ZsaZsa started her life in a back alley somewhere, the offspring of a very young feral cat. Lucky for her, she was trapped, along with her whole family, and tamed. My mother adopted her when she was a pitiful skinny little thing. ZsaZsa outlived my mother, and is now living happily with my sister, who asked me to paint her here.
Pretty flowers always make a statement; of simplicity, regularity, and pattern. We love them because of their simplicity and beauty. Unless you are painting botanicals, a painting of a flower must suggest, and not be overworked. I think I succeeded with these cone flowers. 5″ x 7″ for sale, $35.00. All proceeds go to endangered species conservation.
Rita is Rick William’s older sister, she carves too. She was gracious enough to let me use her as a model. One of the lessons on this painting was how much detail is important in a painting like this. This was my second attempt with this scene.
Rick Williams is a 7th generation carver. He is from the Nitinaht tribe, and can usually be seen downtown carving beautiful intricate totems. He sells them for very reasonable prices, and he’s happy to tell you all about what each figure on the totem means. Get yours today! Rick (who is on facebook) allowed me to take his picture for this work.
This portrait measures 10″ x 14″ and is hand painted on fine Arches watercolor paper. It is for sale for $200.00. All proceeds go to endangered species.
It was time to do another self portrait, so I dressed up as a peasant. This summer Seattle (where I live) had more tomatoes that grew and ripened than any year since I’ve been here. My ancestors grew tomatoes in Southern Italy (and my cousins still do) so this painting represents my grandmothers and their grandmothers who grew, harvested and preserved tomatoes every year.