Monday, January 18, 2016

Winter in Wachapreague - and Helping Allen

Winter in Wachapreague
Oil on canvas, 10x10, $125

That's right, it snowed in Wachapreague! Today, a bitter, biting wind is blowing, and I am glad the studio is insulated. Before the storm, we saw lightning in the night sky.

It is a challenge to paint a winter scene like this. There are many tones of white, but the untouched roofs, facing the sky, are the brightest - by a long shot.

Allen Gaccione, who is 37, is the father of our youngest grandchild. Last week, Allen found out that he has cancer. It started in his colon and has spread to his liver. Doctors were able to get the colon tumor out, and when he heals enough, they will start with chemotherapy. 

Allen is a good guy and a wonderful father. He has worked for years at McQuade's Marketplace in Westerly, RI, where he lives. He does not have health insurance, in spite of working a full-time job. 

Friends have started a GoFundMe page for Allen; you can reach it by clicking here. If you want to help, that would be great. And whether you donate or not, please think of Allen, or send a prayer his way, if you are a praying sort of person. Thank you. 

Dog of the Day

Who doesn't need a big box of Puffy? 

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A Final Thought

"A good artist has less time than ideas."
- Martin Kippenberger


Unknown said...

So very sorry to hear the terrible news for your whole family - wishing him the very, very best with treatment, and sure hope the fundraising goes well. Sending my best wishes to you all!

Linda said...

Beautiful painting. Sweet cat.