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Climb Every Mountain

December 26th, 2013

Climb Every Mountain

When I was in fourth grade, I had a music teacher named Mr. Walton. I don't know how many times we sang this song, "Climb Every Mountain."
The words still resonate with me now as they did when I was 10 years old. I feel, following your dreams makes life worth living.

Climb every mountain,
Ford every stream,
Follow every rainbow,
'Till you find your dream.

A dream that will need
All the love you can give,
Every day of your life
For as long as you live.

Michael the Archangel watches over me

December 19th, 2013

Michael the Archangel watches over me

Catholic churches are my favorite places to pray when no one else is there. Whenever I travel I always stop in a beautiful church. I love the ambience, the smell of incense, the amber light of the candles. I was always fascinated by the statues of the Saints, since I was a little girl attending Catholic school.
I thought at one time I would become a nun. I used to wrap a towel around my head and face and make-believe I was wearing a habit. I still don't understand how the Nuns in my day wore those long heavy black dresses and habits. My goal in 2014, is to photograph the Saints in all of the Catholic churches in New York City. Please let me know if there's any specific Catholic Church in New York City that you would like me to go visit and photograph. If you're interested in seeing my progress please subscribe to my website.

You are as beautiful as a red rose....

December 12th, 2013

You are as beautiful as a red rose....

Wouldn't it be wonderful to wake up every morning to beautiful red roses. Now you can!
Order a beautiful museum quality print of painted luscious juicy red roses.
http://joan-reese.artistwebsites.com/featured/juicy-red-roses-joan-reese.html

Good Morning America

November 29th, 2013

Good Morning America

Always with a camera in my pocketbook I'm ready when I find interesting characters on the street. Luckily, I live in one of the most colorful places, on the planet; East Village located in Manhattan, New York. I moved here in the 70s while I was a art student at the School of Visual Arts. I've seen many changes in the last few decades. When I moved here, I felt it was the real deal: it was all artists, poets and actors,etc. We still have a few of these interesting people that walk around the neighborhood. Is a great place to sit out at a café in the spring or summer time and watch the crowd go by. My passion is travel and I travel quite a bit. But I always love coming back to my neighborhood. I feel the most comfortable living here and I don't plan to ever move. Please subscribe to my blog, I upload photos on a daily basis. I have hundreds of photographs dating back to the 1970s. Have a happy holiday.

New York Citibikes.

November 21st, 2013

New York Citibikes.

New York City now has a new program that allows people to rent bikes on a hourly, daily and yearly basis. While walking in the East Village I saw this interesting lady riding her citibike. It put a smile on my face, I hope it does for you also.

McSorley s Old Ale House

November 18th, 2013

McSorley s Old Ale House

Took this photo on Veterans Day 2013.
McSorley's Old Ale House has been a gathering place, a watering hole, the subject of art and literature and even a supreme court controversy. Established in 1854 - McSorley's can boast of being New York City's oldest continuously operated saloon. Everyone from Abe Lincoln to John Lennon have passed thru Mcsorley's swinging doors. Woody Guthrie inspired the union movement from a table in the front - guitar in hand, while civil rights attorney's Faith Seidenberg and Karen DeCrow had to take their case to the Supreme Court to gain access. Women were finally allowed access to McSorley�s in 1970! Enter the sawdust strewn floors and history patched walls for a trip back through time. Share the McSorley's experience with the spirits of 150 years!Posted:
November 14th, 201

Hand Painted Silk Scarves

November 14th, 2013

Hand Painted Silk Scarves

The Holidays are a busy time for me. I paint "one of a kind" silk scarves. I find it, much harder to paint on silk than paper or canvas. It is a much more technical process and labor intensive. I use imported french dyes, overlapping colors using a wax resist. When I am finished painting, the silk is steamed for two hours to set the colors and make them permanent.
A silk scarf can last a lifetime, when taken care of. I have silk scarves that where given to me over twenty years ago and still look brand new.
They make the perfect gift! Visit my Etsy shop and see if there is one you love.

Irish Inn-Historical Inn - Atlantic City

November 10th, 2013

Irish Inn-Historical Inn - Atlantic City

Took this photo while staying at the Irish Inn. 2012 The history of the Irish Pub dates back to the 19th century. It has survived hurricanes, prohibition, two world wars, high tides and low tides. It has fed the famous and infamous. Being situated on St. James Place & the Boardwalk in Atlantic City,NJ. It has been identified with the game of Monopoly and the red hotels used in the game are based on the architecture of the Irish Pub.

Zippy the Lovebird

October 29th, 2013

Zippy the Lovebird

This is one of my favorite photo's of Zippy my pet Lovebird. I had pet birds all my life, but, zippy was very special. So sweet, funny and very affectionate. When ever I was on the computer he always tried to get my attention. He lived 14 years and passed away 4 years ago. I don't think I will ever get another bird again, no bird could replace Zippy.

Paintings on Silk

October 28th, 2013

Paintings on Silk

My original silk paintings on silk scarves are available on my Esty shop. I studied Chinese painting with a master painter in N.Y.C. Chinatown.
I love the way the dyes flow on the silk. They are so beautiful to wear, it is hard for me to part with them. So, now with FineArtsAmerica I can share the image of them.

 

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