Hurricane Sandy sent me a bit off course for the last few days. Long Island was severely affected by the storm, but luckily my immediate area had no flooding or damage. We did lose power for a day and still don't have cable service. But we are so lucky compared to many here who lost their homes or suffered damage, or are still without power and heat in their home. My thoughts are with them all. The face of Long Island has changed dramatically in some spots.
Right before the storm arrived I did get to finally meet an internet friend for the first time. Lin Frye (Her work is under the links on the right, if you want to see her wonderful work.) was up visiting family and taking a watercolor class with Jean Haines on Long Island. She gave me a call and we went to a demo that her instructor was doing in Dix Hills. It was so much fun to meet Lin after many years of following each other on WetCanvas and our blogs. Unfortunately or fortunately Lin got stuck here as the storm roared through and spent several extra days at her sister's house waiting to get a flight back home to North Carolina. I'm still not sure if she left as scheduled today. The good thing was that I got to go over an visit her again while she was here, which I wouldn't have been able to do if she left as originally scheduled. It is always fun to meet people I've followed. Thanks Lin for sharing all your art information and allowing me to share some of your time!
"Longwood Estate" was painted before the storm when I went out with my plein air group. The storm has knocked down a great number of trees here on Long Island, so I am afraid that the next time I visit this spot it may be changed.
Have a wonderful day!