Black-footed cat

blackfootedcatIn Southern Africa live one of the tiniest cat species that exists. They are called Black-footed cats, and they are smaller than a house cat. They are small, but ferocious, and are nicknamed anthill tigers. This one is for sale, for $30.00 it can be yours. And it’s a direct donation to the International Society for Endangered Cats. I’ll pay the postage.

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Sersale – the Milicurcio tree in San Pasquale Plaza

sersaletreeI had a wonderful time in Sersale. I am using my paints to help preserve my memories. Sersale is really a small town. But they have this huge tree. I imagine in the summertime, it’s the only place to go to get out of the sun. There is a little cafe there right behind the tree. Their tables are in a coveted spot. When it’s cooler out, however, ┬ámen all bask in the sun in front of the church while cars circle around looking for a parking space.

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Tiny Seattle

seattleatcThis is a painting of Seattle, the place I have made my home for over 35 years. It features the Smith tower, which was the tallest building west of the Mississippi for decades. It is dwarfed by the rest of downtown, and especially the Columbia tower, which looms behind it, just a few blocks away. This painting is part of a swap, it is not for sale. It is about the size of a credit card. Just for fun!

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Mariano Riccio – cousin, thespian

marianoPortraits can be fun, like this one of a young talented cousin of mine who resides in Rome. He’s about the same age as my sons, and I like to imagine they would have been friends if they’d grown up together. Thanks to facebook, there are always notices about which plays or films he appears in. This painting is not for sale.

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Nobility in other animals

dogncatSince my childhood, I have loved all animals and one of the things that often inspires me to paint would be a photograph that shows the character of another animal. I am friends with someone, a long time dog owner, who recently adopted a kitten. I have followed the story of the dog warming up to the cat, and the cat’s antics. After a compelling photo of the dog was posted on facebook, I could see his long suffering, patient soul, the dog, that is, in his relationship with the silly annoying young cat. And I had to paint it. Not for sale.

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