Monthly Archives: August 2012

Stars Among Us

One of the best organizations in my community is “Latinas Unidas“, they truly live up to their mission about empowering women. I proudly served on the Board of Directors for a few years, chaired the “Reconocimiento Awards” in 2008 and have proudly taken part in other events such the East High Iron Chef the first year it was organized. These ladies have been there for me through the ups and downs of life, specially when I chaired the “Reconocimiento Awards” in 2008. This beautiful event   took place in November, one month when after 27 years with a financial institution the recession hit and my position was eliminated. They were there for me and supported me through one of the most difficult times in my life. Expertly led by Daisy Rivera Algarin, she is “Latina Unidas’ and has slowly developed this organization from an idea to one of the best non-profit in our community. I’m thrilled to be featured today in “Stars Among Us” and the launching of their new website, it looks marvelous darlings!

Latinas Unidas networking at Frontier

ps. I’m proudly doing a painting for the next Reconocimiento, more to come…

 

Dance, Dance, Dance Art!

Love to dance? Don’t miss out on all dance related art 25% at my online shop “La Galeria” on Etsy!

 


Check out my most popular item “Ballerina Slippers” in a black frame, ready to hang!

Reception for “Gift Of The Rose”

Thanks to everyone who was able to join me for this special event, if you haven’t had a chance to stop by, the exhibit will be available to view for two more weeks, ending Friday August 24, at the 1570 Gallery at 1570 East Avenue, Rochester, NY…gallery hours are from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.

I would love to get your feedback and tell me what you think, thanks!

Never, Ever Give Up: Heart-Wrenching Story

There are days when our goals and dreams seem so far away that you may give up and say “The heck with it”. Then comes along someone who has overcome incredible barriers by never ever giving up!

Two years ago I resigned from my full-time job as a Bank Manager to pursue my dream of painting on a full-time basis. My husband and me agreed on taking a break for one year based on our financial situation, I have pushed that to two and now I’m looking  to re-enter the corporate world once again. Although I have achieved quite a bit in two years, financially it’s a challenge to meet my obligations. However, I will never-ever give up, I believe in “me”, that’s enough for “me”! This veteran, Arthur, touched my heart with his courage, I felt his days of despair and pain, how beautiful when a human being pushes him or herself to limits that they didn’t believe were even possible.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qX9FSZJu448

I hope you enjoy this video, I did…know of someone who could use a little encouragement, perhaps a veteran?

You know what to do!

 

Never Ask An Artist This

Perhaps if you’re an artist like me you’ve been asked this question before, “How long did it take you to do that? I have this debate, specially if I do a painting demonstration that takes me 15-20 minutes. I don’t want to give the wrong impression that it’s that easy. For any demonstration I do, I practice before hand just like an olympian. An olympian has one opportunity to compete and prove to the entire world his skills and ability that took a lifetime to achieve!

Consider these facts:

- The long hours in the gym, early wake up in the track, sometimes more than once a day.

- The mental, emotional and physical demands training in a special location. I think of Gabby Douglas, who trained far away from  her family and almost quit because she was homesick.

- Perhaps studying long hours and new techniques to improve your skills.

- The physical injuries, such as Abby Wambach, a local athlete, punched in the face, ouch!

- The financial burden for training and education expenses, the toll it takes on the entire family.

- The sweat, tears and frustrating moments when you lose and you’re representing your country.

USA Olympic gymnastics

As an artist we have parallel lives to an olympian;

- Long lonely hours in the studio; sometimes  seven days a week  for 10 hours or more a day.

- The cost of materials, studio cost, books, magazines, DVD’s, competition fees, club dues, framing, workshops and classes just to mention a few.

- The mental stress of putting all the components together of composition, value, design and color before painting like a complicated puzzle before even laying down a stroke of paint.

- The exposure to chemicals that possibly in the long run may affect our health.

-  The financial and physical amount of paper, canvas, brushes and paint  that I have used over the years to create what I consider one good painting in 15 minutes!

I feel for those competing and feeling defeated, the italian volleyball player crying or the gymnast with a low score and her eyes are swelling, they break my heart. Like an olympian we challenge ourselves everyday to get better at what we do. We treat each day as a gift to create something that we envision with our hands just because it’s our passion, we fall, dust ourselves off and start again…and again. An olympians ultimate reward is a gold medal, to me it was one day when a gentleman came in my booth at the  end of long hot weekend at an art festival. He was on a bike and sweaty, he decided to buy an original triptych set. I asked him if he was buying for a special area or room. He replied, “No, I’m buying it because I love art!” It was like I won the gold medal and I was standing on a podium!

Next time you watch an artist paint, please don’t ask  “How long did it take you to paint that?”. Think of the olympics and “Go for the gold”!

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