Monthly Archives: July 2012

“Gift Of The Rose” makes front page!

Gates-Chili Messenger Post front page

Thank you to James Battaglia for the wonderful well-written interview! I honestly have a difficult time reading about “me”, I was explaining this to a great woman I admire and is a mentor to me in many ways. She has been in the news and media quite a bit and could relate to what I was saying, she explained to me that it’s humility. I finally, overcame that sensation and read the article. James did such a wonderful job with the interview transforming my vision and words to the community that I’m truly humbled, thank you Jim and the Gates-Chili Messenger Post!




How I made front page!

Gates-Chili Messenger Post front pageSunday I received a telephone call from a friend who informed me that I was on the front cover of the Gates-Chili Messenger Post, a local newspaper! Now, I obviously interviewed with the editor and had photos taken, but being on the front page wasn’t a sure thing. I was also interviewed by “El Mensajero”,  a local bilingual catholic newspaper and “Imagen”, a beautiful color bilingual magazine. I’m grateful for the opportunities to be able to talk about my first solo art exhibit and most important create Asthma Awareness, as the exhibit is dedicated in memory of my beautiful sister who suffered from asthma.

I will admit I had never done a media kit and was quite nervous about creating one. I then came across a wonderful article by Maria Brophy, “How to get Free Press – The Art of the Press Release” and followed her advise. I also purchased “How to be press friendly” by Tara Reed, but have not had the time to read it, I’m sure that it has plenty more tips and I can learn a great deal. I spent an entire day writing my first Media Kit and sent it out to various local newspapers and media sources and then “nothing’! I was disappointed, but I didn’t give up, so I revised the same Media Kit, made a few changes and sent it out again…this time I got three interviews and photo shoots, not bad!


Since the Gates-Chili Messenger post went out this week, I have received emails and phone calls for demonstration and group talks! I know I have a lot more to learn about the media but I’m glad I didn’t give up, it gives me more encouragement to talk to more people about asthma management specially in the Latino community and following your passion and heart!

Although mine wasn’t perfect, I did the following:

  • I created 2 pages; one with images, contact information and title of the exhibit. For the  second page, I tried to keep the most important details to one-page, more than one and you’ll probably lose the editor.
  • My second page: was to point, a good headline (very important), what the exhibit was about, why I was doing the exhibit, since it involves asthma awareness, I included research statistics. Followed by date, time and place.
  • Most important advise- make every word count!
  • Be persistent, learn more and never give up!

Thank you Annette, Diana, Jim and Maria for helping me in more ways than you can imagine.

Stunning Graffiti

I received this stunning gallery of graffiti from Jean, a member from the Webster Art Club and thought you would enjoy it as much as I did!

History of asthma

Reposted from

History of Asthma

The earliest recorded reference to respiratory distress – a disorder characterized by “noisy breathing” (wheezing?) is found in China in 2600 BC.
The Babylonian “Code of Hammurabi” recorded symptoms of breathlessness: “If a man’s lungs pant with his work.”  (1792-1750 BC).
Hippocrates (~400 BC) was the first to use the term “Asthma” (Greek for “wind” or “to blow”) for panting and respiratory distress.  He is considered to be the physician who identified the relationship between the environment and respiratory disease correlating climate and location with illness.  Some suggest he was the first allergist.
When Alexander the Great invaded India, smoking the herb stramonium (an anticholinergic agent related to ipratropium and tiotropium currently used in inhalers) was used to relax the lungs.
Roman doctors described asthma as gasping and the inability to breathe without making noise.  They noted “if from running or any other work, the breath becomes difficult, it is called asthma.”  Pliny the elder (~ 50 AD) observed that pollen was a source of respiratory difficulty and recommended the use of “ephedra” (forerunner of ephedrine) in red wine as an asthma remedy.  Unfortunately, he also suggested that drinking the blood of wild horses and eating 21 millipedes soaked in honey could help.
The Jewish Talmud (200-500 AD) counseled “drinking three weights of hiltith,” a resin of the carrot family as a therapy for asthma.  Maimonides (1135-1204 AD), Jewish scholar and Saladin’s physician treated the Egyptian’s son for asthma.  His “Treatise on Asthma” prescribed rest, good personal hygiene and environment, avoidance of opium, a small quantity of wine and a special diet.  Nuts, fruit, milk, cool vegetables and legumes (peanuts are a member of this family) were forbidden, while “The soup of fat hens” was considered beneficial.
Tobacco introduced from the America’s to Europe (1500’s), was used to induce coughing and expectorate mucus.  In Central America, Aztecs ingested an ephedra containing plant to clear mucus and, in South America, Incas treated asthma with a cocaine-like dried leaf.  In the 1800’s, Arsenic was prescribed for respiratory conditions.  In the early 1900’s, allergy immunotherapy was first introduced to treat asthma.
Asthma medicines of the 1940’s and 1950’s consisted of epinephrine injections (adrenaline) and aminophylline tablets or suppositories.  In the 1960’s oral combinations were the staples of chronic therapy.  Inhalation of epinephrine (Primatene) and isoproterenol (Isuprel) were used as rescue agents.  Oral prednisone was and continues to be prescribed for severe disease.
Since the Allergy and Asthma Medical Group & Research Center was founded in 1969, many therapeutic advances have occurred.   Inhaled bronchodilator medications are less likely to stimulate the heart and are available in both short and long acting formulations.  Inhaled corticosteroids target the underlying inflammation and minimize the potential cortisone side effects seen with the tablet and liquid products.  Our clinical research department is currently actively evaluating new asthma therapies that promise to further benefit patients.
Though asthma has been a known entity for over two and a half millennia, nearly 25 million people in the United States still suffer from this condition.  However, we have come a long way in understanding its causes and triggers and have made large strides in our ability to treat and control it.  We pledge to continue to give our best efforts to expertly and compassionately care for our patients with asthma.



Could this beautiful art be yours?

Yes, it’s very simple!

Enjoy a 30% discount and have an opportunity to be part of my art exhibit!
“Gift of the Rose” is an art exhibit dedicated in memory of my sister who suffered from asthma. The exhibit is about the language in colors of roses, roses are for love, pink is for gratitude and you can find more about the history and meanings related to the colors of roses here. Submit a story or poem about the colors in roses, the meanings or any roses related story or poem and receive 30% discount off any item from my Etsy shop “La Galeria”!

To receive a coupon code towards any purchase at “La Galeria”, first submit your story or poem and I will send you a special coupon code to use at checkout!

Read about the loss of parents or the story of a slave named Rose and the underground railroad.
One of the paintings will be appearing in the May issue of “American Art Collector”, the proceeds from the painting “Tenderness” will go to the Golisano Children’s Asthma Fund. Submit your story or poem and that’s it, you’ll be part of an art exhibit and enjoy great impeccable art! My goal is to collect the stories and poems along with my artwork and publish a book where the proceeds will go the Golisano Children’s Hospital to further benefit the Pediatric Asthma Support. This is only possible if you can help, help a child breathe easier!

“Grand Opening”, 8×10″ Giclee print on Somerset Velvet Paper

$35 less 30% discount !

“Grand Opening”, 8×10″ Giclee print on Somerset Velvet Paper, in a gold frame

$54.95 less 30% discount !

or an original acrylic of a stunning White Calla!

Imagine at $99.95 less 30% discount!

Theft at the Louvre

A thief in Paris planned to steal some Paintings from the Louvre.

After careful planning, he got past security, stole the paintings, and made it safely to his van..
However, he was captured only two blocks away when his van ran out of gas
When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied, ‘Monsieur, that is the reason I stole the paintings.’ I had no Monet

To buy Degas

To make the Van Gogh.

See if you have De Gaulle to send this on to someone else….

I sent it to you because I figured I had nothing Toulouse.

A little art humor to make your day!

10,000 Reasons to Discard Old Paint

We’ve probably all had old paint tubes sitting around for various reasons; experimenting with other mediums,  lack of time, purchased at incredible cost or for one of my students she inherited old paint. At one point I created a small “studio” in my basement, at first I love my special space and removing my art supplies from the kitchen table. After a while I became discouraged to paint because it was cold or damp and didn’t paint for a very long time. This caused some of my paint to get moldy and I tossed them out. I now have a studio on the first floor of a 3 level split house and I love it, I can look outside and have all the comforts at my fingertips. We’ve also done modifications to the basement improve ventilation and circulation.

Along the way, I  learned more about mold and it’s effect. This brings me to encourage you to carefully take a look at your supplies, where you paint and how it affects your health and your artwork. Mold reproduces by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye. There are approximately 10,000 mold spores on the head of a pin. As you paint with moldy paint, you contaminate your brush, which contaminates your palette, if painting with watercolor, now it’s in your water. Let’s not forget that beautiful painting that took hours to create and is now in an air tight frame, yep, contaminated!

June opening an old tube of paint

Need special tools to open that old tube of paint? Do you know where has it been? Ok, in June’s defense these were given to her.

Watercolor on Aquabord

You owe it to your collector’s to have the best quality artwork that will last for many years to enjoy! If it’s old, hard and moldy toss it. Old and hard paints make it difficult to create a juicy mixture of paint, specifically watercolors.  If you decide not keep a color for whatever reason and it’s in good usable shape, sell it, give it away or trade with another artist.  If you decide to keep a color that you haven’t used at all or barely, give it new life! Explore with color charts and color strings, you may find a new direction in your work.

In my workshops I start with color and your paint, this is not about the color wheel. I’ve created a spreadsheet for my students to inventory their paints, learn how to use the paints in a wise manner and how to stop spending money on paint when you can create beautiful colors, create spot on color match, learn about compatible palettes and much more. This simple portion can take an artist’s skills a lot further than a painting technique, although I do teach that also.  I encourage them to build stronger painting foundation which can be applied to any medium. At my last workshop, I shared how many tubes of paint I own, how and why I started the spreadsheet. One my students had me beat, she had close to 300, but she had inherited most of them. That day she tossed 45 tubes of old paint, it was quite an eye opener for her!

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