you browse and shop.

Today we’re looking at La Galeria on Etsy They specialize in Original & Prints of Watercolor, Acrylic & Oils.

Artist Bio:

Welcome to my shop! I’m a full time artist from Rochester, NY. I’m inspired to paint from nature and any subject matter that captures my artistic spirit, I use the medium that will best covey my artistic inspiration.

BE MY GUEST Summer of 2012 I will be having my first Solo art exhibit titled “Gift of the Rose”, it’s about the language of colors in roses and it’s meaning as expressed through my art and your stories or poems shared at my blog for the exhibit. The exhibit is dedicated to my sister who died from chronic asthma. My dream is to gather stories and or poems along with my artwork from the exhibit and publish a book where the proceeds go to the Golisano’s Children’s Hospital to further benefit the Pediatric Asthma Support. Help my vision of children without asthma, visit:

Share your story or poem today!

WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPS I enjoy teaching watercolors and offer workshops. If interested in hosting a workshop in your area, send me an email for workshop details. My focus is to build solid foundations of the principles of art, specifically color knowledge and application. In addition, I share my glazing techniques and a unique innovative way to showcase your watercolors without glass.

This shop has nothing but positive feedback, which is a very good sign. I’ve also found them very pleasant to deal with myself. Looking at the prices they are most reasonable and you can get the items shipped to your door at low rates. If you register on Etsy you can also contact the owner via conversations if you have any specific questions. I highly recommend you take a moment to do this, as registration is easy and will allow you to more easily keep in touch when making your purchase. So what are you waiting for? Head over to their shop and find something nice! And while you are there, do not forget to favorite them and perhaps even like them on facebook or follow on twitter!

Here is the link you need to use!

Amazingly Easy Tips to Caring for your roses

I found this great article about caring for roses at Long Island Rose Societies website, it has great information about disease prevention, care and pruning. For other great topics about roses make sure you visit their website.

Maplewood Rose Garden



Astonishingly Simple Ideas to Caring For Your Roses

Learn from others:

Apart from studying useful content like this on the world wide web, an excellent way to discover far more about rose gardening is to be part of a rose society.  If you do this you will have accessibility to heaps of expertise and you’ll also be ready to understand from others encounter. If you are unsure of which rose variety to increase in your particular area – communicate to your nearby backyard middle as they really should have excellent perception into the sorts very best suited for your climate.

Preventing Disease:

To lessen the likelihood of fungal diseases, prune away the foliage in the center of your rose bush to open it up and allow air circulation.   Fungus’s thrive in inadequately ventilated, dense locations.  Similarly, make certain that the plants close to your rose bushes are also pruned to permit airflow. Blend cinnamon into your soil when you are replanting roses, cinnamon is a normal fungicide and will support keep disease away. Water your roses in the early morning and attempt not to drinking water the foliage and flowers but water the base of the plant.  This will restrict the amount of humidity on the true plant that can motivate fungal illness. The finest avoidance of rose ailments is to make certain you plant rose kinds that are adapted to your regional local weather. Plant garlic in your rose backyard to help deter pesky insect plagues. Plant your roses in spots that get morning sun to assist quickly evaporate dew and inhibit fungal expansion.

Planting Roses:

Roses make fantastic container vegetation, so if you do not have room for them in your backyard, you can also plant them in pots and hold them on your patio. If you do plant your roses in the backyard, make positive you can quickly access them.   You’ll need to have to give them lots of interest and care, so you require to be capable to get to them simply. Bear in mind when you select which selection to plant that not all roses have a beautiful scent.  If fragrance is critical to you then search for kinds that do have their personal scent.

Pruning Roses:

Prune your roses to prepare the branches to develop outwards from the middle of the plant.  You can do this by leaving buds that encounter away from the middle of the plant and pruning the rest. Use sharp, properly preserved equipment so that you can lower speedily and cleanly. Make confident that you seal all the cuts you make when pruning, this will help to stop any disease and also deter cane borers. Take rose cuttings early in the summer when your plant is increasing at its most vigorous.

General Rose Care:

Will not above fertilize your roses.  It is best to give them some fertilizer right after each and every flowering.  Cease fertilizing about 2 months before the dormant time period. Use organic fertilizer relatively than synthetic fertilizers as the latter will contribute to salt develop up in the soil.   This is particularly correct for container roses.

Mulch is a key ingredient to successful gardening.  If you put a great mulch on your rose backyard, you conserve moisture, stop weeds and maintain your roses happy.




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